I am almost done preparing for my soon-to-be-4 years old’s Super Hero birthday party. One last detail to make it perfect… super hero capes! After rummaging through my local party store after Halloween looking for inexpensive capes to use for the party, I realized that it would be easier and more cost effective to make my own. Then I would get the ones I wanted and spend less money for them.
I collected my 20% off coupon from Joannes Fabric store and headed over. I found a nice black costume satin material on sale for $1.99 a yard. I got 4 yards and used my 20% off coupon for the total. Besides the material, I used some fabric iron on velcro left over from making the super hero wrist bands.
Using a satin material instead of a stretch fabric was a little more difficult to work with. The satin tends to fray a bit around the edges and takes a little more effort hemming. The satin look was worth it though.
Step 1: Make sure the fabric is pre-washed and ironed before starting. You want to make sure the fabric is already shrunk before you cut the fabric to the correct size. Cut the fabric in the the shape of your rectangular cape. I used a plain rectangle size 2′ by 3′. TIME SAVER HINT: Fold your fabric in half when you begin measuring and cutting so that you are cutting two capes at once.
Step 2: Fold over the sides of fabric and pin down. Using a overcast stitch, hem all four sides of your quilt. You can do this by hand, but I highly recommend using a sewing machine. Almost all machines have and overcast stitch setting.
Step 3: Cut your velcro into small one inch pieces and iron on to the corners of your cape.
So there you go… I made 10 capes and had plenty of extra material. I could easily have made 2 or 3 more capes out of the extra material if I needed to. The total cost after taxes for this project was $6.68 since I already had the velcro from making the super hero wrist bands. If you need to buy the velcro you can get a large package of it for $8 (using the 40% off one item coupon at Michaels). The velcro will last a long time.
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!