Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DIY Superhero Cape

Since I am really enjoying sewing, I wanted to try and make some homemade gifts this year.

I've been pinning many, many ideas, and thought superhero capes would make really cute gifts for our nieces and nephews!

Leah testing out her cousin's cape
I found this tutorial and followed it, and then added on an applique circle with each child's initial to personalize their cape. I really like the finished products because they are reversible and so cute and fun!

The tutorial I followed said you would need a yard of each fabric (front and back), but I used less, probably a half or 3/4 yard of each. As always, I wasn't super technical! It's hard to make a mistake on this; there's a lot of room for error. 


I was going to write out a tutorial, but the one I followed was pretty good, and I didn't take a whole lot of photos while I was working on them. 



Here are just a few photos of the process: 



I even got to use a plate!
It was really easy! 

One thing I did differently from the tutorial I followed was instead of sewing the opening closed by hand (since I hate sewing without a machine!), I left the opening along the bottom of the cape, and then topstitched the length of the bottom. I topstitched all around the first cape I made, but liked just the bottom better. 

To do the applique, I just traced a bowl for the circle and then traced Leah's bath letters for each child's initial. 



I love the "Super Girl" print for the reverse side of the girls' capes! 



So fun! I've even received a request to make one in adult size :)

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