My daughter’s friend Mason loves Batman. We got him some superhero books for his birthday, but they didn’t seem fun enough. I thought maybe a special cape would make his gift more exciting.

reversible superhero cape

I found some black and red canvas-like fabric in my stash that I thought would be great for this project — wrinkle resistant and durable. Apparently, it’s Ultra Heat’n Bond proof, too. I wound up stitching on the appliques and gunked up my needle in the process. Bah!

The cape is reversible and I toyed with the idea of adding a Husker N or Mason M on the other side. His mom suggested Spiderman. Of course, it wasn’t until after I finished that we both realized Spidey doesn’t wear a cape. Oops! I spent a lot of Saturday mornings watching Super Friends. I should have known that!

reversible superhero cape

Anyway, I’ve always wanted to make a cape and now I have. And of course, after all of that, he was more interested in the books. Kids. Gotta love them!

cape tutorial: I used Georgia Leigh’s free cape tutorial and freehand sketched the pattern onto my fabric. She also has applique stencils available. I traced my own because I wanted the Batman logo to match the new Dark Knight logo that was on one of the books.

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5 Responses to birthday superhero cape

  1. Lori says:

    It is amazing and we are so touched that you are so in tune to the world of little boys and their love for superheros! And I am thrilled that he loved the books!
    Now if I can just get used to the fact my first born is old enough to be into this stuff bug kid stuff.

  2. Cindy says:

    I love that it’s reversible. Lucky boy who gets to wear that!

  3. Mary Kay Baker says:

    I made capes for Chris when he was little and he always became the character of whatever cape he was wearing. Maybe that’s why he likes to dress up for Halloween!!

  4. Deb says:

    This is so adorable!