Superhero Cape and T-Shirt How-To
A cape is truly what separates the supermen from the boy wonders.
This one requires just one easy seam -- we didn't even hem the edges.
If your kids can use scissors, they can help make costumes. When shopping for materials, explore your local hardware store: Most carry duct tape, painters' tape, and foil tape in a range of colors.
Resources: Assorted 3M Scotchlite reflective fabrics, 12 inches, and tape, 2 inches, in Orange and Yellow, by Iron Horse Safety; reflectivefabric.com. Wool felt, 18 inches square, in Flame, Leaf, and Peach; magiccabin.com. Blue Harlequin Masquerade mask and Black Sophisticate Domino mask, partycity.com.
- Alphabet Templates
- Lightning Bolt Template
- Planet Template
- Star Template
- Felt or sparkly paper, holographic metallic-effect film, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, in Silver-Shine
- Small sharp scissors
- 36-by-36-inch piece of polyester satin (or T-shirt)
- 24 inches of 1/2-inch chromspun grosgrain ribbon, 5/8 inch, in Neon Orange and Gray
- Fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac
- Safety pin
Make letter or symbol: Print a template of your choice. Cut out. Trace onto felt or paper, and cut out.
Make cape: Fold over 1 side of the fabric by 1 inch, and press with a cool iron. Sew down flap, creating a 3/4-inch channel. Attach safety pin to 1 end of ribbon, and thread through. (No-sew option: Snip holes along 1 edge and run ribbon through.)
Lay cape or T-shirt flat. Squeeze glue all over the back of the letter or symbol, and position on cape or shirt. Let dry.