Since I posted the capes I made for Milo's preschool earlier this year, I've had a few people ask me for a tutorial. I never made one because I thought the blogosphere was a bit oversaturated with cape tutorials. But folks continue to ask, and so the masses must be appeased!
Capes for Kids
Capes for Kids began with a goal of giving 3200 handmade capes to the kids of Newtown. They have long-since reached their goal for the brave kids of Sandy Hook, but they remain active donating capes to other causes. Contact Info@capesforkids.org to request information, or visit them on Facebook.
1000 Capes Project
I was contacted by The 1000 Capes Project to use this tutorial as the official tutorial for their wonderful cause. Founder Celeste Sarvata wrote to me, "We are sewing superhero capes for children with brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) and their siblings, celebrating the indomitable spirit of children, and the amazing families that are facing this painful genetic disease." Visit The 1000 Capes Project on Facebook to get involved!
Reversible Cape Tutorial
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1 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics
Star and lightning bolt template
Lite Steam-a-Seam 2
matching or contrasting thread
1/2" Sew-on Velcro strips
Here's how to make a reversible cape:
Prep your fabric:
Pre-shrink and iron all fabric. For each fabric, cut an 18" x 24" rectangle (for a longer cape, expand that to 18" x 30").
Choose one of the fabrics and cut a 22" x 3" rectangle for the collar.
Make the appliques:
First, print out the templates provided in the Materials list, or make your own symbol (about 5" x 7" is a good size).
Time to sew:
Back to the ironing board! Make the collar:
Press all around the cape. To make a casing for the collar strip, fold down the top edge 1.5" and press.