Monday, November 11, 2013

No-sew boy's superhero cape

Today I (Jessica) am bringing you a project that involves absolutely no sewing, a kid's super hero cape! That's right, you don't have to have any crafting skills, and no special tools. And you'll be able to make it in under 30 minutes! Ready? Here we go.

What little boy (or girl, honestly) doesn't want to be a superhero? This would make an awesome DIY Christmas gift!

You'll just need five things: a T-shirt, a pair of scissors, a piece of woven fabric, double-sided fusible interfacing and an iron. That's it!

1. You need one T-shirt, I used a youth small from Joann's, but you could literally use any T-shirt you have on hand.
2. Cut the T-shirt up both sides.
3. Cut off the sleeves.
4. Cut the front of your T-shirt off.

5. Along the front collar, cut the extra fabric off as shown.
6. Lay your T-shirt down flat, and cut in slightly curved line along the sides where the red arrows are pointing on the picture.
7. Check your new edges and make sure they're even and cleanly cut, then cut the other side.
8. Lay your new cape shape out flat and check to make sure both sides are even.

9. Now it's time to add your embellishment. At first I thought about adding a freezer paper stencil like I used to make my daughter's shark t-shirt, but then I decided that would be too much work. So instead, we'll be doing an iron-on applique. You'll need a piece of woven fabric and some double sided fusible interfacing.
10. Iron your interfacing to your woven fabric, then turn it over and trace whatever embellishment you choose onto the other side (I chose my son's initial). Make sure you do it backwards! Otherwise when you iron it on your letter will be backwards.
11. Iron your embellishment to your cape, making sure you check that it's placed exactly where you want it.
12. You're done!

Now you have an awesome personalized superhero cape that will make you a "super" cool mom (with minimal effort). And you'll have a fun dress-up piece for your little one. My little Dude loves his! Here he is trying to scale tall trees in a single bound:

Although I think my Dude is probably more of a Super Villain then a super hero. That is, if this look is any indication:

Have fun with this super easy craft idea! And if you'd like to check out more kid's crafts by us, you can check out our sewing for kids page, or our crafts page. See you there!



  1. Love this idea! So cute and easy! :)

  2. How simple!! I love that you used a shirt. I will most definitly be sharing :)

  3. How simple!! I love that you used a shirt. I will most definitly be sharing :)

  4. How simple!! I love that you used a shirt. I will most definitly be sharing :)

  5. Very cute. My little guy would love this too. Pinning it for later. Thanks! I’d love it if you linked up with our weekly link up party and shared!

  6. So cute and simple! PINNING! I invite you to link up this project to our link party and blog hop! Hope to see you there!

  7. My little boy is going to LOVE this, he's in a big super hero - "To The Rescue" phase. Can't wait!

  8. Love this idea. No sew is definitely a bliss for me! ;)


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