I Sew For Fun Superhero Cape as Seen on Sewing With Nancy with host Nancy ZiemanI

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Superhero Cape Sewing Tutorial

Approximate Finished Size: 34″ x 35″

Supplies Needed:

 

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.

 

1. Create a pattern for the cape on pattern tracing paper:

  • Draw an 18″ x 35″ rectangle on pattern tracing paper. Mark one 35″ edge as a foldline.
  • Measure and fold 9″ from the top of the pattern paper. Unfold, and mark along the fold.

  • Create your own neckline pattern by tracing one half of a 6-inch saucer plate.
  • Draw a diagonal line from the side edge of the neckline pattern to the lower right corner of the pattern paper.
  • Place a dinner plate at lower cape corner and mark a curved hem.

 

   Show your little partner how to round corners with the dinner plate. It’s a fun experience for them to round off the corners!

 

 

2. Use paper pattern created above to cut out cape and lining.

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3. Select and prepare appliqué:

 

  Skip to step 5 if you are not adding an appliqué.

 

  • You are the designer, choose your own design to place on the back of the cape.

 

   Have your little partner choose an appliqué pattern, the color of appliqué felt, and any buttons, rhinestones, or glitter that they would like to add. Time for a little BLING!

 

  • Trace appliqué design onto paper side of Pellon’s Lite EZ Steam II, following manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

   Appliqué patterns have been mirror imaged.

 

  • Roughly cut out appliqué, allowing approximate 1/8″ margins around all edges.
  • Position appliqué on wrong side of felt appliqué fabric. Press, following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Cut out appliqué, following traced lines.


 

4. Position appliqué on back of cape and press into place:

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  • Remove paper backing and center appliqué on back of cape with top edge at marking.

 

  Show your little partner how to take a pin and make a scratch mark on the paper backing. Use edge of scratch mark to remove paper from the appliqué. Position appliqué at mark on cape.

 

  • Cover appliqué with a press cloth and press to fuse, following manufacturer’s instructions.

 

5. Complete cape:

  • Press cape and lining.
  • Optional: Add some buttons or other bling to the appliqué.
  • Pin cape and lining, right sides together, aligning cut edges.


 

  • Stitch outer edges of cape, leaving a 4″–5″ seam opening on the lower hemline edge for turning.

 

 

  • Trim  seam allowances around the neckline and body of the cape, using a pinking shears or rotary cutter with a pinking blade.

 

   Don’t trim 4″–5″ seam opening at lower hemline edge.

 

 

  • Turn cape right side out, through opening at lower hem edge. Use a point turning tool to push out seams at neckline extensions. Press.
  • Press seam allowance to inside at opening in hemline.
  • Complete cape by topstitching around outer cape and neckline edges.

 I Sew For Fun Superhero Cape Tutorial as seen on Sewing with Nancy with Host Nancy Zieman

6. Prepare and stitch hook and loop tape closure:

  • Lay cape right side up and pin the hook side of hook and loop tape (1–1/2″ strip) to right neckline extension, as shown. Stitch through both layers using a straight or zigzag stitch.
  • Pin the loop (soft) side of hook and loop tape (2″ strip) to left neckline extension on the lining side of the cape. Stitch through both layers using a straight or zigzag stitch. The longer tape on the left neck extension allows you to adjust finished neckline.

 

 

It’s time for your little partner to put on the cape and show off his/her super powers! Voila!

 

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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