Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Naptime Superhero Cape

Because you can make it during one naptime!

*The following yardages are for a small cape, like 2-5 year olds. If you want to make one for a big kid, such as a 2nd-4th grader, or just a longer cape, I suggest adding 8-10" of fabric onto the bottom hem before you cut it out.*

You'll need:
1/2 yard of fabric for the outside
1/2 yard fabric for lining
and then whatever fabric you want for your emblem, if you want one at all
matching thread

Lay out your fabric so that it's folded in half, lengthwise. Using a pencil or whatever draw a quarter circle from the salvage corner to 19" down the folded side. Then draw a 3" quarter circle in the upper folded corner, this is for the neck. Cut out. You should have a 180 degree circle with a 180 tiny circle in the middle for the neck.

Put the right sides together and stitch around the neck.

Sew on your emblem. I stitched mine together, but you could also use that heat adhesion stuff with your iron.

Cut out two 10" long, 3" wide strips of fabric matching the outside of the cape. These are the neckties. Sew each one of the strips so that it makes a tube, and then close off one end. With the cape inside-out, pin the neckties in between the outside cape fabric and the lining, with the end of the neckties even with the edges of the cape fabric, so that the tie is pointing toward the middle of the cape, in between the two layers. Sew down each side of the cape, back-tacking over where the neckties are so that it's reinforced there.

Keeping your cape inside-out, stitch most of the bottom hem, but leave a 3" opening. Pull the cape right-side-out through the opening and slip stitch to finish.

Sorry I didn't take any step-by-step pictures this time! I'm going to make another one soon and I'll be sure to take some and update this post.

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