Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Making of a Superhero

At Jack's Batman birthday party we made superhero capes.  I got the template at Puking Pastilles.  She has a great tutorial, but I didn't want to do any sewing.  I bought seven yards of fleece at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off.  Seven yards cost $12.00.  I would easily spend $12.00 on party favors for 15ish children.

In an effort to make the huge amount of fabric easier to work with, I first cut down my fabric into the individual lengths I would need for the capes. 

Next I cut each on the fold. I was able to get fourteen capes out of the seven yards. 

I folded my square, and traced the template from Puking Pastilles with chalk, extending the length to the bottom of the square of fabric.  (This is a key step, or you will end up with a bib, not a cape. . . just trust me.)  When it was opened up, this is what it looks like.

Next I used some self-adhesive velcro tabs and stuck one pair together. 

I stuck one side onto my fabric, and put the next tab over so I could see how it closed before I adhered the other side of the velcro.  

Once I had it where I wanted it, I removed the plastic and adhered it.  I will tell you that next time I would use a glue gun, because the adhesive doesn't stick well to the fleece. 

To decorate, I bought self-adhesive felt stars and self-adhesive sheets of felt. The kids did their initials, hand prints, etc. on them, and they were adorable! (And I of course failed to take any pictures!)

The kids seemed to really enjoy decorating them, and if you catch a sale or use a coupon it's a relatively inexpensive craft/party gift.  I debated about making them, because I thought it would be a lot of work, but it was SO easy.  I probably cut them all down in less than 30 minutes.  Definitely worth it!

1 comment:

Chrissy said...

I did this for one birthday also - I made girls and boys capes in great colors and to this day - they still have them! My kids anyways... I love the small size of them....and there was more swooshing around than ever! I love reading your blog - it alsways puts a smile on my face!!!