Friday, October 1, 2010

It's October! {make a cape}

On our recent California trip Brody fell in love with his cousins- and their sweet capes.  A few times since we've been home he's used a pair of pants or a towel to be "super Brody" so I figured it was time for me to make him one.  I've never done this before but how hard can it be... it wasn't!  This could be good for Halloween too since it was ultra cheap and easy OR you can use it just anytime, like Brody does at our house (:  Here's what I did...
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Easy kids cape:
you'll need:
  • felt
  • hot glue gun
  • velcro
  • needle/thread
I went to Michael's and grabbed their pre-cut felt in.. well the felt aisle.  I chose red as the main color and bought two smaller squares of other colors I wanted to use for the decal on back.  Tony suggested the CTR shield for the back so I found it online and printed it out as well as B's initial in a font/size I liked
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I tried using pens, pencils, and even my fabric pencil to sketch the design on my felt but nothing showed up so luckily I have these colored permanent markers.  I just traced the design with the color that matched the felt and it practically blended in- but still enough for me to see my lines.
cape
I held up my big piece of felt to Brody to see how long I wanted it, and about how wide his shoulders would be.  Then I folded that in half and traced the shape I wanted my cape to be.  Cut the neck hole out too while it's still folded in half to make it even.  It ended up looking like this:
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Cut the neck ties evenly by just doing a rounded edge on the seam of the fold.
Throughout my cutting I would hold it up to Brody to make sure the shoulders looked right and everything hung the way I liked it- I ended up shaving some off the shoulders.  Then after I cut the shield and initial out I just glued them on the back with hot glue (my fabric glue was completely solid in the bottle, it's been a while since I've used it- hot glue worked great though!).
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I wasn't quite satisfied with it so I hand threaded around the shield.  If you do this, use a thimble because it can be hard to pierce the hot glue!  Then I sewed on some velcro on the neck ties.



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The End!

16 lovely comments:

Eeny said... Reply To This Comment

That's so cool.

Marissa said... Reply To This Comment

That is so cool! Every little kid needs one!

carolina said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome! He's sure a cute little guy!!

Venassa said... Reply To This Comment

I love Michael's! I could spend millions in there. The cape looks great. Sounds like something even I could do. Might be a Christmas present for my nephew in the making...

KJ@letsgoflyakite said... Reply To This Comment

Great photo shoot. This is one of the sweetest capes I have seen in blogland. Well done!

- visiting via the Weekend Wrap Up.

Anne said... Reply To This Comment

good job connie- is there anything you can't do ? ;)

MamaLacey said... Reply To This Comment

So glad I found this, from the Tatertots and Jello blog! I actually had felt laying around that I wasn't sure what to do with & made one of these for my son tonight!

Too cute, thanks again!
http://missinglandan0306.blogspot.com/2010/10/crafty-weekend.html

-Lacey-

Whitney said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!!!

Perris said... Reply To This Comment

This proves you are a good Mom.
Dude I still want a cape. :)

Megan said... Reply To This Comment

wow, you made it look so easy! Kate would LOVE one of these, better add it to my "to do" list!

Jess said... Reply To This Comment

Very cute! Hope you had fun visiting Cali!

Karm said... Reply To This Comment

Brody's cape matches him. I like it (:

Bree and Bryce said... Reply To This Comment

This is so cute! I love it!

Tunes & Spoons said... Reply To This Comment

Um...he is precious! Way to use the CTR shield!

Tiffany Haynes said... Reply To This Comment

Adorable! A cape has been on my list to sew for forever! Maybe one day I'll get around to it.

JED said... Reply To This Comment

I wear a "cape" too. They are called ACUs(Army Combat Uniform). I think the brodster is so cute in his uniform!