Fun Family Activities | 1 March 2018How to Sew a Cape for Your Super Kid Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Whether you have a young heroine that needs cuffs that give her super strength, or a pirate sea captain that needs his hat specially made, Lane Huerta’s Superhero Sewing has project for every situation. Start off by giving your little one powers by sewing this cape. Getting Ready to Sew WHAT YOU’LL NEED Basic tool kit Templates (DOWNLOAD HERE) FABRICS AND NOTIONS Fabric suggestions: For the capes: medium-weight cotton, lightweight cotton canvas or heavyweight muslin, denim, chambray, or kona cotton For the hat: heavyweight cotton or cotton canvas, denim, solid or small graphic pattern. Be mindful with stripes and larger patterns. For hat lining: cotton, shearling, felt, fleece, flannel For mask, cuffs, and appliqués: felt For the kid’s cape: 1 yard (0.9 m) of 45″ (1.14 m) wide fabric for the right side of the cape 1 yard (0.9 m) of 45″ (1.14 m) wide fabric for the lining 3″ (7.6 cm) of ½” (1.3 cm) wide Velcro/hook-and-loop tape For the sidekick cape: 1 yard (0.9 m) of 45″ (1.14 m) wide fabric for both fabric and lining Optional: 1 yard (0.9 m) of twill tape For the cape appliqués: For the shooting star: 1?3 yard (30.5 cm) each of felt in four colors For the lightning bolt: 1?3 yard (30.5 cm) each of felt in two colors For the mask: ½ yard (23 cm) of felt For a reversible mask, ¼ yard (0.5 m) pieces of felt in two different colors Iron-on adhesive (Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive, 4″ x 36″ [10 x 91.5 cm]) For the hat: ½ yard (0.5 m) of 45″ (1.14 m) wide fabric for the hat ½ yard (0.5 m) of 45″ (1.14 m) wide felt or fleece for the lining Use felt or fleece for the lining to help the hat stay on and keep little heads warm. For the hat appliqués: For each shooting star: 5 felt remnants large enough to cut 2 stars/3 flares For each lightning bolt: 3 felt remnants large enough to cut 3 lightning bolts; handful of polyester fiberfill For the cuffs: For the shooting star cuffs: 6 pieces of 10″ x 12″ (25.4 cm x 30.5 cm) felt remnants in 3 colors For the lightning bolt cuffs: 6 pieces of 10″ x 12″ (25.4 cm x 30.5 cm) felt remnants in 2 colors 4″ (10.2 cm)-long piece of Velcro/hook-and-loop tape for each cuff PATTERNS Trace the pattern pieces for all the projects you intend to make, including the appliqués, onto tracing paper or lightweight cardboard according to the instructions on page 24. Be sure to copy any pattern markings, such as notches and placement indicators, onto the templates. Cut out the traced patterns to make reusable templates. PATTERNS ARE PROVIDED FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Kid’s cape (pattern sheet 1) Sidekick (dog) cape, in 3 sizes (pattern sheet 1) Hat gusset (pattern sheet 2) Hat side (pattern sheet 2) Mask (pattern sheet 2) Cuffs (page 113 and pattern sheet 2) Appliqués (pages 115, 117, 119, and pattern sheet 1) TRACING THE PATTERNS AND CUTTING THE FABRICS 1. Both the kid’s and dog’s cape templates need to be positioned on the fabric fold (see pages 19 and 20). 2. Pin the templates on the fabric or felt as follows and cut out the fabric. Note that the shape for center front of the center hat piece is different for the superheroes/bunny and the fox. There are two cutting lines indicated on the pattern; use the gently inward curved solid cutting line. • Cape: Cut 1 from fabric and 1 from lining • Dog cape: Cut 1 from fabric and 1 from lining • Hat gusset: Cut 1 from fabric and 1 from lining • Hat side: Cut 2 from fabric and 2 from lining • Mask: Cut 2 in different colors of felt • Shooting star cuffs: Cut 6 from felt: 2 of the main color and 2 of each accent color. • Lighting bolt cuffs: Cut 6 from felt: 4 of the main color and 2 of the accent color. If you’re using woven fabrics instead of felt, be sure to cut 1 of each piece and then flip the pattern to cut the others so you have mirror images. 3. Refer to the page instructions for how to cut each appliqué. Sometimes you trace appliqués directly on the marked line, and sometimes you rough cut, leaving 2″ all around the marked line. Be sure to trace the dashed lines on the shooting star flare onto the top layer of fabric. Appliqués for the Kid’s Cape: • Shooting star: For the star, cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color; for the flare, cut 2: 1 main color, 1 accent color. • Lightning bolt: Cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color. Appliqués for the Sidekick (Dog’s) Cape: • Shooting star: For the star, cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color; for the flare, cut 2: 1 main color, 1 accent color. • Lightning bolt: Cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color, or from lining fabric. Appliqués for the Hat (use the same patterns as for the Sidekick’s Cape): • Shooting star: For the star, cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color; for the flare, cut 2: 1 main color, 1 accent color. • Lightning bolt: Cut 1 of each size: 1 main color, 1 accent color. If you’re using woven fabrics instead of felt for the Hat appliqués, be sure to cut one of each piece and then flip the pattern to cut the others so you have mirror images. 