superhero gear

Wham! Pow! When Oscar's buddy had a birthday last week, I couldn't fight the urge to whip up a little superhero gear.  And I do mean whip up ... with the help of some cooperative kids, I was able to make this set in one morning.

First up, a quick cape!  Using one of my kid's capes from the dress-up box as the pattern, I traced the cape shape onto one piece of fabric, cut it out, and trimmed it with bias tape.  The velcro closure is topped with the birthday boy's initial to personalize it a bit.

(As a side note, I have totally been converted to making my own bias tape now that I've learned the continuous bias tape method.  Check out this tutorial on Aesthetic Nest ... it will blow your mind!)

The rest of the ensemble was made with a lot of help from the far reaches of the internet.  The superhero mask was made using the tutorial by Hazelnuts and the power cuffs were from the tutorial by See Kate Sew on The Train to Crazy.  The silver fabric is pleather and works great for these projects, because like felt, it does not fray.


On the back of the cape, I added a lightning bolt using the applique patterns from The Long Thread.

Happy birthday, Merrick!  We hope it was super. 

14 comments:

Ellieboo said...

That is fantastic - SUPER fantastic.

Louisa said...

How cool! I love the binding!

Veronica and Daniel said...

Oh my cuteness! What a fun birthday for the little super hero...I can think of quite a few kids and kids at heart that would love a costume like this :)

Krista said...

This is so timely! Planning my boy's 4th bday party and was going to make superhero garb for the kids. Thanks Jill!

@lliE said...

I have a similar tutorial here. http://freshlycompleted.blogspot.com/2011/11/batman-superhero-cape.html

But i wish I would have thought of the binding. That turned out SO cute!

bethanndodd said...

Perfect gifts for a birthday boy!
Smiles~beth

Mammy Made said...

This is seriously cute!! I have been thinking of ideas for my friend's nearly 2yo boy who is having a birthday soon and I think he would LOVE this!!

Betty Minnes said...

This is great, most little boys love to be super heroes.

GabrielleJustine said...

This is fantastic! Realy nice gift for boy!
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sarwar said...

nice work keep it up

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Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings said...

This is just precious!! Awesome job.

Raysha said...

My boys have capes and masks that my sister made for them but the arm bands are a nice addition!

http://lexmallabooks.com/?p=15

outbound malang said...

may god always give the best to you .. :)

willowday said...

Dear Jill, I've just discovered you through Martha Stewart today --- I can only say that I wish I had know you when my three we wee!! They're still little7,9,10 -- but a different kind of little. I love and loved sewing capes and costumes--- these will be put to good use & experiences long lives. Every costume i've made is still worn. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments! I look forward to returning! Gina@ www.willowday.com