So as you know my son had his 3rd birthday at the beginning of this summer and this was by far one of my favorite themes.. Not having the party at home posed some obstacles for really getting my theme out there.. So I had to make sure that my decorations and loot bags were packed with a superhero punch!!
How do you do that you ask? Well the main loot bag treat could only be one thing.. Superhero capes for each and every party goers…Including baby capes for our smallest guests..
Being that the head count for the party was in the upper 20’s I knew I didn’t have a lot of time to sit down and sew 26 capes.. So that is where I realized that making the capes out of fleece was my best bet.. Not only does it feel soft on the skin for even the most delicate skin..but fleece doesn’t fray!!! So that means no sewing!!!
So I started sourcing out fleece.. I knew that my size of my cape would be just around 20×28 inches.. But what I soon realized was buying fleece at the fabric stores was just too expensive for the project I had in mind.. and the amount of capes.. It was looking like it would cost close to $5.00 to complete each cape..and being that this was not the only item in the kids loot bag I just couldn’t spend that much..
That night my husband and I were walking through Wal-Mart doing our usual late night shopping and we just happened to walk by a stack of brightly coloured fleece blankets on sale for $5.00 each!!!
So I bought one blanket to take home for a test run.. What I realized is I could make 3 toddler capes in one blanket..and the best part was I had just enough to make 3 baby capes with the leftover material!! They had great strong bold colours for the capes also!!
The blankets had a great fringe around the border.. Which was what I used for the bottom of each cape..less work for me!! Just remember to cut the fringe off the sides of your capes also.. Cut each blanket in 3 panels measuring 20×28 inches (doesn’t have to be exact) and your baby capes if you are making those..
Like I said earlier I was searching the blog world for templates to make my cape and I just happened to find this Template here at Serving Pink Lemonade which worked out perfectly.. Just print and cut your template out..
Fold your fleece panel in half and place the template up against the fold and away from the fringe….Your fringe is for the bottom of your cape.. The template should be for the shoulders and neck of your cape..
Now cut along your template… You will love how the fleece doesn’t fray..
I used velcro tabs on each side of the strap to attach around the neck.. Make sure you use something that breaks away easily..or your cape will be a choking hazard..When placing your velcro make sure one tab is on the inside of the fleece and the next tab is on the outside.. This will ensure that your cape closes neatly and properly..
I used felt to personalize each cape.. I cut out 1 large circle for the back of the cape.. Cut out each child’s first initial and then one lightning bolt.. I did plan to use fabric glue for the project but ended up running out of time for that.. so hot glue worked perfectly!!
My Superhero capes for our smallest guests:
My son the model:
Some of the parents sent me some pictures of their kids at home with their superhero capes and masks I made for them..too cute..
So what are you waiting for? Go get some fleece and get your SUPERHERO ON!!