Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Super Super Hero Kit



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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7 comments:

  1. How adorable! That is one of the cutest super hero sets I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Ah, nothing better than watching a little boy imagine he's a superhero. This is a fabulous project!

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  3. Wow love the belt buckle! Have to do this, especially since my son's name is Jack also.

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  4. that is awesome! i love the utility belt. I think I'll have to try that for my little guy. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. This is so awesome!! Such great detals, how fun!

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  6. You receive the Best Aunt Ever Award. Your nephew is a very lucky little guy. Thanks for sharing at My Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  7. Hi Jenn,
    Just wanted you to know I featured you in this weeks link party. http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/09/our-favorite-things-link-party-13.html
    Have a great day.

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