I recently bought my 3-year-old a Superman t-shirt with a red Velcro cape at the Gap. My son loves it, so there are some major bribes offered to get this baby off of him and into the wash. When he asked me for a Batman cape a few days ago, I sensed where this was going: “Mom, can you buy me a Robin cape? What about Captain America?” So I found myself googling “DIY superhero cape.”
I came across the absolutely, certifiably easiest DIY superhero cape ever. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a cape for an aspiring Wonder Woman or Batman, the directions are the same. You get an old t-shirt out of your drawer, do some cutting — and voila, it’s done. Seriously, you’re going to thank us for this one.
Here’s how to make it:
What You’ll Need:
-Scissors, preferably fabric scissors
-an old t-shirt
-Markers, or a needle and thread
1. Find an old t-shirt in your drawer and lay it out flat on the kitchen table — or playroom floor (which is what I did!).
2. Cut off the sleeves of the t-shirt by cutting along the shoulder seams, so it looks like the image below.
3. Next, cut the t-shirt along the side seams from bottom to top. Now the t-shirt should be able to flip open like a pocket watch.
4. Position your scissors at the top of the side seam, near the shoulder and up by the neckline of the t-shirt. You’re going to cut around the neckline, effectively cutting the front of the t-shirt off. This will leave you with the back side of the t-shirt with a circular neckline attached (this will be how your superhero wears his cape).
5. Now you’re going to shape the remaining backside of the t-shirt so it looks like a cape. To do this, lay the t-shirt on its back, then cut on a diagonal from the bottom corners of the t-shirt to the neckline. It’s okay if the lines aren’t perfect. I didn’t use a pencil or measure anything — I just winged it. Your child won’t notice, as you can see…my son can’t wait until I’m finished.
6. It’s up to you how to decorate the back of the cape with a superhero logo. I drew a Batman insignia on an old yellow t-shirt, cut it out and sewed it on. You might just draw the superhero logo on with marker, or use fabric glue to glue on glitter in the shape of a superhero insignia.
To wear it, the cape just slips over the child’s head, using the old t-shirt neckline as the anchor. If your child prefers a tie-neck, you can cut the t-shirt neckline with a snip at the center and use the two long pieces of the neckline as ties.
Remember, this craft isn’t about being Martha and creating a perfect superhero cape. Just use your imagination and do your best. Your little one is going to love this craft no matter what! My son wore it to the park right after we finished.