My kids have loved pretending to be superheros lately. It’s hilarious and cute. So, I thought handmade super hero capes and masks would be a perfect Christmas gift. They turned out great. I made some for my sister’s boys too. The kids love ’em. Sometime they even just wear them while eating meals or watching TV. (Which cracks me up.) But I guess even superheros gotta eat. They are a great DIY gift for any kid.
To make the capes you need…….
3/4 yard of jersey
I bought a yard of jersey fabric for each one. Jersey doesn’t fray – Hooray! Perfect for a DIY no sew crafter like me. (Plus the jersey was half off before Christmas – score!) I wanted to be sure to make the capes big enough but I ended up cutting each yard in half because a whole yard was WAY too big. I used a bit of the extra to make the masks. So, I think you would only really need about 3/4 of a yard to make these.
To make the emblems on the back….. I cut an old tie dyed T-shirt into the diamond shapes. And then used fabric paint for the outline and the big letter.
To make these totally “no sew” I was going to paint the diamond and letter right onto the back of the cape. That would have been easier. But, I then found the fun old tie dyed shirt that I thought would be perfect! So, I decided to just use fabric glue to glue it on. When it came time to do that, I discovered that my fabric glue was all dried up. 🙁
So, I ended up hand stitching the tie-dyed piece onto the cape. Which took a long time. Way too long. But that could be because I was doing it while having a glass (or two) of wine and watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation…. plus I am a terrible sewer. Is sewer even a word? Seamstress maybe? 🙂
I used about two feet of grosgrain ribbon for the tie. To thread it through “no sew style”…..
Fold the fabric down and cut a little slit every few inches. When you open the fabric back up you will have a hole every few inches and you can thread the ribbon right through. I tied knots on the edges so it doesn’t come out.
I gave the kids super hero names and used fabric paint to write their new names right on the cape above the letter. To make the masks, I cut a 5 or 6 inch strip, folded it in half and cut out eye holes. I decorated the super hero masks with fabric paint. The whole project was really simple. You should try it.
They LOVE them! They love making a bed of pillows and flying off my trunk! It’s so funny.