School has begun for the year. While it's hard to believe our Jacob's starting 8th grade, it's equally hard to believe our baby's entering 2nd grade this year. He'll be learning cursive and spelling and math and all sorts of new skills. It's a LOT to learn for a little boy who just wants to get up and play. This year I thought I'd surprise him with a little somethin' that might just boost his confidence and help him feel like he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to do… A DIY no sew SUPERHERO CAPE!
That's right, I said NO SEW. When you're short on time but still want to make something special, it's a great time to use your noggin and figure out the easiest way to make said object. That's exactly what I did in this instance, so you don't have to figure it out. It's already done for you. Just follow the instructions below to make your own.
When Jacob and Jaden were little, we'd made a little cape they both loved to wear. That cape is so tiny now compared to how big they've both gotten. With our family's love for MARVEL heroes, it only makes sense to have a cape floating around the house. Eventually, I think we all need one… Note to self: Make capes for every member of the family, including pets.
For this cape, I used knit fabric because it won't unravel, and it's pretty comfy too. With a few supplies, you can make a superhero cape for the super child in your life. And it can be made in less than an hour. That's how easy it is.
Supplies You'll Need
- 1 1/2 yards knit fabric
- 2-4 pieces brightly colored felt
- Measuring tape
- Yard stick
- Paper template for superhero symbols (create yourself)
- Craft knife and cutting mat (if needed for symbols)
- Spray adhesive for fabric and felt
How to Make a No Sew Cape
Your first step is to draw the edges of your cape, using a yardstick and pencil. I based it off the usual shape for a superhero cape and measured how long it needed to be, by measuring from the nape of Jaden's neck down to just past his knees. At the top of the cape outline, be sure to outline 2 neck ties. (You can always use ribbon if you choose not to use your comfy knit fabric for the neck ties; but I just outlined the entire cape, including neck ties, and cut it out.) Once you have the outline of a cape, cut the fabric, following the lines you've made.
Now, you can choose to hem your cape if you want, using an iron-on adhesive tape; but I skipped this step.
Next you need to determine, with your child, what you want the symbol on the back of the cape to look like. Jaden wanted a “J” with blue and yellow felt over a red cape. You can draw out your symbols; for example, you could use stars, a circle, a diamond shape, arrows, a lightning bolt… Or you can find a similar symbol to what you want online, print it out, and create your template that way. Once you have your desired template, cut it out. Then pin the paper symbol/letter to your felt and cut out your symbol/letter.
Using spray adhesive and following the directions on the back of the can, adhere symbols to the cape, layering them however you want them to be. This is where you'll probably have to adhere, then let the cape dry for about an hour to give it a permanent bond, depending on the adhesive you choose to use.
And that's it! Now it's time for all kinds of superhero FUN!
A Boy and His Cape (and His Snacks)
I told you we love all things MARVEL. Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man… They're just a few of our favorites. Personally, I love Agent Carter. Now that Jaden has his superhero cape for school, he also needed a superhero sized snack! Enter MARVEL Chewy Granola Bars… YUM! We found them at Walmart in the aisle with all the granola bars and toaster pastries. They're available in Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, two of our favorite flavors. I decided to pick up a couple boxes because they make a great school time snack, especially when you just need to give your brain a rest and have some fun. I could see us taking these with us on field trips, hikes, and camping trips too. They're pretty tasty and a great pick-me-up when you need a snack. They're also 40% bigger when compared to a normal 24g chewy granola bar.
Not only are they tasty, but the granola bars come wrapped in a variety of MARVEL superhero wrappers. So, we can pick our favorite hero! Choose from Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Thor. Even Hulk picked his favorite hero…
Not only that, but on each box of granola bars, there's a collector card; so, when you're shopping, you can choose from Hulk, Iron Man, Hawk Eye, and Spider-Man. Those will be fun to collect. In fact, Jaden already has it all planned out, except I think he's the hero and all the superheroes are his sidekicks… or so he says anyway.
When it comes down to it, Jaden seems to shine when he puts his cape on. His confidence level shoots toward the stars, and there's nothing he can't do.That's what it's all about, you know? Letting his imagination run wild with all the possibilities… That's what being a kid is all about. Dreaming, imagining, growing.
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