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.
LOVE this and the photos. I will be ordering some jersey soon and getting to work for some little superheroes that I know!
These are SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSLY cute! Must. Must. Must make for my heroic boys.
BTW…who won your giveaway???? me??? 🙂
I love this idea! I have 7 nephews and wanted to make them something this year, and I think this is it!! So, just to super clarify, you really didn’t have to sew the edges of these capes? Are you just an awesome cutter because I suck at it and any tips are welcome! Also, is there a particular type of jersey you used that doesn’t fray? In my preliminary research, I have found that there are several types of Jersey and I don’t want to get the wrong one. Thanks a ton!
Thank you, Sarah! It’s true. They really didn’t need the edges sewn. It’s been a year and they still haven’t frayed. Curled a little tiny bit, but no fraying or tearing. I promise, I’m not great at cutting. I did use my sharpest scissors (that I try to only use for fabric…but that doesn’t always happen). I bought the jersey fabric at Joannes fabrics. (the cheapest one, with a coupon too!) It’s really quite thin. I think all jersey will work. My kids still play with them weekly! They LOVE them. Good luck! Your nephews are lucky! I would love to see pictures of your finished products.
Just ordered all my supplies, so I will definitely send you some pics once I get them made :)! Thanks again!
wendi watson says
extremely cool i miss the little peeps days! I’m in the stage where the kids are too old for this and thank goodness i dont have grand babies yet lol
Laurie Nykaza says
The kids would love these to play in or for a kids party too they are so cute and fun to make
Julie Marie Beane says
I needed this about two years ago…lol
cute pictures of the kids!
Peggy Johnson says
easy Halloween costumes, then use for everyday play
Rebecca Carter says
My son would go cray over this!
Priscilla S. says
These are absolutely adorable! I cant believe they’re no sew because they are just too cute.
This is a great idea, and very cute. I’m sure every child would love to have a super hero cape, thank you for sharing this great craft idea.
Farrah King says
My son will be thrilled to make these! I’m sure he’ll either want to be Flash or Batman! 🙂
Kimberly Flickinger says
VERY COOL! Thank you!
Kim Henrichs says
These are absolutely precious!!!
Stacy Harrington Calhoun says
I know some adults that are super hero fanatics, so they will love this idea for themselves too
Your kids are so cute! Look how serious they are in their capes! It certainly paid off, great idea.
sandy weinstein says
cute kids outfits….dont have kids but might works with dogs
Betty Baez says
These are cute! Love that you can customize your own cape!
Minta Boggs says
These capes are amazing! and so cute!
Paula Morgan says
Just precious!! The capes and the kids!! Hmmm…looks like this Grandma has some Capes to make!! ♥
Heather Hayes Panjon says
Adorable!!!!! My Kids Would Love These, They Are Always Playing Superheros,Can’t Wait To Make Them Their Own Capes.
Mary Beth Elderton says
This is brilliant! So easy and great to make capes for any hero!
These are great, ALL super heroes need a cape!
Cheryl Reinhardt says
How fun is that !!!! Every child loves to feel like a Super Hero and helping in the fun of making it priceless !!!!!
Jasmine P says
I have to make these for my kids! So cute!
RANDY FULGHAM says
VERY CUTE AND CREATIVE–HAPPY EASTER
These are quite playful!
Lily Kwan says
These super hero capes and masks look very nice. Thanks for sharing!