DIY Wednesday: No Sew Superhero Capes

My son’s birthday is rapidly approaching, and if you’ve ever attended one of his parties, or you’ve read any of my party how-to’s you know that I tend to go a little overboard.  I won’t apologize for it, it’s just who I am and what I do, and as long as I do it on a budget my hubby is happy, my son is happy and so am I.  This year my little superhero wanted all of his favorite Marvel and DC heroes and heroines to make an appearance so I am throwing him a “Super Hero Training School” birthday party.  I’ll post the invites, decor, and other printable and DIY goodies post-party (I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises for any party guests who might be thumbing through DIY Wednesday) so look for those in early March 2013.  I do want to share this how to because not only does it make a great party favor, it makes a great gift, or a just because pick me up for a rainy day.   It’s really easy, quick, and inexpensive.

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Soft Felt
  • Scissors
  • 5 sheets of printer size paper
  • Tape Measure
  • Stapler or Tape
  • Marker or White Crayon

Step One: Making Your Template

Here is a picture of my template, I used a recycled MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers) handout that consisted of  five sheets of paper stapled together, but tape would work just as well.  I’ll give you the measurements I used which worked out to be the perfect length for my 42 1/2″ tall soon to be five-year old.

The Yellow Line is 25″ Long

The Green Line is 3″ Deep (I used a big can of spaghetti sauce to make the half circle)

The Blue Line is 3″ Long

The Red Line is 11 1/2″ Across

Once you measure and mark these points on your paper you can connect those dots to make the basic shape of the cape, then simply cut it out and you have your pattern.

 

Step Two: Fold Baby Fold

You may have noticed that this pattern is only half a cape…don’t worry, I did that on purpose.  Your going to channel your inner third grader and do this “Construction-Paper-Valentine-Heart-Style”, meaning you’re going to fold your fabric in half, place the long side (yellow line side) on the fold and trace the pattern.  Then Cut through both layers at once.

 

 

 

Step Three: Making the Slit THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!

Once you cut it out and unfold it you’ll notice the circle for the head is a bit small for a kid to stick their head through…and a strangulation hazard should they get caught on something…CUT A SLIT IN THE FRONT SO THAT THE CAPE IS SAFE!  I recommend either pinning it to their shirt or adding some self adhesive Velcro squares that will break away if they were to get tangled.

You can then decorate the cape any way you like, I’ll be making custom Superman-esc letter logos featuring the party guests first initial (I don’t have any done because it’s still a bit early for RSVPs) but I’ve seen cute ones done with lightning bolts, glow in the dark puff paint, or reproduced logos from your favorite superhero.  The possibilities are really endless.

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