Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...

...a 2 minute no-sew emergency superhero cape!!!!

Ever needed to save the world RIGHT NOW?  Recently I had a superhero cape emergency.  Here's the idea  that came to my rescue.

All you need are scissors, a cheap tote bag with one side plain, and markers or paint.

I took this dollar store tote bag:

The front had a monkey cartoon, but I used the undecorated back.  I cut a rough triangle shape, starting at the outside of the handle.

Then I snipped the handle in half.

Now you have this:

People, that is it!  You have made a 2 minute no-sew cape, all done but the superhero identification!

Now just decorate with lettering, symbol or logo.  Spend as much or as little time on this as you have.  The easiest route: a quickie sketch with magic markers.  "Superkid" or a Batman logo or whatever your little hero requires.

Ta-da!!!  Here is your finished cape.  What did that take, five minutes total?  w00t!

If you have a little extra time before Godzilla attacks, you can paint a fancier logo.  A pencil sketch...

Then fabric paints and a marker...

Ta-da redux!  Super Eli in the house.

Once I gave it to him, there was only time for this quick, out-of-focus shot before he was off.

His little brother (Mr. Super Cute) would not pose at all.  Later, his dad and uncle posed for you all to get a better look.  Don't they look cool?  (The capes, not the grownups.)

They also discovered another use for them.


A couple of notes.  These are small capes - they will fit a toddler, or work as a mini-cape for a bigger kid.  And yes, the edges are raw and will fray.  Remember, these are emergency superhero capes, for when a world in imminent peril just can't wait for finished edges!  After the world has been saved, you can go back and Fray-Check the edges, or sew a hem all around, if you can sew.

Well, so ends our story.  The world is safe for another day.  Thanks to Super Eli and his little sidekick.  Hooray!


  1. that's so funny!! we took our GrandBoy to Six Flags, got him a cape first thing, and he was ready to go home. had his cape, he was good!! hahaha!!! wish i woulda saw your post first, saved myself $20 bucks!! dang!!

    enjoy your day!!

  2. Ummm hello, can anyone say GENIUS?!??!?! And I am totally making my husband wear one of those as an apron when he grills LOL. Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

  3. "SUPER CUTE" is right! love this :)

  4. Great idea! Perfect for themed bday parties, etc!
    Thanks for linking with What are little boys made of?

  5. Very creative and perfect for little boys and big boys too! Found you on Somewhat Simple!

  6. Came over from HOH to check out this GREAT idea! I'll have to remember that on the next itsrainingagainandwe'restuckinsideandmykidsaredrivingmebonkers weekend! :)

  7. Fun quick and easy craft! Thanks for sharing and Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!