A super-hero toddler will need a cape to complete his super-duper hero ensemble. These play accessories need not break the bank. With just a few basic sewing supplies and a few minutes of your time, you can quickly create a cape for your toddler. A few stitches later, he’ll be all set for high-flying super antics, outfitted in a special cape made with love.
1 Cut your cotton fabric into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Press the raw edges of the fabric under 1/4-inch with the iron.
2 Whip out the sewing machine and stitch a quick zigzag stitch around the folded edges to finish them neatly.
3 Apply the hook side of the hook-and-loop adhesive circles to each corner at the underside of one of the short sides of the rectangle.
4 Choose a T-shirt that your little one will use whenever he wants to wear his cape. Have him slip the shirt on and stick the loop side of a hook-and-loop adhesive circle to the top of each shoulder — right where you want to attach the cape.
5 Attach the hook side of the adhesive circles on the cape to the loop side of the adhesive circles on the shirt. And presto — an instantly safe, yet totally amazing, super-hero cape!
Items you will need
- 3/8-yard cotton fabric (any color)
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Self-adhesive hook-and-loop circles
- Tying anything around your toddler's neck can be dangerous. Even using safety pins to attach the cape can be dangerous. Avoid strangulation and poking hazards by using the hook-and-loop adhesive circles.
- Even without a sewing machine, you can still whip together a neat cape for your little one. Stitch around the raw edges of the fabric by hand. In a pinch, you could even skip hemming the raw edges. Your little one won’t care if the edges fray a smidgen.
- Add super embellishments to the cape if you want to really wow your toddler. A big felt “S” at the center of the cape or even the first letter of your little one’s name might be the perfect finishing touch.
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