I Sew For Fun Project Tutorial: Superhero Cape

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I Sew For Fun Project Tutorial: Superhero Cape

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I Sew For Fun Superhero Cape as Seen on Sewing With Nancy with host Nancy ZiemanI

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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Superhero Cape Sewing Tutorial

Approximate Finished Size: 34″ x 35″

Supplies Needed:

 

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.

 

1. Create a pattern for the cape on pattern tracing paper:

  • Draw an 18″ x 35″ rectangle on pattern tracing paper. Mark one 35″ edge as a foldline.
  • Measure and fold 9″ from the top of the pattern paper. Unfold, and mark along the fold.

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  • Create your own neckline pattern by tracing one half of a 6-inch saucer plate.
  • Draw a diagonal line from the side edge of the neckline pattern to the lower right corner of the pattern paper.
  • Place a dinner plate at lower cape corner and mark a curved hem.

 

Note From Team Nancy   Show your little partner how to round corners with the dinner plate. It’s a fun experience for them to round off the corners!

 

 

2. Use paper pattern created above to cut out cape and lining.

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3. Select and prepare appliqué:

 

Note From Team Nancy  Skip to step 5 if you are not adding an appliqué.

 

  • You are the designer, choose your own design to place on the back of the cape.

 

Note From Team Nancy   Have your little partner choose an appliqué pattern, the color of appliqué felt, and any buttons, rhinestones, or glitter that they would like to add. Time for a little BLING!

 

  • Trace appliqué design onto paper side of Pellon’s Lite EZ Steam II, following manufacturer’s instructions.

 

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Note From Team Nancy   Appliqué patterns have been mirror imaged.

 

  • Roughly cut out appliqué, allowing approximate 1/8″ margins around all edges.
  • Position appliqué on wrong side of felt appliqué fabric. Press, following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Cut out appliqué, following traced lines.


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4. Position appliqué on back of cape and press into place:

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  • Remove paper backing and center appliqué on back of cape with top edge at marking.

 

Note From Team Nancy  Show your little partner how to take a pin and make a scratch mark on the paper backing. Use edge of scratch mark to remove paper from the appliqué. Position appliqué at mark on cape.

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  • Cover appliqué with a press cloth and press to fuse, following manufacturer’s instructions.

 

5. Complete cape:

  • Press cape and lining.
  • Optional: Add some buttons or other bling to the appliqué.
  • Pin cape and lining, right sides together, aligning cut edges.

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  • Stitch outer edges of cape, leaving a 4″–5″ seam opening on the lower hemline edge for turning.

 

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  • Trim  seam allowances around the neckline and body of the cape, using a pinking shears or rotary cutter with a pinking blade.

 

Note From Team Nancy   Don’t trim 4″–5″ seam opening at lower hemline edge.

 

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  • Turn cape right side out, through opening at lower hem edge. Use a point turning tool to push out seams at neckline extensions. Press.
  • Press seam allowance to inside at opening in hemline.
  • Complete cape by topstitching around outer cape and neckline edges.

 I Sew For Fun Superhero Cape Tutorial as seen on Sewing with Nancy with Host Nancy Zieman

6. Prepare and stitch hook and loop tape closure:

  • Lay cape right side up and pin the hook side of hook and loop tape (1–1/2″ strip) to right neckline extension, as shown. Stitch through both layers using a straight or zigzag stitch.
  • Pin the loop (soft) side of hook and loop tape (2″ strip) to left neckline extension on the lining side of the cape. Stitch through both layers using a straight or zigzag stitch. The longer tape on the left neck extension allows you to adjust finished neckline.

 

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It’s time for your little partner to put on the cape and show off his/her super powers! Voila!

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19 Comments

  • Eva Osmun
    June 1, 2019

    I love that this gauge has a circle compass. I’m always looking for something that has multifunctions. I love this!

  • Joyce Migliore
    June 1, 2019

    A drawstring backpack would be a fun project to make together!

  • Joy
    June 1, 2019

    My little sewing partner is my great Granddaughter Caralina, she is 4. Caralina wants to make a pillow case, we will shop for her fabric. Mermaid is her favorite right now. Can’t wait to see what she picks! Pillowcase is something she can keep for years and not out grow it!!

  • Clovis
    June 1, 2019

    You can never have too many measurement products. Would make items for niece and nephew.

  • Vivian Oaks
    June 1, 2019

    I have been making and saving half-square triangles from leftover pieces of other blocks and this would be the perfect tool to make them accurate! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Bridget
    June 1, 2019

    I’ll be making a bed runner with my little sewer.

  • Rosie
    June 1, 2019

    My grandson wants to be a super hero when he grows up. This cape would be perfect for him.

  • Shirley Clark
    June 1, 2019

    You can never have too many super hero capes! I’m hoping the next great grandbaby will be a boy! Due in December! My little great granddaughter loves for me to sew for her too!

  • Dixie
    June 1, 2019

    I would love to work on a backpack with my granddaughter who wants to learn to sew.

  • Bonnye
    June 1, 2019

    I make all the neighborhood children play capes. These are adorable.

  • Carolyn T
    June 1, 2019

    I hope to make a drawstring bag with a friend who is just learning to sew. It will be great for our pickle ball gear!

  • Teri
    June 1, 2019

    Will definitely be making this cape with grandchildren along with a few softies.

  • Susan L.
    June 1, 2019

    My granddaughters want to make some clothes for their American Girls dolls. So, that will be our next sewing project.

  • Barb K
    June 1, 2019

    My youngest Granddaughter started a simple squares quilt–maybe we will be able to continue this summer.

  • Thunder
    June 1, 2019

    I have made pillows, pillowcases, tote bags and purses with my granddaughters. We have also repaired some work gear for one of their dads.
    Thanks for the chance at the great giveaway.

  • Diane Putzer
    June 2, 2019

    My potential sewing partner isn’t quite 2, so it will be a little while before we can make the cape together.

  • Hannah W
    June 2, 2019

    I was inspired by an earlier I sew for fun post and I’m following through on making pot holders with my daughter

  • Susan
    June 3, 2019

    Plan to create a pillow with my granddaughter as simple straight lines, but the creativity will come from her fabric choice.

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