4. Proceed to the sewing instructions for each item. SHOOTING STAR APPLIQUÉ 1. Trace around the templates with the water-soluble pen directly on the felt. Cut out the shapes, leaving extra fabric around the two flares. You can cut the stars directly on the traced outlines 2. Center the smaller star over the larger one. Pin or fuse it in place, and then topstitch the layers together. 3. Layer the flare pieces. Using a water-soluble fabric pen, trace the dashed lines from the flare template onto the top layer. Pin the two pieces together and stitch along the dashed lines and then around the outside edges. 4. Trim close to the stitching around the outside edges. 5. Using the reverse appliqué technique, cut out the center portion of the flare, close to the stitching, to reveal the lower layer. 6. Position the star over the flare as shown, with the star overlapping the flare by ¼” (6.4 mm). Baste or pin the star to the flare. 7. Pin the star and flare in the center of the right side of the cape. Topstitch them in place and around all edges of the larger star. 8. Proceed to the instructions for sewing the cape. Tip Baste or fuse appliqués in place if you find it easier to secure them before topstitching. Pinning usually works for small appliqués. LIGHTNING BOLT APPLIQUÉ 1. Pin the templates on the felt or trace around them with the water-soluble marker. Cut out the shapes directly on the marked outlines. 2. Center the smaller bolt over the larger one. Pin and then topstitch them together. 3. Place the bolt in center of the right side of the cape. Topstitch the appliqué to the cape. 4. Proceed to the instructions for sewing the cape. MAKING THE CAPE 1. Pin the hook-and-loop tape to the neckline tab. Pin the softer (loop) side on the right side of the lining, and the rough (hook) side on the right side of the cape top. Stitch around the edges of the tape twice to give it extra strength. 2. Pin the cape top and lining with the right sides together. 3. Sew around the cape, leaving an 8″ (20.3 cm) opening on one side of cape (as marked on the pattern). 4. Trim the raw edges to ¼” (6.4 mm) (use pinking shears if you have them). Do not trim the opening; leave those edges untrimmed. 5. Turn the cape right side out through the opening. Carefully use a point turner or chopstick to help push out both neckline tabs. 6. Press the stitched edges of the cape. Turn the raw edges of the opening inward. Do not iron over the hook-and-loop tape (it will melt). 7. Topstitch around the edges of the cape, closing the opening as you stitch. Tip Before sewing the cape fabric and lining together, you might want to fuse small pieces of fusible interfacing on the wrong side, directly behind the hook-and-loop tape. This will add strength and some stability to the neck closing. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: Help your kids look the part for their imaginative play with Superhero Sewing and bring superheroes, pirate captains, wizards and more into your living room. Superhero Sewing presents easy sewing projects for encouraging and satisfying your child’s love of richly imaginative play. Lane Huerta, a mom and the owner of Lovelane Designs, a noted independent maker of imaginative, silk-screened playwear, shares her creative know-how and adapts her charming designs for sewers and other crafters. Following an overview of essential materials, tools, and techniques, Superhero Sewing offers 20 projects in five playful themes – heroes and heroines, pirates, fairies, magicians, and animals – with color palette suggestions for both boys and girls. Each project is marked with a level of difficulty — no sew, easy, or intermediate — and two full-size pull-out patterns sheets are included. Whether you have a young heroine that needs cuffs that give her super strength, or a pirate sea captain that needs his hat specially made, Superhero Sewing has plans for ever situation. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.