I am super excited about this project because I made it for my girls for this Christmas! Which is why I don’t have any models wearing it. It also means I’m getting things done for Christmas before December. Woot!
So week 3’s idea for the Handmade Gift Series is a
Superhero Cape for Girls!
Kami has loved pretending to be a superhero lately and tying a blanket around her neck doesn’t seem to be cutting it. So I made her and Clo each their own cape for Christmas. I got my template for the cape design from Freshly Picked, but made the K on the back myself. I actually made Kami’s neck size a little bit bigger than her template since it seemed really small to me. But I used it for Clo’s.
So here’s what you need:
1 yard of shiny pink fabric
1 yard of shiny yellow fabric
Purple and Yellow felt
I actually bought 2 yards of each fabric to make both the girls’ capes and it was more than enough. So you may need only about 1 – 1.5 yards if you want to make two.
Start by printing the template from Freshly Picked. Or you can just create your own. It’s pretty simple. Measure your child from their neck to about the back of their knees (if that’s where you want it to fall). Kami was 23 inches and Clo 19 inches. Fold the fabric in half with the shiny side in. Then trace the template making sure you have enough fabric for the length you need (I would add an inch for sewing).
Then extend the length of the cape by just free handing it. Doing mine again, I would make the first line not quite so long because it makes it pretty rectangular. Also make sure you have the inches from measuring your child from the neck to the end of the cape and then add one extra inch for sewing.
Once you’ve cut out the cape, then trace it on your second color so you have the same shapes.
Then on my computer I printed an oval and letters K and C for templates. Then I used them to cut out the felt. Now pin the oval onto the center of the shiny side of the pink fabric. Applique it on by sewing around the outside of the oval.
Then pin on your letter and applique it on on the oval.
Then take both sides of your capes, pin them right sides together. Sew around the entire perimeter, but leave a space for you to turn the fabric inside out! I left a space that my hand could fit through to make it easier. Sew using a straight stitch and then again using a zigzag stitch. This fabric frays easily, so this will prevent the frays from coming through the seam.
Then feed the fabric through the hole turning the cape right side out. Use a pencil to push out all the corners especially the part that goes around the neck.
Then take your velcro and cut a small piece for the neck. Sew one side of the velcro on one neck piece and then on the other making sure that they match up right when you put them together.
I like to sew around the perimeter of the velcro and then stitch and x through it for extra strenghth.
And you’re done! It took me about 2 hours to do both which isn’t too bad at all! I can’t wait for the girls to open these!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Handmade Gifts Series!
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