super hero super mum

One of the main reasons I wanted to learn to sew was to be able to make my children costumes for school plays or dress up days. Last Friday was Children in Need, and the M’s announced the week before that they each needed a super hero costume. Well, here it was, my chance to fulfil my dreams and prove, once and for all that I am indeed a Super Mum pfffff.

Time was short: we were away for the weekend so I was unable to visit my regular fabric store. Time to get creative. On Wednesday we headed to our local supermarket on the basis that I would be able to at least find a onesie if all else failed. We left with two bed sheets (one red, one blue) and a couple of t-shirts.

I found this tutorial for a cape and duly measured and cut four cape shapes and pinned them together. Because Little M is, well, little, I changed the length of hers to 30″.

However, when I tried them on the next morning it became apparent that the capes would be waaaaaaaaay too big around the shoulders (length was perfect on both M’s, well done me). As I drove to work that morning I came up with a plan.

I decided to continue the long straight edge to the top, therefore cutting off the tab bits. I then folded the capes in half lengthwise and used a dinner plate to draw around, so that when I cut it out there was a semi circle in the middle.

superhero cape

superhero cape

I then sewed the capes together right sides together, turned right way out and top stitched the bottom seam. A bit of velcro at the top et voila: a reversible superhero cape.

No self respecting superhero would have a plain t-shirt, so I decided to make a badge from felt. I found a superman alphabet and my plan was formed. Unfortunately it turned out that our printer had run out of ink, so I asked Mr TOPP to draw them out for me on squared paper.

I cut them out and machine stitched the red onto the yellow background.

super m

super m

I then blanket stitched them onto the t-shirts.

The M’s were very excited the next morning, and were up and dressed in record time.

I have to say I am really rather pleased with myself. It was great to see my children so excited by something that I had made.

ta daaaaaa

ta daaaaaa

Pretty sure I earned my super mum badge. At least for a day.

super mum

super mum