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Friday, March 30, 2012

Decorate Your Own Superhero Cape Tutorial

For Chaos's 4th birthday, instead of a big party, we invited his two closest friends over for a "Superhero Playdate." One of the activities I had planned was to decorate their own superhero capes. These were super easy and inexpensive to make and the boys (and my girls too!) loved them. I thought I would share how I made them.


The first thing I needed was felt. I found that the felt by the yard at both Joanns and Hobby Lobby were too expensive for what I had in mind. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon these prepackaged felt yards at Michaels.

The brand is Creatology and each package contains one 36in x 36in square of felt. They had about a half dozen color options at my local store. The regular price was $3.99, but I went back with my 40% coupon several times during the week to get them for less. I was able to make 2 capes from each package.

The first thing I did was fold the felt in half, then in half again. By doing this, I was able to cut out both capes at once.

I drew a basic half-cape shape freehand. My cape is roughly 32 inches long which was a good size for both the 4 year olds at the playdate and Pinky (who is the tallest of the bunch at 49 inches).

Once you cut out and unfold your capes you will be left with this:


I needed a way to keep the capes attached and really didn't want to sew on velcro. I had some sticky back velcro dots and thought I would give them a try.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they worked! I gave them a few tugs to make sure they wouldn't fall off, and while I don't expect them to last forever, they were perfect for the playdate. If you plan to use the cape for awhile I would definitely suggest adding a few stitches to secure your velcro.


To decorate the capes I cut out shapes from various colors of felt. I loved the adhesive backed felt, but could not find it in all the colors I wanted so I had to use regular felt as well. The craft felt was less expensive at 20 cents a sheet compared to 99 cents for the adhesive backed. However the adhesive felt was easier for the kids to use (we used tacky glue for the shapes cut from regular craft felt).

My superhero shapes were pretty random - various sizes of circles, stars, lightning bolts, flames and a crown.


On the day of the party I set out the capes, decorations and some tacky glue. The boys had a great time creating their own superhero identities.

While the glue and adhesive felt worked fine for the playdate (and are still holding up almost 2 weeks later) you will definitely want to either sew these on or use an iron on adhesive if you want the cape to last longer.


Once their capes were done these superheroes were ready to save the world!

Be sure to check back next week when I share more details from our Superhero Playdate!

Linking up to some of these great parties!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Read Along with Helping Little Hands

I am so honored to be part of the read along at Helping Little Hands. If you haven't seen what Polly and fellow bloggers have been up to, be sure to click the link below or in my sidebar to see all of the great books and crafts that have been posted so far!

Around here, we love robots. So the book I chose to share is The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas.

The book is a wonderful story about a robot with a broken heart. Being deemed "unfixable" he is thrown out to the junk pile where he befriends and helps a bluebird struggling to fly south. The bird takes up residence in the space where his heart used to be, and once again the robot feels as though his heart is soaring.

After reading the book (and taking a moment to wipe my tears), we decided to make our own robots to love.

First, I made felt boards (just as I did during Dr. Seuss week). These are SO easy to make! All you need to do is glue a sheet of craft felt to cardboard and cut out various shapes of felt. I used my pinking shears on a lot of the pieces to make the robot look more...well...robotic! And of course we had to give our robots a heart!


Next we made robot pillows to hug!

Wild One has no idea what is going on but insisted on being a part of the picture


To make your own robot pillow you will need:
  • robot coloring page
  • scissors
  • fabric markers
  • light colored fabric
  • stuffing
  • coordinating thread and needle or sewing machine
Cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each pillow you want to make (I cut mine to the same size as my coloring sheet). One piece will be the front of the pillow, the other will be the back.


Print out your robot coloring sheet (the one I used is from here at Confessions of a Non-Domestic Housewife) and lay a piece of fabric on top of it. Trace the design using fabric markers.


Let the kids color and decorate their robots with the fabric markers. When they're finished, follow the instructions on the package to set the marker.


I love that they added lots of birds to their pillows (Pinky drew birds for Chaos)

Place the top of your pillow (the robot picture) FACE DOWN on top of the bottom of your pillow and stitch on three sides using your sewing machine or by hand. Turn right side out.

Stuff the pillow, then sew closed the 4th side.



You're finished - give your robot pillow a great BIG SQUEEZE!!!


We had such a fun time with our robot crafts that we plan to have a complete week dedicated to robots soon. I hope you'll check back!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what Polly has in store for the rest of the month at Helping Little Hands!



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