T Shirt CapeJuly 19, 2011 4:04 am Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Sewing, Techniques and Mediums
By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
Every child should, at some point in their lives, get to have their very own super cape. Admit it, you’d take one yourself if given the opportunity, wouldn’t you? Capes are magical, mystical, and also, just plain fun. This light and simple cape is a snap to make, requires no sewing at all (unless you want to) and can be tailored to your child’s interests and tastes. So if that special little someone who you are making it for is, say, REALLY into garbage trucks, well then, a super garbage man cape it is.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Heat transfer shapes
- Iron on patches
- Freezer paper stencils, Click Here to learn how to make your own!
1. Fold the t-shirt in half lengthwise and cut off the sleeves.
2. Turn the shirt inside out and cut out the side seams on both sides, from the hem to the armpits. If yoru shirt has no side seams, simply cut open the sides.
3. Unless the emblem of your shirt is very cool and what you want on the cape, or the shirt is plain, plan on using the back of the T so that you have plain material to work with. Lay the shirt open on a flat work surface and then fold in half vertically. Starting at the hem on the outside edge, cut at an angle up toward the shoulders.
4. At the shoulders, turn and cut in toward the neck. Trim around the front of the ribbing at the neck. Discard the rest of the fabric.
5. Open the cape up and cut a 3-4 inch section out of the neck loop. You can leave the neck as is but it will be most likly be too large for your child.
6. Hot glue velcro or ribbon to each end of the cut neck piece to create a new closure for the cape.