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

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

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

  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!

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

  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.

  7. Hi Jenn,
    Just wanted you to know I featured you in this weeks link party.
    Have a great day.


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