Friday, June 6, 2014

Making Sweatshirt Capes!

Our 4 boys always love to play the hero! Strong, victorious and mighty!  *smile*  I saw this idea for making capes on a boy at a local park near our house and thought it was brilliant!  I purchased used sweatshirts for our boys and turned the sweatshirts into capes. There is no sewing involved and it was very simple. I only needed a pair of scissors and some Fray Check... Here's how I did it. *smile*

Step 1 - I purchased from shopping at Good Will and Value Village four sweatshirts in men's sizes XXL for $4 each (one for each of our sons).  This allowed the capes to be as long and wide as possible.  The type of fabric doesn't matter, some of mine were thin cotton, some thick, one was polar fleece. They all worked well.  

Step 2 - For each sweatshirt:  I laid it out flat on the table so that the seams were in the side edges.



Step 3 - I cut off the side seams and up through the arms as well. (This fabric was thick polar fleece so it looks like I cut off more than I really was. I cut off only the seam.)

Step 4 - I chose to leave part of the arm hole seems in the cape for a little extra strength. I did not leave the side seams in because it didn't seem that the cape would flow as much and would have been heavier and straighter.

Step 5 - Then I used the handle of the scissors to just score across the chest of the cape where I thought I would like to cut it, to make sure it was straight, equal distance from each shoulder, and a little ways down from the neck line.

Step 6 -  And I cut off the front panel of the sweatshirt along my scored line.

Step 7 - I used Fray Check on the 6 open seems that I cut across to keep them from unraveling. The edges of the sweatshirt do not unravel or anything so they can be left alone.

Ta-da! *laugh* Four super heroes!  Endless play every day.  *beam*  The boys choose to wear them whenever we go out to do errands or to the park and everyone smiles at them and comments.  AND, this idea works with tee-shirts, too, for warmer weather when the sweatshirt capes are too hot!  *cheer!* We have a whole set of both!


Blessings on your family fun!

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14 comments:

  1. I am going to do this! Brilliant!!

    Two quick editing notes - "fray" and "seam."

    Love to the whole family!!!
    Diana

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    1. Oh thanks. I knew those two, too, I was just in a big hurry. At least I was consistent. ;) Changes maid...just kidding, made. LOL

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  2. If you found brightly coloured hoodies for the girls, you could alter the pattern a bit (but still no sewing!) and do 1800's style capes they could wear with their dresses for dress-up, like this one?

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  3. These are amazing, thank you so much for sharing! I will be making some of these soon and am looking forward to the great imaginary play that will be occurring this summer!

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  4. What an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing, I love anything thats no-sew!

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  5. So cute! This would be a great way to get one more use out of my hubby's old sweatshirts, too!

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  6. I Just spoke with the woman who made the original cape I saw (she reads our blog! small world! =D) and she had a great idea! She makes cooler capes out of tee shirts for when the sweatshirts are too hot! =D i'm so going to do this!

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  8. I'm going to do this for my daughters!

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  9. Do your darling daughters like to play superheroes too?

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    1. Oh yes! I bought them women's XL pink crew-neck tee-shirts and made them capes, too. =)

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