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Hey everyone!  I hope you had a FANTASTIC holiday season!  Mine was FABULOUS!!! My hubby surprised me on Christmas morning with a plane ticket to go see my best friend who is pregnant with her 3rd little one.  I am DYING I am SO EXCITED!  I haven’t seen her in over a year and a half and I honestly don’t know how I’ve lived so long without her.  Everyone deserves a friend like the one I got and a husband who understands too! 🙂  Anyway, enough of that little love fest…

So its New Years 2011 this weekend!  Can you believe it!?  This year has been ridiculously speedy-quick it seems.  Although looking back on the 9 months I was pregnant last year, I probably have to take that back.  Anyway, I’m a list maker and I actually sort of look forward to making New Years Resolutions.  I do not however necessarily look forward to keeping them all the time!  But, I thought for this year I would display my resolutions in an attempt to remind me of them daily and keep me motivated.  I could just write my resolutions on a post-it and stick it to my mirror, or I thought I could make them pretty and fun by doing a little “letterpresswall art to hang up somewhere where it will grab my attention everyday.  So here it goes, another Picnik tutorial, quick and easy and FREE FREE FREE!  Enjoy!  P.S.  These are seriously my resolutions…no mocking please. 🙂

1.  The first thing to do is open Picnik and sign in.  Then you’re going to need a blank “photo” to use.  The easiest way to get this I’ve found is to (as un-fancy as it may be) go to google images and google “solid white”.  You will get a bunch of plain old white “photos” (jpeg images) to choose from.  Pick one, save it to your computer, and then upload it to Picnik.  I have a feeling we’ll be using this solid white image a lot so save it in an obvious place under an obvious name so that it is easy to find next time you need it.  Or, once you upload it, Picnik saves it for you under your HISTORY as well.   Once you upload it and it is open in your screen, if you’d like to resize it you can.  I am planning on just printing mine out on my home printer so I resized mine to 850×1100 (for it to fit nicely on an 8.5″x11″ piece of computer paper).

2.  Next go to the “CREATE” tab and click on “text”.  One of the MANY things I LOVE about Picnik is that they have a large variety of different font options that are hard to find with other programs.  Play with the font options until you find a font you like.  This is really where you can go crazy with your style and creativity to find just what kind of feel you’re looking for.  I actually made my SeeCateCreate logo and banner using Picnik and some of these techniques.  I am planning on doing a tutorial on how to do that kind of stuff soon.  Anyway, its probably a good thing to sit down and scribble out your resolutions before hand if you’d like so that putting it all together won’t be too overwhelming and time consuming for you.  Once you know what they are, type “twenty-eleven” in the text box and pick a font and color.  I am putting this in my black and white bedroom so I chose black for now.  I also rotated the text to run down the right side of my photo.   Heres what I mean:

3.  The letterpress you see around these days has a sort of simple modern feel to it so you want to keep that in mind while doing this project.  Or not, its up to you.  You can make this as filled, fun, and flirty feeling as you’d like.  I’m just showing you the techniques, run with them!  Step 3 is to start laying down your resolutions.  You can pick a new font, color, size, or just bold or italicize the font you have already chosen.

4.  You can see from above that I just kind of got the words on there.  Now I’m going to start really rearranging my resolutions and playing with the colors, fonts, text sizes and such until I get something that looks aesthetically pleasing as well as flows nicely when read.  As you can see I kept my phrases short and to the point.  I think it fits this kind of project if you are going for that more modern feel.

5.  Thats pretty much it!  Oh, just so you know, I added the heart in “love” using the “stickers” tab and the “hand-drawn hearts” (“hand-drawn hearts” is a premium feature but they have other stickers you can use for free if you don’t get the premium membership) button.  Now I’m just going to save and print my new Resolution Letterpress Wall ART!  Yay!

