Monday, March 4, 2013

Bias tape dress up cape and Superhero costume

Like I mentioned here, we celebrated Purim last week and I made my friend's son a costume. He loves this Israeli Superhero called Mr Tomato and we were looking at the costume you can buy which is very expensive, and made out of that cheap, scratchy costume material. I told her I could make it for him and was happy to take on the challenge.

This is the original costume she was going to buy:

We discussed it and decided that the pants with the tomato shirt, the cape and the mask would be plenty. He could wear his boots with it and it would look great.

So I went to work and this is what came out of it:

I blurred his face for privacy issues, but you should have seen the huge smile! It made the whole thing worth it!

I was going to make the cape using this tutorial, but when I cut out the two pieces of fabric, I realized it was just too heavy to be two layers. So I decided to make a bias tape cape instead. Luckily I had a whole bunch of red and white bias tape my mother in law had given me, so I didn't even have to make it myself.

What you do is you follow this tutorial, but you only cut out one cape piece. Then you take your bias tape and sew it around the entire cape. So easy! If you need a good tutorial on how to sew on bias tape go here.

Since I cut out two cape pieces, I made another one for Littleheart, and she was thrilled!

For the masks I cut out two layers of felt and glued them together, real simple!


  1. I've seen a few tutorials for capes that are double sided and wondered if they'd be too heavy, as kids usually want the cape to fly out the back while they are running. The bias is a good way to make one that is lighter. I bet the two of them have lots of fun with their new capes.

  2. Cute. I bet he had fun and the fun will continue for a long time.

  3. Your version is great! I bet he was super happy with it. I like your neckline, I always worry with toddlers and those string necklines if they start pulling at each others cape and being you know toddlers!

    It's fun to see different superheros and kids characters too.