Monday, April 25, 2011

Super Hero Capes

I hope you had a wonderful Easter day with your families. We had a lovely day. Church was great, then we came home to a delicious dinner and then we went outside and enjoyed an Easter egg hunt with our neighbors! Such a beautiful day to be outside and remember why we celebrate Easter. I hope you all had a wonderful day as well.

I'm excited to share this project with you today. My cute little daughter just had a birthday and has a healthy obsession (is that an oxymoron?) with Superman! So she wanted to have a super hero birthday. I tried to comply.

We played pin the super "S" on Superman....

We played "collect the kryptonite" using huge pom-pom balls (and some felt food--potatoes, tomoatoes, anything round....I didn't have enough pom-poms, turns out). The kids had to collect them with tongs and put them into a bucket in the middle of the room. Fun times!

We got a glow-in-the-dark-glow-stick to play "hot potato." You guys remember the old Superman? And the green crystal that makes the Fortress of Solitude? No? Ok, nevermind.

And we played "dress like a super hero!" I made some fun capes for the kids and they were SO easy. I was proud of myself. I'm not a sewer and I had about a day to make these.
I measured the length between my daughter's shoulder and then measured down to around mid-calf. I made a pattern out of butcher paper of half a triangle. I found some super cheap fabric ($2/yard) and folded it in half, making sure the salvaged end was the bottom of the cape (one less side to sew). The fold is the middle of the cape, to make your triangle even. Once you cut out your fabric, fold the top of your triangle down, and cut off the tip ( you could cut off the top of your pattern to save yourself a step).
Now, here comes the easy part. Get your iron out and take your long sides of the triangle and iron them over about 1/4 of an inch. Then fold them over and iron them again. This will ensure you to get a hem that won't fray. Do this with the long sides before moving to the top of your cape.

Now, for the neck area, do 1/4" double fold and iron it down. Then, fold it down about 1 1/2" and iron it again.
Then, go and sew down your ironed folds! This was great for me because it meant I didn't have to pin. Ugh, I'm a terrible pinner.
Next, go to your fabric store and hit the furniture trim section. I found this lovely rope for about $.65/yard. It was so cheap! I love that. I cut lengths of 30" and then simply taped the edges so they wouldn't fray. Push them through your neck seam and take a needle and thread and sew a simple stitch in the middle of the rope to keep it from slipping out.

Total cost for my capes came out to be about $1.50 per cape. I know! So cheap, right? And the kids LOVED it! I was worried they wouldn't enjoy them, but they wore them the whole party and took them home as part of their party favors.

You can have a little fun with it and sew fun stitches with contrasting thread. This was just a simple way for me to provide a fun activity and party favor. 

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Those capes are super cute. :)

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  2. SO cute! I have been meaning to make my boy a cape to go with his Grover hat I crocheted...SUPER GROVER:-0

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  4. Love it as a party favor! Unique and fun for the party itself!

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