Every child harbors fantasies of becoming a superhero, wielding the powers of a Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. And although the capacity to fly, see through walls, and stop rogue meteorites on a collision course with Earth is probably beyond their ability, creating a proper superhero cape is an easy project involving little more than a bath towel, a washcloth, and reflective material.
Tools and Materials
Superhero Cape Template
Adhesive agent, such as Steam-a-Seam
Disappearing-ink marking pen
Superhero Cape How-To
1. Download and print the templates, then choose one of the shield shapes and an additional shape, and enlarge the images 400 percent. Cut a piece of reflective fabric into a 12-by-12-inch square. Trace the shield template on the square, then flip the template over and trace again; the templates are in halves, so you'll wind up with a whole symbol. Lay a piece of adhesive agent on the reverse side of the reflective material, cut out the shield, and using a pressing cloth and iron, affix the shield to the towel.
2. Place the lightning bolt or other symbol over the washcloth, and trace the shape using the disappearing-ink pen. Place the washcloth over the shield, and pin in place with straight pins. Sew along the traced line using a straight stitch, and cut away the excess washcloth with applique scissors. Save the scraps to fashion a button. Finish with a zigzag stitch along the lightning bolt.
3. To make a button, cut a circle of fabric that's twice the diameter of the button. Follow the instructions provided with the button-covering kit. Sew the button onto the cape. Measure your child's neck, and sew a scrap of the reflective-fabric shield in the appropriate spot on the cape to form a button loop.