Ever had your child raid your fabric drawer and run around the house with a yard of jersey over his/her head? It turns out kids really like to dress up in super hero capes and it gives them a distraction from your formerly folded fabric stash. However, if you do have a little munchkin pulling on your pants 24/7, you need a fast solution that doesn’t require too much work. This was my solution. It is super fast, and you don’t have to cut any curves. If you can sew a blanket, you can make this cape in no time.
•2 yards of fabric in contrasting colors. If you don’t want a lining, 1 yard of fabric is fine. I suggest a fabric that is easily washable. If you don’t want to do any hemming, jersey knit works great. No fray!
•Lightning Bolt and/or Letter template (Optional).Lightening bolt template is provided under Step 7. I drew the letter ‘C’ free hand, but you can find all kinds of funky and funk fonts on Google to print out and use as a template.
•Tracing Marker (optional)
Sewing Machine- Place fabric right sides together and sew a ¼ inch seam. Leave a small opening large enough to turn fabric right side out (just like you would with a pillow case.) Sew opening closed (either by hand or by flipping edges under and machine stitching).
If you have a serger, you can just place fabric wrong sides together and serge ends using a 4 thread over lock stitch.
Sewing Machine – Turn lining up 2 inches on top and bottom ends of cape and straight stitch.
Cut 10 inches of elastic. Pull elastic through casing, stitch down just the ends of the elastic on both sides.
Cut a 4 in by 8 inch rectangle, fold in half (hotdog style) right sides together, sew 3 sides. Turn right sides out.
Cut in half (hamburger style) and sew down open ends. You should have two strips.
Sew strips to ends of collar.
Sew Velcro to neck straps. You could also use some sticky back Velcro.
Trace lightning bolt and letter on lining fabric and cut out. Use basting spray to secure lightning bolts and letter on right side of cape. Stick in a few pins just for a little extra hold. Use a narrow, short zig zag stitch to attach.
Sit back and relax while you little one flies around fighting forces of evil.