Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The fastest cape in the sky!

Does your little superhero need a new cape?  Here's a very simple and free way to get off the ground, using things you already have in your house:


If you don't have a crochet hook, you can thread the ribbon through with a safety pin.

Wait!  Come back!  I want to take a picture for my blog!!!

Some tips & tricks:

Stretch the fabric out on the ribbon so it comes together in the front.  This will be more comfortable and look better.  When you have it spread out just right, tie a little bit of the t-shirt hem into a knot in the ribbon on each side, that way the ribbon won't slide out.

I am going to do this project with a preschool class, and I plan to put velcro closures on their ribbons.  (The ribbon tied around the neck makes this cape inappropriate for school, playground or unsupervised play.)  You could also use snaps, or fabric enclosed magnets if you're feeling crafty.

This is the perfect upcycle for that hideous hand-me-down hot pink maternity shirt that you had through three pregnancies and never wore once.

The front and back of the shirt can both be used.  Matching sibling capes?  One for laundry days?

Save the sleeves and collar for other superhero accessories like wristbands, superhero gloves, infinity belts (I'm not sure what they are, but they're always being worn around here), or use the sleeve for a matching mini cape for a favorite doll or toy!

If you don't happen to have a spectacular 23-year-old rainbow tie-dyed t-shirt from your first week of college laying around, you or your little hero can decorate their cape with fabric pens, paint, stencils, or trimmings that you sew on or attach with fabric glue.  They will love it even more if they made it themselves!

Coming soon... photos from our cape-making birthday party!


  1. great tutorial! simple and with stuff on hand... the very best kind of project (in my opinion, at least)!

  2. when my little nephews come to visit this is what we will be doing and then jumping on the trampoline

  3. This is wonderful!! I never thought of doing that! :)

  4. My friend!
    I LOVE your blog! And I love this post!
    Diego and Natalie are going to want a cape like this.
    I can use a black XL shirt from Bill to make it big and dramatic.
    Elsitya :)

  5. This is awesome! I'd like to have a huge poster on my wall of him doing that super hero jump off the stairs. Ha! What a great set of photos.

    This blog is so great. I can tell it's going to be one of my new favorites for sure!

  6. What a cute little superhero you have!

  7. I love this tutorial because the steps are so clear, perfect for someone who is knot sew crafty, like me!


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