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Topic: SUPER easy hero cape - my first (very mini) tutorial  (Read 1413 times)
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« on: January 06, 2013 10:30:20 AM »

I wanted to make my little guy some superhero dressups for Christmas and I was running out of time!  Thankfully, I had a brainstorm while shopping at Goodwill - what if I could make capes that required no fasteners and no hemming?  Yup, I could and did - out of men's tshirts that I paid $1 each for at Goodwill!! You can use any color of shirt you want and it can have anything printed on it - as long as the back is plain.

So here's the finished product:



And here's my "pattern":


I laid the tshirt flat with the folds, or edges, however you want to word it, becoming the centers of the front and back of the shirt.  I did this by holding the shirt upside down, looking inside it, and matching up the sleeves. 

When I laid it down I made sure the sleeves were laying towards the front of the shirt.  Then I started cutting from the center front, about 1 1/2 inches from the collar.  I cut towards the back of the shirt, until I got just past the sleeves. Then I cut on a diagonal toward the front of the shirt.  This pic makes it look like I made the cut wider than I really did - I ended up just past where the side of the shirt would normally be, underneath the sleeves.  Hope that makes sense.  Roll Eyes

Because jersey knit (t shirt fabric) tends to cut kinda jaggedy, once I was finished, I opened the cape up and tidied up the cut lines to make them smooth. 

That's it!!  They just pull on over his head - no fasteners, no trims, no hems!  YAAAY!
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013 10:57:57 AM »

This is genius! Thanks for sharing how you did it Smiley And I love how happy he looks with it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013 05:03:46 PM »

Thanks!  I was kinda proud of myself!  Cheesy  Glad you like it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013 06:52:38 PM »

So just so i'm understanding this correctly......you cut the shirt so the sleeves are still connected in the back but not in the front so when he's wearing it it kinda gives an armwarmer-type look? that's freaking awesome! this would be a good idea for any dress up clothes, since its so easy-on/easy-off. i absolutely love it. great job!
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013 08:31:09 PM »

actually, the arms are still connected to the front, which is discarded (or, more realistically, hoarded for future projects  Wink).  Although, if you wanted to, you could certainly do it the way you suggest and leave the arms attached.  In the pic it kind of looks like armwarmers just because the shirt he's wearing has blue and red sleeves!  LOL  Grin  

However, we discovered that if we cut the arms off, they fit our little guy around the head perfectly - for use as a blindfold for games or to cut holes into to make a mask for the superhero in question.  Might work for you, too!
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013 09:20:51 AM »

Very cool, bunny!  Definitely a cheap and easy way to make a cape!
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