Brian and I aren’t big fans of superhero movies. I just can’t handle all of the destruction, what a mess! Arthur was four before he ever even knew what a superhero was, and he only learned about them because he watched PJ Masks at a babysitter’s house. He suddenly became obsessed and wanted to dress up as a superhero.

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Of course I needed to make him a cape.

I went looking in my craft room for some fabric that I could use. I found a pile of old t-shirts in some nice bright colors. I realized that it already had the perfect shape and all I had to do was make one quick cut to have an easy DIY superhero cape!

As soon as I gave the capes to the kids, I fell in love. There is just something about a superhero cape that embodies all of the joy of childhood. It is such a simple way to instantly jump into the world of imagination. No dress up box is complete without one!

Making your own superhero cape is ridiculously easy.

  1. Start with an old t-shirt. Cut the back of the shirt starting at one corner
  1. Keep cutting at an angle all the way to the shoulder, about 2 inches from the inside of the collar.
  1. Cut all the way around the collar.
  1. Cut back down the other side.
  1. That’s all! Easy as can be! It’s ready to wear as-is, or you can add a fun custom emblem.

Personalize your cape with symbols.

Download the free printable with 40 different symbol patterns for endless combinations. You can find plenty of templates for DC and Marvel characters symbols on Pinterest, but I prefer to mix and match other super shapes to create custom superhero symbols for each kid.

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Option 1:

Print and cut out your favorite shapes to use as a pattern.

Cut the shapes out of different colors of felt. You can also use more old t-shirts, knit fabric won’t fray.

Use fabric glue or hot glue to attach the shapes to the back of the cape.

Option 2:

Use safety pins to attach felt pieces to your cape.

Mix and match the symbols each time you play.

Option 3:

Cut the templates as a stencil rather than a pattern and paint your custom symbol onto your cape.

Every kid needs a superhero cape!

And now you can make one in no time at all! These would be super fun to make as favors at a birthday party, just round up some old t-shirts, cut out a bunch of different colored shapes, and let everyone make their own custom cape to take home with them!

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