My sister loves to pretend she’s a superhero and so do I. She made up a name for herself called “Super Turtle Marin” because she loves turtles. I call myself “Wonder Woman” or “Wonder Tenney”. We decided it would be fun to make our own capes and it was SUPER easy. My mom helped us to decorate them a little using the same appliqué technique we learned in the Hawaiian Inspired Applique pillow tutorial we posted a while back.
For this project you need
1/2 a yard of your favorite fabric.
Scraps of coordinating fabric if you choose to decorate it.
Pellon Fusible Webbing – lightweight (if you’re decorating your cape)
Begin by cutting your cape fabric.
For a smaller cape like the one we made for my sister you want to cut the fabric 11 inches across at the neck, 18 inches at the bottom and 18 inches long. We measured 3.5 inches in from the edge of our rectangle of fabric and lined up our ruler to the bottom. Once you cut it you have a really clean diagonal line. Do it on both sides to create the triangle shape. For a longer cape we suggest 24 inches long but really you can make this fit your body so any length is great.
Now we have to hem the edges. For this part you need to use an iron. Get a grown-ups help. On the sides and bottom you need to fold over the fabric 1/4 inch and iron it down. Then do the same thing and iron it again. You won’t see any raw edges on your project this way. You can use this technique (called hemming) on tons of projects. On the top of the cape you’re going to basically do the same thing by folding over 1/4 inch and ironing down, but the second time you fold over you should fold it down 1 inch so that you make what’s called a casing. It’s just a long tube that you can insert your tie or neck strap into later.
Once you have everything folded over and ironed you need to stitch all around the cape.
Once you have your cape stitched you need to make a neck strap so you can wear it. You could use just a bit of ribbon or a shoelace but we decided to make our own so we could show you how to make your own binding tape.
We cut a piece of fabric 2 inches wide and 25 inches long. We used the extra bit of our fabric to make this so it just happened to be 25 inches, if yours is a bit shorter or longer that’s no big deal.
Now using your iron fold one side half way up and iron it down, then fold the other side to match the first and hem down.
Once you have both sides folded in then you fold both sides together. It hides all the raw edges inside the binding tape. All you need to do it to press it down and stitch it down the edge.
Once that’s done you need to feed it through your casing on the cape and try it on!
We used the techniques of using appliqué to place pellon fusible web on some scrap fabric and then ironed it on to my sisters cape. I told you she’s obsessed with turtles. My mom made a turtle to put on her cape.