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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Handmade Costume Series: T-Shirt Superhero Cape and An (almost) No Sew Mask

I'm so excited to be back for The Train To Crazy's Handmade Costume Series again this year. Today I'm sharing a super simple tutorial on how to create a superhero cape and mask that is almost a no sew project.  If you sew for a boy or superhero loving girl, the cape and mask combo are essential to a complete dress up box.  Since my children tend to have Halloween costume choosing ADD, and I'm usually sewing up their final decisions at the last minute, our costume box is so important for those just. in. case. moments when someone needs a last minute superhero ensemble.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is will be the easiest costume you ever "don't" sew. Here's what you need:

- 1 Large Adult T-shirt
- knit scraps
- fusible interfacing
- iron, scissors, coordinating thread
- 1/2 inch width elastic

Start by cutting the side seams from the bottom up.

Continue cutting up beside the arm seam (top layer only), under the neck binding and back down the other side.

Cut off the arms and trim the sides until you are happy with the shape.

Try it on your little one to see where the length ends.  We wanted long capes so we left the original hem but if you want a shorter cape, just trim along the bottom to the desired length.  No need to hem as the knit will not fray.

Trace a paper plate onto the paper side of your interfacing and draw or trace your child's initial or symbol of choice.

Follow the package instructions to attach the circle to the cape.

Then iron on your letter or symbol and add that to the circle. Now on to the mask.

Sandwich a piece of heavy-weight interfacing between two scraps of t-shirt knit and pin.

Draw your mask shape onto a piece of computer paper, custom measuring and marking the eye holes for your child.

Trace onto your knit pieces using a water soluable marker.  Measure a piece of elastic to fit from one side of the mask to the other on your child's head. Pin ends in place between the layers.  Then using your sewing machine or embroidery thread to sew around the outside edge and around each eye hold.  Trim the excess seam.

Now you're ready for countless superhero adventures. Be sure to include leaping over tall buildings,

Pummeling structures with your superhuman muscle strength,

and running faster than a speeding bullet.

For more great handmade costumes be sure to catch the many fabulous tutorials in the series.

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  1. This is simply perfect! What more do you need to be a super-hero besides a mask and a cape! I love the photos - they made the tutorial very easy to follow! Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Heather. The boys LOVE their new capes and have been wearing them everywhere.

  3. Thank you, Heather. The boys LOVE their new capes and have been wearing them everywhere.


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