One of Cupcake’s favorite shirts is a Supergirl shirt from Old Navy with a detachable cape on it. Any time she sees it in the drawer she wants to wear it.
She likes being a superhero. She also has a book about superheros that she loves (though sometimes she does the villain laugh). Her friends also like to pretend they’re superheros, so when I needed a birthday gift for one of her friends I decided to whip up a superhero cape. And of course I made one for Cupcake, too.
You’ll need two colors for your cape and two colors for your applique.
For the cape cut two pieces 20″H x 24″L. One in your main fabric, one in your backing fabric. Also cut one piece 4″ x 24″ in your contrasting fabric for the neck.
Use a bit of iron on interfacing and apply it to the back of your accent fabric. Find a round object (I used a 6″ cake pan) to cut a circle out of one accent fabric. Do the same to cut out a letter.
Stitch your letter to your circle.
When appliqueing you don’t want to backstitch at the start or the end.
When you’ve come back to where you started you want to pull the tails to the back of your fabric.
You’ll have 4 threads on the back. Now you tie them off, leaving your front clean.
Do the same when applying the circle to the center of your cape. Be sure to use a piece of stabilizer on the back of the cape to keep the fabric smooth. Once your applique is on your cape you can stitch the cape together.
Place your two fabrics right sides together. Sew down both sides and the bottom. Leave the top open. I pinned it along the top just to keep my fabric in place.
Turn the fabrics right side out and sew a gathering stitch along the top. (to sew a gathering stitch set your machine to the longest stitch length)
Pull your gather until your fabric measures 10″ across the top.
Take your neck piece and fold it in half and press. Fold in the ends and press.
Fold your raw edges of the long side in and press.
Find the center of your neck piece and the center of cape and line them up.
Open the neck piece and sandwich the cape fabric in the fold. Smooth out your gathering and pin. Stitch along the sides and the length of the neck piece.
Add a small piece of hook and loop to the ends of the neck piece and you are done!
This is the only shot of this one I was able to get as I had to hurry up and wrap it for the birthday girl before we went out of town. But, of course I made one for Cupcake, too, so…..
Be sure to present your little one with their new cape on a windy day. It gives the cape a real authentic feel.
If wind is nowhere to be found, flying can also be achieved via swing.
A Superhero weapon, in Cupcake’s case a magnifying glass, is icing on the cake! And didn’t you know that superhero’s wear purple polka dot socks with their skirt and shoes?
What are you waiting for? Go sew up a Superhero Cape!!! Your kids will thank you!