My husband loves Zara with all his heart but has watched Lion King approximately 27,173 times. He was flipping through HBO to see if there was a different children's movie when Superman Returns came on. Z was transfixed when she saw the flying scene. After she watched it several times, I had to get involved as well. I read a whole bunch of different ways to make a cape and came up with a combination of methods plus a bit of my own ingenuity added in. Here's my DIY Super Hero Cape tutorial.
First thing we had to do was find an old red t-shirt which my sweet hubby supplied. As he is 6'6" this cape will be long enough for many years to come. The trickiest part was to see how much neck band to leave.
Keep this in mind when you are cutting off the parts that you don't need. Make sure that you keep the neck band intact and the back.
I cut off the sleeves and the front but kept the entire neck band. I had the whole back hanging off of it and tried to see how much of a neck band she needed for a comfortable fit. I had to guess as she didn't really like this stage.
Super heroes can be temperamental!
I took my tape measure to help draw a straight line from the neck band to the end of the shirt. I discovered that old t-shirts are not overly easy to straighten. This one was stretched out of alignment so I did the best I could.
But you could cut to the height of your child. You could just cut it off or hem it.
I ironed a piece of wonder under on a piece of yellow fabric that I have had in my stash for decades. I was so excited to use it.
I used a pencil and free hand drew a Z. It was hard to see it so in PicMonkey.com I drew a line over it. I actually did a better job making a Z than this picture appears.
I cut out the Z and peeled off the back of the paper. I love Wonder Under but you have to be careful when you peel. Make sure it is affixed.
I used the blanket stitch on my machine to sew the Z down. You could also use the zig zag or even a straight stitch. If you don't sew it down, I wouldn't ever wash it!
I did not want ties around Zara's neck. I opted for velcro. If she gets caught on something, it will come open. Ties or buttons might now.
If you don't sew, I would get the stick on kind of velcro. Don't sew with it however, it will gunk up your machine. I learned that one the hard way.
She and my husband had an absolute riot with this cape. He held onto her and pretended she was flying. She had her legs straight out and her arms straight in front of herself. He made appropriate wind noises.
She took it home with her and plays with it all the time. She puts it on and runs around, likes to jump off things and proclaim she is flying.
Yes, it does make me smile that we sent all that fun home! (You're welcome Emily!)
Here's a video of what Zara thinks is happening while she wears her cape.
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