OK now that Christmas is over, I can share all of my handmade gifts with you!
This all started with Pinterest (shocking, I know). I saw these adorable Superhero capes and was inspired to make some for my nephew. He is just over 2 years old and is ALL boy. I wasn't quite sure how hard these would be to make, so I started with something simple: Batman!
(don't mind my mini ironing board and cardboard boxes peeking out from the bottom. I had to use them as a non-moving target/model)
I found a sewing pattern from McCall's at my local Joann's for the cape, but there are plenty of free cape tutorials out there. I improvised just a bit by adding a hem through the top part of the cape for the tie string. You can use velcro to close these capes if you want, there are many variations. I just created a tie string with a piece of fabric and threaded it through my top hem. I did a quick stitch in the middle to keep the string from pulling through either side.
My template for the Batman logo was another Pinterest find - this lovely blog has FREE printables for you to use as Superhero logo templates - it made is SO easy to cut out from some felt. From there, I just sewed it down with my sewing machine and then sewed it right to the back of the cape.
For the mask, I used that same McCall's Superhero Costume pattern and traced the mask onto some felt. I traced 2 pieces of felt out and sewed them together, sandwiching the elastic in between as I went along.
After I completed Batman, I got brave.
My nephew's most favorite thing in the world right now happens to be Super WHY - so I just had to try to create him his very own Super Reader cape! Here's how it turned out:
Unfortunately, the Super WHY logo is NO WHERE NEAR as easy as the Batman logo. LOL. I mean, let's look at how much is going on in this logo...
THANKFULLY I found this wonderful person who created a free printable Super WHY template. I used 4 different colors of felt to create this logo - just traced them onto some cardstock and did my best to cut them & sew them all together. I layered them all on top of one piece of green felt. I did this for a few reasons: a) it was much easier to sew the smaller pieces to one piece of felt instead of directly onto the cape and b) The logo needed something to make it stand out from the blue fabric of the cape.
The KEY to all of this was: FREEZER PAPER (found right next to the Ziploc bags in your grocery store aisle). Makes life a lot easier when working with felt. Trust me! (and thank you to the many sewing YouTuber's who pointed me in the direction of freezer paper. It's amazing.)
Here is another shot of the cape, showing the green color on the inside. I just love the shimmery/shiny fabric that I used for this. Makes me want to create lots more Superhero capes. I will most definitely be creating one for Brooke some day.
The mask was another template from the McCall's pattern. Pretty straightforward.
The good news is that the capes were a hit with my nephew...especially the Super WHY one! He opened it and yelled "WHYY!! WHY!!!". Here he is, in all his Super Reader glory:
A perfect fit!!
I hope this has inspired some of you to try some homemade gifts for your loved ones - I am by no means an expert seamstress - so if I do these...well, anyone can!