This tutorial (which is a few years old as my children are now teenagers!) is for a reversible Superhero cape that would fit a child from approx age 3 to around age 8 or 9. You could easily make it smaller or bigger by just changing the pattern slightly. Its actually pretty quick and easy to make but looks complicated which makes it perfect for making as a gift! You can make different versions depending on the child e.g princess capes or name capes. For those of you who hate sewing there is also a 'no sew' version at the end!
The cape that I am showing in this tutorial is a reversible Batman cape but you can use any combination of colours/fabrics depending on what your little Superhero likes/wants. I'll show you some other ideas later.....
You will need:
- A sewing machine and thread
- 2 metres of fabrics (I used a black sheeting fabric and a red star fabric from Fabricland. You can use any sort of cheap sheeting fabric or polycotton or even an old bedsheet.
- Sew on Velcro or you could use snaps or a button. (I prefer not to use anything that ties around the neck).
- Felt (colours depend on which superhero you want to be!)
An old sheet (to make the pattern)
First you need to make a pattern. I found the best way of doing this was to use an old sheet. I folded it in half and then drew a very rough cape shape with a felt tip. I am rubbish at drawing so you really don't need any skill to do this! I used a small plate to get the circle for the neck. I found this the best way as you can try it on before you cut your fabric to see if the width and length are right for your child. Don't forget it will end up slightly narrower and shorter once it is sewn.
Then cut out two cape shapes. One from each of your fabrics.
Next you need to decide which Superhero you want to be. I was making this for Sam's friend who I knew wanted to be Batman. I decided not to do a logo on the other side as I really liked the star fabric. There are hundreds of websites that have downloads for Superhero logos. I used this blog for the Batman logo and printed it out onto paper.
You can then use them as a template to cut out the felt shapes.
Stitch around the Batman logo using black thread.
Find the middle of your cape and decide where you want your logo and then pin in place.
Machine sew around the edge. (You could use bondaweb to hold in place if you wanted but I didn't bother as its quite expensive).
Once your logos are finished, place the capes together right sides facing and pin. Sew around the edge from the bottom of the cape up around the neck and back down to the other side. I leave the bottom edge of the cape fully open as it makes it easier to turn it inside out.
Turn the cape inside out and press. Fold up the bottom edge making sure it is straight along the bottom, press and pin.
You then need to top stitch close to the edge all the way around the cape. This will also close the bottom hem. I put black in the top of the sewing machine and red in the bobbin so that when I top stitched both sides had co-ordinating thread.
All you need to do now is sew on two small pieces of Velcro for the fastening. One on each side of the cape.
Voila! You have a super dooper REVERSIBLE Superhero cape!!
You can make lots of different versions. My daughter wanted a Batgirl Cape. I used a very cheap shiny pink fabric from Fabricland on the reverse.
My daughter also wanted the other side to be a Princess cape so I appliqued a heart shape of princess fabric onto pink felt and sewed it on as with the Batman logo.
I made my daughters friend Fern a gold personalised cape. This had a personalised Superman logo. You can download the whole alphabet from this website.
My son wanted Superman on one side and a Prince cape on the other hence the Crown! These were made using very cheap red and blue polycottons from Fabricland.
No Sew Version
For my son's birthday party I wanted to make everyone a personalised superhero cape instead of giving them party bags (I know I am mental but it seemed like a good idea at the time!) It was too expensive and time consuming to make everyone a proper cape so I needed to find a fabric that I didn't need to sew. I eventually found it at Fabricland and it was only 75p a metre! Its almost like paper but much much stronger as it doesn't tear and it also doesn't fray. I simply cut out the same cape shape, attached some velcro and it was a cape ready to go! You can use stick on velcro for the fastening. The fabric was available in both red and blue.
I personalised mine by sewing on superman logos but you could use Bondaweb instead and just iron on a felt logo. Just be careful and use a coolish iron and a tea towel as you cannot iron directly onto this fabric. I found this out when I tried and it melted onto my iron! I'm really sorry that I don't know what this fabric is called. It was a while ago and I just can't remember.
Lovely 'No Sew' capes - I clearly had too much time on my hands!
My son (sporting a weird mix of Spidermannd Superman attire). He looks so cute!
Look the no sew capes work!!