Earlier this week I made a little superhero cape for Will. He had been pretending like his sister’s dresses were capes and would throw them over his shoulders and hold them by the sleeves. I figured maybe it was time for the real deal, although when I gave it to him it took a while for him to realize what it was and actually put it on. Anyway, this project only cost about $6 and took less than 30 minutes to make. Here’s what you’ll need:
1. To begin, start by tracing the letter you want onto the paper. I used a 2″ ruler to do this. Once you have it drawn, cut it out and pin to the yellow felt. Cut out. Lay the yellow letter onto the red piece of felt and pin. Cut around it to make a shape that looks nice with whatever letter you have chosen. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
2. Next, pin around all edges of the yellow letter. Sew as close to the edge as possible. Make sure you topstitch with yellow thread and use blue thread for your bobbin (it will look better on the back). Once you have stitched that, place it onto the blue fabric, making sure to center/level it. Topstitch around the edges with red thread, keeping the blue thread as your bobbin. Once the letter is securely attached, begin to work on finishing the raw edges of the cape.
3. Take the two side edges (left and right) and fold in ¼”, press. Fold the bottom edge in ¼”, press. Return to the sides and fold an additional ¼”, press. Then turn up the bottom 1″ and press. It should look like the picture below. Pin in place and stitch around the inner edges to keep in place.
4. Now lets finish the top. Since I had a selvage I was able to just fold it over ¾” and sew along the edge, but if you don’t have a selvage, fold the raw edge ¼”, press and then fold over ¾”, press. Stitch the folded edge at ¹⁄₈”. That way you have a casing for your ribbon or string to go through. In order to get your ribbon through, you may want to consider pining a safety pin to the edge and using that to guide you through. Once you have the string through, gather evenly on the edges of the cape (you want the leave the middle section ungathered so your letter doesn’t get messed up). Once they are even and the string is even at both ends, stitch in place vertically before the gathering begins and right where the seam is at the edge of the fabric. This way the gathering stays in place and it will always look nice and even.
5. To finish, trim all threads, press any wrinkles out and make sure the edges of the ribbon or string are finished so they do not fray (sew, use fray check, heat treat it). Then you’re done! Now you can make them in all sorts of colors!