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Handmade Gifts: Superhero Cape for Kids

December 21st, 2009

My little nephew Orin requested a superhero cape for Christmas. Since I’m the crafty aunt, my sister asked if I’d be willing to make one for him. These are the kinds of gifts I love to make, it’s so much fun picking out fabrics, trying to figure out the perfect design, and adding those little touches that set it apart from a store bought item. I decided that a proper superhero should have not one, but two identities. So I made his cape reversible, so he could be super blue or super red.
One of the reasons I like making gifts instead of buying them is because they can be personalized. His favorite colors are red and blue and I decided he couldn’t be a random superhero. So I included his name on the back -BAM-.
It’s cut out of felt and stitched on, I know this cape will be getting lots of wear and tear since he’s an active little boy. I figured gluing wouldn’t last long enough, and beside stitching allowed me to add a little extra -ZOW- by stitching it on it a different colored thread.
The stitching around the edge is also alternating colors, the thread is blue on the red side and red on the blue side.
And since a superhero isn’t complete without a mask -POW- I made a mask and laser wristlets (which are also reversible).
Since we celebrated our family Christmas yesterday, Orin got his gift. Mr Chiots got this great photo of him seeing himself in his costume. This cape and mask will go beautifully with the wooden sword and shield his sisters made him for Christmas.
I spent about $5-$6 total on this gift and it took me about an hour to make. Mr Chiots has fond memories of his superhero cape as a kid, I’m sure Orin will have the same great memories. My favorite toy as a kid was a weaving loom, I made all kinds of wonderful things with it.

What was your favorite toy as a child?

15 Comments to “Handmade Gifts: Superhero Cape for Kids”
  1. KitsapFG on December 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

    OMG! That is just darling! However, what takes you “hours” to do – would take me DAYS!

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  2. warren on December 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Excellent costume! My brother and I played with matchbox cars for hours…funny, but my kids won’t touch them now…couldn’t care less!
    .-= warren´s last blog ..Hair? On Warren? =-.

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  3. Mavis on December 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Western Wear Barbie….

    P.S…. the costume is stinkin priceless!

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    • Susy on December 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

      My sister had a western wear barbie, her’s winked.

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  4. Michelle on December 21, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Fabulous costume! I love the wristlets!!

    My favorites…always my baby dolls…
    .-= Michelle´s last blog’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… =-.

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  5. Jaspenelle on December 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I love that picture! He looks like he could explode with happiness, definitely a little super hero!

    My favorite toy as a child… My mom made me a big leaf press when I was little (nature geek from day one?) which I loved. It was always filled with plants. I don’t remember what I actually did with them once they were pressed though…
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..Love is… =-.

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  6. the inadvertent farmer on December 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I’m making one for my two year old too…its yellow. I love yours and it seems your nephew thinks it rocks too! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..I need a Silent Night =-.

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  7. deedee on December 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    joey (3) just walked by as i was reading your blog and saw the picture & said “i need one of those mom!” :) too cute! LOVE the picture of him looking in the mirror!

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    • Susy on December 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm

      You’ll have to whip out your sewing machine :)

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  8. Julia on December 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    This is SO adorable. I’ll be making something similar in a year or two…It’s so hard to think of favorite toys, we didn’t have too many toys. My favorite things were forts to hide in, either made of leaves or sheets, temporary and made by you or maybe some friends, never given, always using what was right there…
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Braised Brisket and Roasted Pears =-.

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  9. Maureen on December 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    That last shot is hysterical!!!

    When he was 4yr. old, our son wore a home-made Peter Pan costume almost every day for an entire year (I kid you not, every picture we have of him is in that costume…he asked me once if he ever took it off….church maybe?)

    My favorite toy as a child was a train set…and yes, I was a girl then too :)
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Something’s Missing =-.

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    • Susy on December 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      From what I hear I think he’s had it on every day since he got it as well. May end up in all the photos this year (he’s 4 as well).

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  10. Ribbit on December 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Wonder Woman underoos!!! I dared my mother to tell me I couldn’t wear them on top of my clothes when we went out.

    Thank goodness I had a friend who adored his superman underoos. Our moms made us buttons that read, “I dressed myself today!”
    .-= Ribbit´s last blog ..Pay It Forward! **It’s My Turn!!** =-.

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  11. Kelly on December 25, 2009 at 9:33 am

    You continue to amaze me Susy! I love that about you!!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Preschool Christmas Paty =-.

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  12. Kaylan on March 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

    OMG! That last pic is awesome! I have a six month old and can’t wait to make him a cape someday. Thanks for sharing:)

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