|Lighting Bolt & Golden Star|
For my twin nephews' 5th birthday, I made them each a superhero cape — complete with superhero cuffs and masks. Even though I was really nervous, the fabric of choice was satin because my husband and I believed the shininess would give them extra super powers!
I wasn't too happy with the cape pattern I found online; the width was about the size of a bath towel. I wanted a cape that's big enough so that they can grab it, bring it over their shoulders, and cover their faces. So I made my own pattern, but it's really just a half circle.
Below are the instructions for the cape, mask, and cuffs:
**NOTE: The capes I made for the twins have two colours. Blue on one side and red on the other. And vice versa.
MAKING THE CAPEMATERIALS:
- 2 meters of Satin (1 meter for the front and 1 meter for the back of the cape)
- Satin - in colours for the circle, star/lighting bolt, and initial
- Iron-on adhesive for the initials, symbols, and circle
- Iron-on interfacing for the collar
- Scrap paper to help with satin stitching
STEP 1— CREATE YOUR PATTERN
- Download the pattern.
- Draw your pattern on Kraft paper and cut it out. For the collar tabs, don't forget to add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance.
|Draw your pattern on Kraft paper, and cut it out.|
|Print 1 for circle, 1 for star/lighting bolt, and 1 for the initial.|
- From your computer, print out the initial. Avoid cursive and serifs fonts for easy sewing.
STEP 2 — CUT OUT THE PIECES
- Cut 2 half circles for the cape. One for the front, and one for the back.
- Transfer the collar pattern (two are mirror images of each other) on to the interfacing, iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric and cut it out. You should have 4 collar pieces in total (2 pieces are mirror images of the other). Set aside.
- Draw the circle onto the paper side of the iron-on adhesive.
- Iron the adhesive to the wrong side of the frabric .
|Adhesive is iron on the wrong side of the fabric before cutting out the circle.|
- Cut out the circle.
- Peel off the paper backing and iron it onto the cape.
- Set your sewing machine to create a dense zigzag stitch (close together). Also referred to as a satin stitch.
- To prevent buckling, slide a piece of paper underneath the circle. Satin stitch around the circle.
|Back of the cape.|
|Front of the cape.|
- Repeat for the Star/Lighting bolt.
- Repeat for the initial.
- Remove the paper on the back.
STEP 4 — MAKE THE COLLAR
- Pin the pieces right sides together.
- Sew with a 1/2 inch all around, leaving the ends open.
- Trim seam allowance to 1/4 inch (except for the opening), and clip around the curve edge.
- Turn right side out, and iron.
- Top stitch 1/4 inch all around, leaving the ends open.
- Repeat for the other set.
STEP 5 — PUTTING THE CAPE TOGETHER
- Pin the two half circles right sides together.
- Insert the collar, 1/2 inch from the "neck" edge.
|Collar is pin 1/2 inch from the neck's edge.|
- Sew with 1/2 inch all around leaving a 5 inch opening on the bottom.
- Clip around curve edge.
- Turn right side out.
- Iron and top stitch 1/4 inch all around.
- Sew Velcro onto the collars.
|Cape with top stitching along the edge.|
|The finished superhero cape.|
MAKING THE MASKMATERIALS:
- Satin (left over from the cape)
- 1/2 inch elastic (length according to your little one's head)
- A safety pin
- Iron-on interfacing
- Cut 1½ inch by the longest length the elastic will stretch.
- Fold right side together and sew 1/2 inch along the edge.
- Turn right side out and thread elastic through with the safety pin
- Sew the ends to hold elastic in place.
|Ends are sewn to hold elastic in place.|
STEP 2 — PUTTING IT TOGETHER
- Begin with the pattern found here.
- Transfer the pattern onto the interfacing
- Add 1/2 inch seam allowance
- Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric, and cut out the mask.
- Repeat for the other side.
|1/2 inch seam allowance added, interfacing iron on fabric, and cut out.|
- Insert strap and pin right sides together.
|Strap is sandwiched between the two masks, pinned, right sides together|
- Sew 1/2 inch all around, leaving a 2 inch opening
- Trim seam allowance to 1/4 inch (except for opening), and clip curve edges.
- Turn right side out and iron
- Hand sew the opening close
- With white pencil crayon, draw the opening for the eyes
|Use a light pencil crayon to draw the opening for the eye|
- Satin stitch around the opening of the eye.
- Cut out the eye piece.
|The finished superhero mask.|
MAKING THE CUFFSMATERIALS:
- Satin (left over from the cape)
- Iron-on interfacing
- Iron-on adhesive
- Measure the your little one's wrist to determine the size of the rectangle. Remember to overlap, and to add 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- Shrink the star/lighting bolt to your desire size.
- Draw 4 rectangles on the interfacing
- Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric
- Cut out the rectangles
- Draw two star/lighting bolt on the paper side of the adhesive
- Iron the adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric
- Cut out the shapes
- Peel off the paper backing and iron the shape onto the cuff.
- To prevent buckling, slide a piece of paper underneath the shape. Slowly, begin satin stitching around the shape.
- Remove the paper.
- Pin two rectangles, right sides together.
- Sew 1/2 inch all around leaving a 2 inch opening.
- Clip off corners and turn right side out.
- Iron and top stitch 1/4 inch all around
- Sew on Velcro
- Repeat for the other cuff
|The finished superhero cuffs.|
|Superhero cape, mask, and cuff.|