This Superhero Sewing Tutorial is easy and fun!
Halloween has always been my all-time favorite holiday, but I have never been one for buying a costume off the shelf and wearing it as-is. I’ve always enjoyed altering thrift store finds, buying random pieces at discount stores, and of course coming up with the perfect makeup to complement the look.
Three years ago, I invested in a decent sewing machine and started making clothing for my children. Of course, this meant I started sewing their Halloween costumes as well. Some of our favorites include simple, iconic characters, including princesses and superheroes. But my son couldn’t just be any old superhero – he is SUPER BRYCE!
And what’s the quintessential superhero item? A cape! Here’s a super-simple superhero sewing tutorial that takes less than an hour and is perfect for a beginner.
- two 9″ x 12″ pieces of felt in your choice of colors
- two pieces of satin in your choice of colors
- corresponding thread colors
- 2″ piece of velcro (soft and rough sides)
- materials for emblem on cape
Begin by cutting out the pieces. For the collar, draw a large letter C on paper that is 1.5 inches wide and the distance around your child’s neck plus 3 inches. That will serve as your template. Cut one from each color of felt.
For the cape, measure the distance between your child’s neck and back of his/her
knees. Then measure your child from shoulder to shoulder. Cut two rectangles of that size. Round out the bottoms of the rectangles, and make the top of the rectangles taper toward the collar. This will make a trapezoid-like shape with rounded corners on the bottom. (Don’t worry if your cutting is not exact – just be careful when you sew to make your lines straight.)
Create the emblem for the cape. I made a starburst from yellow felt and the letter B from green felt. I sewed these together, centered them on the outer-facing cape color, and sewed around the edges.
Pin the two pieces of cape fabric with right sides – the sides that will be facing outside in the end – together. Sew along both sides and the bottom, leaving the top edge open. Flip it right-side out and iron it. (This image is missing the emblem because I did not make one for this cape).
Time to sew the Velcro. Separate the Velcro into the rough piece and the soft piece. Sew the soft Velcro to one piece of the collar on one end and the rough Velcro to the other piece of the collar on the same end. One will be flipped over, so they will line up properly.
This is the last part, but you must get the order right to complete the project correctly. Place the collar piece with the soft Velcro face down on the bottom. Next, place the open top end of the cape over the collar. Finally, place the other piece of the collar with the rough Velcro facing up on the opposite end as the soft Velcro. Sew around the felt to connect all three pieces, and you’re finished!