Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sewing a Super Hero Cape

Recently, a quilt went out to a new baby girl and I wanted to include something for her Super Big Brother. A personalized super hero cape seemed like a fun idea for an energetic 2-year-old.

I made an embroidered patch featuring his initial and appliquéd it onto the outside of the cape before stitching right sides together, turning, pressing, top stitching and adding the hook & loop closure. It was well received, as you can tell by the action shots ...

And then a co-worker ordered one for her 3-year-old nephew. When I was trimming the appliqué patch this time, I realized I had the ideal tool in a ruler -- the OmniArc by Omnigrid. The ruler has slots that allow you to draw the perfect curve with degree markings. The funny thing is, I've had this ruler for years but can't remember why I bought it. It made the process so much easier ... last time I winged it. 

With less than a yard of fabric, you can make your mini super hero's play time so much more fun.

Finished size: 
31-1/2" from top of strap to hem
25-3/4" from neck to hem
11-1/2" from outside edge of one strap to outside edge of the other
17" at widest point across bottom edge
1-1/4" wide straps
Appliqué patch: 3-1/2" center top to bottom and side to side at widest point
Embroidered gold shield: 2-5/8" high by 2-3/4" wide
Embroidered initial: 1-1/8" high
Appliqué placed approximately 4" from neck edge
Used the edge of a clear 8" glass plate to round the corners on the bottom of the cape and cut the neck hole.
Used a pill bottle to round the ends of the straps.

So many projects, never enough time ...

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