My nephew Jack turns six tomorrow. When I asked my sister in law for some gift ideas she said he was into The Avengers and Iron Man. When I brought up a super hero cape she said he had just asked about one a few days before. 'Nuf said - a super hero cape it would be.
But not just any old super hero cape, cuz super hero's gotta have a utility belt to hold all their stuff, a mask to protect their identity, and power cuffs to ward off villains.
I picked up my supplies - red and yellow knit, silver and red pleather, yellow marine-grade vinyl, and a couple different widths of elastic.
I went out to Picmonkey and created a logo for the cape. I used the star shapes for the starburst and Luckiest Guy font.
I traced the design in reverse onto some Heat n' Bond and ironed it to the backside of the pleather. Then I peeled the backing and ironed it onto the knit for the cape using a pressing cloth to protect the pleather.
Then I stitched along the edges to make sure it stayed in place.
For the mask I used Heat n' Bond again and used some yellow t-shirt material as the liner to keep it soft against his face.
I sandwiched the elastic in between the layers. and edgstitched around the outside and the eye holes.
For the utility belt, I cut two rectangles out of the marine-grade vinyl and marked off 1 1/2" intervals on one piece and 2" on the red elastic. I secured the ends using a box and x stitch and then lined up the marks and stitched them down.
I found this cool buckle with a reflector on it to use as the clasp for the belt.
On the other piece of vinyl, I used more of the red elastic to attach the two buckle pieces.
Then I sewed the two pieces together, tapering the edges to meet the elastic pieces.
I didn't take any in-progress pictures for the power cuffs because I worked on them late and night and in little bursts when my girls were occupied. I used part of the same starburst pattern from the logo and cut four pieces of the vinyl. I tried sewing this on the machine, but it was too difficult to keep the points aligned and Heat n' Bond wasn't working to hold it in place. So, I sat down and hand-stitched the edges, which gave it a really nice look, I think. I did a pseudo French seam to attach it to a rectangle of the pleather which will allow it to stand out nicely when the cuff is on his wrist. I ended up using a pretty convoluted method to fasten them - elastic and velcro, but I think it worked out fine and will allow it to fit for much longer.
I used more of the pleather, t-shirt material, and Heat n' Bond to make the collar and more velcro to fasten it.
Jack has a brother, Alex. Think there might be an Amazing Alex for his fourth birthday in December? It felt good to flex my creative sewing skills again and make a special gift for a special little man in my life. Now, back to Etsy sewing!
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