How to Make a No-Sew Superhero Cape

Ditch the needle and thread, enjoy a fun family project, and give your little crusader the ultimate crime-fighting tool.

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You Will Need

  • A ruler
  • A tape measure
  • Fabric pins
  • Several sheets of newspaper
  • Tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • A marker
  • 1 yard of machine-washable felt in a bright color
  • 1 yard of washable felt in a contrasting color
  • Washable iron-on adhesive
  • An iron
  • An ironing board
  • Metallic iron-on edging
  • 1 yard of washable ribbon
  • Washable fabric glue
  • Embellishments including sequins, buttons and washable ribbons
  • Velcro (optional)
  • Machine-washable iron-on letters (optional)

Steps

  1. Irons and scissors can be dangerous. Never let your child apply iron-on adhesive or cut fabric unsupervised.

  2. Step 1

    Measure your child

    First, measure the width of your child’s neck. Then, measure his back from shoulder to shoulder, as well as the distance from the back of his neck to the floor.

  3. Step 2

    Create the pattern

    Tape several pieces of newspaper together. Using your marker, a ruler, & your measurements, outline the cape pattern onto the paper. It’ll look like an inverted small trapezoid—the collar—on top of a larger trapezoid—the cape. Check that the top of the larger trapezoid reaches across your child’s shoulders, and that the collar goes around the neck.

  4. Step 3

    Cut out the cape

    Pin the two pieces of felt together, and pin the cape pattern to it. Carefully cut out the felt around the edge of the pattern.

  5. Use glitter felt for an eye-catching look.

  6. Step 4

    Fuse the felt

    Read the manufacturer’s instructions, and use iron-on adhesive to fuse the two pieces of felt together.

  7. If you don’t have an iron, use machine-washable fabric glue.

  8. Step 5

    Iron the edging

    Cut enough edging to go around the perimeter of the cape. Use iron-on adhesive to attach it to the felt.

  9. Step 6

    Add the tie

    Cut two slits where the cape meets the collar, and lace the ribbon through them to make a cape-tie.

  10. For a more secure cape-tie, attach Velcro to the ribbon.

  11. Step 7

    Decorate

    Decorate the cape with beads, buttons, sequins, ribbon, or pieces you cut from leftover felt. Attach them with fabric glue, and let them dry.

  12. Use machine-washable iron-on letters to spell out a superhero name on the back of the cape.

  13. Step 8

    Save earth

    Tie the cape on your favorite superhero, and watch as he fights crime and saves the world!

  14. An Ohio company created the Storm Defender, a superhero cape for dogs that supposedly lessens their fear of thunderstorms.

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