I have a nearly 4yr old. Who expects a “Superman Superhero pajama party at gymnastics” for his birthday. Gymnastics – check; pajamas – check (sorry to the other moms whose kids are invited – hopefully you already had superhero jammies…. we do have extras here if needed); Superheros – easy; Superman – NOT POPULAR!
Seriously – who knew that my kid could consistently pick difficult party themes? Winnie the Pooh (last year’s party) for a 1yr old – easy… for a 3yr old – HARD! This year – Batman & Spiderman are all the rage for the pre-school crowd. Superman not so much. So – here we go DIYing it again! I have found some cake supplies & luckily I don’t need many decorations since the party isn’t at home. I do, however, need treat bag treats.
So far I have some awesome buttons I found at Moon Marble in Bonner Springs (lovely local marble company & toy store)!
That’s cool, but I need more. So I set off to find DIY capes that wouldn’t take weeks to make or tons of cash. Thanks to google I found “jolly mom” and her cape post. I downloaded her template & went shopping. I bought red flannel (it will fray when washed – so I am torn as to whether I will zig-zag the edges or just leave them) & yellow flannel to make the capes. Cutting out the capes took literally 10 minutes for all 18 capes! SOOOO easy! I trimmed my fabric down to rectangles that were 17″xWOF & then trimmed the selvage & the fold so I had two identical pieces ~17×42″ from each (repeat 9 times). I folded them in half lengthwise – 8.5×42″ – and set the pattern at the top. Using my rotary cutter I trimmed around & voila – cape!
After that I tried cutting out the yellow Superman logo using my Silhouette Cameo. Turns out that flannel (with a stabilizer) doesn’t cut well on a Cameo. After a quick regroup I realized that Silhouette makes Flocked Heat Transfer….. genius! A quick trip to the scrapbook store & I had my logos all cut out. Ironing them on took significantly longer, but the finished product is beautiful & that logo isn’t coming off!
I used velcro peel & stick squares for the collars. Andy wants his NOW (he saw them because I needed a model to test the fit on)… so I am pretty sure they will be a big hit!