Craft for a Cause: Make Capes for Kids in Need

Add an emblem!

Decorate the back of your cape with a super-powered symbol. You can get our lightning bolt, star, and exclamation point templates below. Mix and match the templates with any of these three emblem techniques.

Iron a Design

Lightning bolt

Kim Lowe

Draw a design, or trace a template, in reverse (any letters should be backward) onto paper- backed fusible web. Cut out the shape, leaving about a 1/2-inch border. With an iron on the cotton setting, press the web shape to the back of a piece of decorative fabric. Cut out the design through both layers. Peel off the paper backing and iron the shape to the cape.

Stencil a Pattern

Star stencil

Kim Lowe

Draw a design or trace a template onto the non-shiny side of a sheet of freezer paper, leaving several inches of paper around the design. Cut out and discard the shape. On the cotton setting, iron the stencil, shiny side down, onto the fabric. Use a foam brush to apply fabric paint, brushing from the paper toward the center of the fabric to prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil edges. Peel off the paper while the paint is wet.

Sew a Shape

Exclamation point

Kim Lowe

Cut your design (either hand-drawn or from a template) from a piece of knit fabric (it won't fray). Secure the cape inside a large embroidery hoop and pin the shape to the cape. Using an embroidery needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the edge of the design.

Originally published in the December/January 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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