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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sew In Tune: We Can Be Hereos

Hey there! I'm Stephanie, and you can find me over at my blog Pinafores & Pinwheels. I'm from the Atlanta area and am a lucky stay at home mom to two adorably crazy {and I mean crazy!} kids, wife to a wonderful hubby, a DIY-er, crafter, seamstress, Pinterest addict, and a total worrywart! I am new to the blog world and I am so honored to have been chosen to be part of Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!’s Sew In Tune series! Come on over to Pinafores & Pinwheels and say hey (as we all do in the south)!


When Melissa and Stacey asked me to be part of their Sew in Tune series I was super honored, promptly followed by extremely terrified! I rarely sew anything for my poor neglected son, so I knew it would be a challenge. My three year old is obsessed with all things superhero right now, so I decided to go in that direction. He is also obsessed with his sister’s pink bear hooded towel {strange boy} so I figured I’d solve two things at once by making him a superhero hooded towel. He ADORES it! It’s a super easy, quick and cheap {my favorite combo} project and I’m sure there will be plenty more sewn in the future!

Superhero Towel Collage

You will need:
A regular sized bath towel, a hand towel {I used the cheap ones from Target}, bias tape, felt, iron-on double sided adhesive, temporary spray adhesive and the usual sewing supplies.

You can add any appliqué {or none at all}, but here is how I made the custom one. I found an outline for the superman logo and used publisher {cause I’m old school} to add his name. Here’s the logo if you want to use it.
superman logo blank
Open it in publisher and insert word art using ‘Arial black, bold’ for the font and the ‘triangle down’ shape, then resize it until it fits the outline. It should look like this.superman logo caiden
Print it out the size you want. Cut the outline out of the background color felt.

applique background

Cut out your paper template. Leaving the outline shape and letters.

Paper template

Cut a piece of your double sided iron-on adhesive and apply it to a piece of your foreground felt. Use the temporary spray adhesive and apply it to the right side of your paper template and stick it onto the iron-on adhesive. Trace around your template and cut out all the interior pieces and the outline shape.

Template Instructions
Felt Foreground

Carefully peel off your template and the iron-on adhesive backing. Iron your foreground piece onto your background shape. Ta-da, custom superhero appliqué!

Finished Applique

The towel is super simple to make. To form the “hood” of the towel, take the hand towel and fold it in half widthwise. Measure 5.5” in along fold and cut from that mark to the corner.

Cut Hood
 Hood Shape

Take a piece of bias tape and sew it along your cut line.

Seam binding

Fold it in half right sides together again and sew along the side opposite your cut/seam binding opening.

Sew Hood

Measure in 1.5” diagonally from the corner and sew a curved line to form the top of the hood.

Finished Hood

Take your regular towel and find the center of the long side. Unfold your hood and pin it right sides together to the towel matching the centers and long edges.

Add Hood

Fold each corner of the “hood” back about 4” to give it more of a hood shape. Sew all the way across to attach the hood.

Hood Attached

Feel free to stop here, but I wanted to add a velcro tab so it would stay on so he could run around like a superhero. Grab your leftovers from the hand towel and cut a piece about 3"x7”.


Fold it in half lengthwise and sew one short side and the long side.

Tab 2

Flip it inside out and sew on a piece of velcro to one end {ignore the fact that it looks like I cut off Elmo’s finger}.

Tab 3

I sewed mine where the hood and towel meet on the left side overlapping about 3”. Sew the opposing piece of velcro to the other side of the hood.

Attach Tab

Flip the towel over, center your appliqué on the back and stitch in place. And it’s all ready to turn your little one into an adorable superhero!

Superhero Towel 4
Superhero Towel 2
Superhero Towel 3
Superhero Towel

Thanks again to Melissa and Stacey for having me! I hope you all try this project and pop on over to Pinafores & Pinwheels and say hi! ~Stephanie

Thank you for sharing this adorable hooded towel, Stephanie.  I've got three little heroes at home who'd love one.  One more great boy themed item to add to the sewing list!


  1. This is awesome!!! My little guy isn't really aware of the whole superhero thing yet (can't seem to get past his deep and abiding love of yiyans! with a side of dinosaur! thrown in) - but I think this is a really cool idea. Dress up! But practical! Amazing. Really nice job!



  2. Oh I have been slow with this series, every song you come out with is great but I can't do anything with it myself! We have superhero capes here but I never thought of towelling one - ace!

  3. SO CUTE!!! I might have to make this for my son!!! He's obsessed with superman right now! :) (And Captain America)

  4. Also, just checking to make sure you guys knew you couldn't pin any pictures. I'm totally cool with that!!! I just pinned the P&P logo for the tutorial page! Hope that was ok?!

  5. these woudl be awesome for the pool! my son is always (ALWAYS!) dropping his towel on the way out. ;-)
    joellemarie72 at yahoo dot com

  6. Such a wonderful idea, I absolutely love how you did the name applique - what a great technique!!! My little men might need something like this for next year (we aren't quite to the super hero stage yet, but who cares, they are dang cute!)

  7. So cute! LOVE the appliqué!

    That's too bad about what you did to Elmo's finger. ;)

    alyssabpittman at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks again for having me Stacey! I hope you all try it! ~Stephanie

  9. This is fantastic! My boys use the hooded baby towels when they take baths and have a great time being "Super Bath Boy" before getting ready for bed. I can't imagine how excited they would be if I made their towels look even more like capes!
    newlywades at rocketmail dot com

  10. oooh! My son loves anything "super hero". Now off to go get some terry cloth. I cant wait to try this

    lestra77 at yahoo dot com

  11. Love the towel! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cool! I'm happy that my tot doesn't act like a superhero... Not yet


  13. I`m surely going to make one fr my baby wen he's old enough to wear one.....

  14. Love the superhero cape! Thanks for the great tutorial! And I love how you did his name in the triangle! :)
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  15. Thanks so much for posting how to make the superman symbol with the name in it. I haven't used publisher but I was able to do it. Thanks!!


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