GREEN HALLOWEEN DIY: The Six-Minute Superhero Cape

by , 10/22/08

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Last year, while my son was still in preschool, a showy little kid came to school wearing an even more showy little number. It was a red slick, satiny, superhero cape, and my son immediately wanted one. The cape was sold at one of our local kids’ shops, but on inspecting the price tag I experienced a shock worse than a jolt from the super villain Electro: thirty bucks for a single piece of fabric? Not even if the lightning bolt stitched to the back were cast down by Zeus himself would I pay that price. Though I’m no Sally Seamstress, I decided we should make our own.

Below are instructions on how to create (in 6-minutes or less) that most essential of superhero accessories. It’s so simple even your kid can help you do it:

1) Find an old T-shirt with a solid color (if you want to make this process even faster, choose one with a desirable graphic already printed on the front and skip step 4).

2) Using a pencil and ruler, draw lines from the hemline of the side seam at the waist to where the neck band and the shoulder seam meet.

3) Cut along these lines and around the front portion of the neck band following just below the seam (be sure not to cut through the cape area, and cut on the front if you would like to make use of the T-shirt’s graphic, or along the back if you want to design your own).

4) Embellish the cape using a stencil, embroidery, recycled crayons, patches or felt appliques. If you want the cape to really last, make a quarter-inch fold along the cuts and hem the edges.

If with only six minutes and almost no sewing skills I could create a cape my son approves of, imagine what you could do.

WARNING: May inspire couch jumping.

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10 Responses to “GREEN HALLOWEEN DIY: The Six-Minute Superhero Cape”

  1. Heather says:

    That’s fun! More authentic than a towel + a clothespin. :)

  2. A cape does not a superhero make…
    Now an afro like that? Well sir, that’s another question entirely! Almost makes me want to grow mine back.

  3. Desmond Williams says:

    Ah yes. Without the cape the ‘fro still serves to thwart adult evil-doers by consuming huge amounts of their time in the morning grooming before school.

  4. PJ Doland says:

    Didn’t you see The Incredibles?

    NO CAPES!

  5. Desmond Williams says:

    They got it wrong. Put underwear over pajamas and you’re crazy. Add a cape and you’re incredible. Even Captain Underpants wears one.

  6. kmom says:

    So cool and easy. Did cross my mind that this could be a bit of a hanging hazzard—the ribbing around the neck will keep it on and the cape waving in the wind could get caught and the child might have trouble getting free. ?Keep an eye on your superhero?

  7. Desmond Williams says:

    Thanks kmom. With the implied invincibility that comes with a cape (or any other costume for that matter) adult supervision is always a must. And kids should definitely not sleep in it.

  8. Becca says:

    If you are worried about choking, cut through the middle of the neckband (at the front) so it opens up and then stitch on some velcro to both sides. It will hold as a cape, but pull off if it gets caught.

  9. Susanna says:

    Very cool, thanks so much! Lacking sewing machine and knowledge, I just used pinking shears to cut it out and prevent fraying. Stealing ideas from another site I used double sided fusible interfacing to iron on a pinked circle that the hero-to-be can create their own super emblem on with fabric markers. Now I just have to make 24 more for a birthday party……!

  10. CassieV says:

    I just want to say THANK YOU!!!! I was looking for a quick and easy superhero cape to do as a project for a storytime, and I happened upon your site. This is perfect!!! You saved my brain from trying to come up with a cape that could be done without sewing and could still be awesome! Thanks so much for posting this!

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