Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Flying Fat Quarter Fun!

Our little man is about the age where he would enjoy a cape!  However as a slightly neurotic mom, I've never been willing to get a cape, because I worry about the choking risk.  That's when I came up with my fat quarter cape.

The first cape I created with the basketball fat quarter, but it didn't look quite as good as I wanted it to, so I made a second with some measurement modifications. 

I had two pieces of this super cute Cars print and sewing them together made one fat quarter (18" x 22"). And then I ended up with a cape, the little man and I really like it!


1.  On each shorter side of the fat quarter measure 6" in, and on the longer side measure 7" down. Create one line from the measurements and slice at an angle removing the corners.   This makes the top of the cape.

2.  Measure 3" up from the bottom of the fat quarter and cut it off.

3.  Cut the 3" x 18" strip in half so you have two 3" x 9" pieces.  These will be the straps.

4.  Fold the one shorter edge of each strip over 1/2".  Then fold in half length wise, wrong sides together.  Press.  Sew along the two raw edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the folded edge alone and the edge that you folded over previously open. 

5.  Turn the pieces right side out and edge stitch along all four sides with 1/8" seam allowance.  Sew down the middle as well, for more stability.

All sides need to be hemmed using a double fold hem:

1.  Fold in 1/2 the amount of the total hem. 
2. Press.
3.  Fold again for 1/2 the amount of the total hem, placing the raw edge on the inside.  Press.

**Please Note: In my directions, when I say to create a 1/4" double fold hem, I want you to do a 1/4" fold and then another 1/4" fold.**  

6.  Fold over top angled sides for a 1/4" double fold hem.  Edge stitch, 1/8" from the folded edge.  Repeat with the top for a 1/2" double fold hem.  

7.  Hem the sides with a 1" double fold hem.  Then finish by hemming the bottom with a 1/2" double fold hem. 

8.  Take shorter sides of straps and line up with the top corners of the cape.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

9.  Line up bottom of straps with the bottom corner of the angled sides, running the straps parallel with the angled edges.  Sew at 1/4 seam allowance. 

All Finished!  



So Much FUN!  

 My Little Super Hero!
 Strikes a heroic pose and no choking worries! 


Alicia said...

Great idea! Love how clear and easy to understand the tutorial is too. Great job!

Megan Hampton Photography said...

Too cute! You got some nice pics too : )

Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT idea for a cape! My boys are 10 and 8 and still sometimes play with the ones I made them . . . with the tie that always comes undone!

pwnmom said...

I love this idea! Too bad it wasn't around (or I wasn't smart enough) to figure it out when my boys were little. Maybe I can make my 4 yo daughter a princess cape this way....

Tersa said...

I love that it doesn't have a neck strap. I'm always worried that they'll get strangled on those! Cute!

Vicki said...

What a great idea! I might have to make one for my girl. I've made capes with velcro neck straps, I feel those are much safer than tied-on capes!

Megan said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have so many cape tutorials bookmarked, but have yet to make one for my 2 1/2 year old for the same reason as you. This is an adorable solution, and I can't wait to make one!

Deanna said...

That is genius! What a clever solution to a problem. And, the child can put it on and off without help. Great idea!

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