I think this will look fantastic in a black frame on my bedroom wall.  My bedroom is black, white, and celadon green.  I’ll post pics when its up!  If you need more inspiration for this kind of wall art visit Etsy and type “letterpress” in the search.  There are tons of fun things artists are doing out there with letterpress.   If you like my tutorials, please subscribe to my blog and tell your friends and family!  Also, I’d LOVE to see your projects so email me your finished craft photo pics and I’ll post them on my blog! You can email me at seecatecreate@hotmail.com.  Happy New Year!

Heres another letterpress type piece I did using the same techniques on Picnik:

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I have been getting a lot of questions about my pin up photos so I thought I’d do a few tutorials on those that I hope will answer some questions and get you feeling confident to go do your own.  For this tutorial I am going to walk you through how to take an unedited pin up photo and turn it into a vintage style pin up poster using a photo editing site called Picnik.  If you’d like more tutorials on how to take and edit pin up photos, check out my past posts under “photography and editing“.  My most recent pin up photos in my “More Pin Up Inspiration” post were actually edited with my new PS Elements 8 software (thanks Courtney and Jared!), but I will show you how to edit to pretty close the same quality without buying photoshop or other editing software.  How great is that!  If  you like editing photos and creating awesome effects on your images I suggest you upgrade your Picnik account to “premium” and tons of fabulous extra features will be opened up for you.  It is a good deal for all that it has to offer.  I especially love the simplicity of Picnik.  Even though I have photoshop now, I still use Picnik a lot because it is quick and easy.  To do this tutorial you will need to upgrade to a premium Picnik account to have access to the “layering” feature.

Here we go.

1.  Assuming you’ve already read my past pin up posts and taken some fabulous shots for yourself, open your saved photo in Picnik.  Mine looks like this:

2.  In your first screen (should be under the “Edit” tab) play with the “colors” button if you need to.  I shot this under a kitchen light that made it a little warm so I am going to play with the saturation and temperature to try to get it a little cooler.  Also, play with the “exposure” to blow out the white background a bit without loosing the detail in the subject.  The “advanced” tab in “exposure” is great for fine tuning a bit.

3.  There.  Thats a bit better.  Next go to the “Create” tab (you can first go to the “Touch Ups” tab if you want to whiten teeth and remove blemishes), and click on “Effects” to pull up the effects toolbar.  Then you can play around a bit in there but I’m just going to go down to one of my favorites, “Ortonish” and open that up.

4.  “Ortonish” adds sort of a dreamy/brightening effect.  I don’t want it looking dreamy necessarily though so I’m going to play with this and slide the bloom down to 0% and the brightness to about 30%.  Find what works for your photo.

5.  Now its time to add your poster layer to the photo.  First, you’ll need to find an old crumply paper texture to apply to your photo from either the web (there are tons of free ones out there, just google it), or you could just crumpled up and distress a piece of paper yourself and take a clear picture of it.  If you upgrade to the “premium” setting on Picnik they also have textures on the toolbar you can apply.  So run along now and find a texture layer you’d like to use…

6.  Got it?  Okay then, save it to your computer and then go to the little green tab at the bottom left hand side of your Picnik screen called “Photo Basket”.  Click on it and then click on “Upload Photos” and upload your new texture photo.  It will then appear in your little archives band at the bottom of the screen.

7.  Click on your new texture photo and drag it on top of your photo.  Resize it to cover the entire photo.

8.  Then, using the “photo properties” box that should be popped up under “advanced blend modes” find “multiply”.

9.  If you’d like you can find “Film Grain” on the effects toolbar and add some grain to vintage-i-fy your poster even more.  I added light filmgrain at 40%.  You can also find “Vignette” on the effects toolbar and add that if you’d like.  I set the vignette size to 29 and the strength to 0%.

10.  If you’d like to give it a “color washed” look you can find “Tint” on the effects toolbar and play with that a bit.  I used a pink tint color set to “screen” under advanced modes and then faded it to 60%.

11. Then you can even wash it out further by going back to the top to the “Edit” tab and playing again with the exposure and contrast.  I increased the exposure to 4 and decreased the contrast to -8.

And thats it!  Pretty cool huh!  You will become addicted to this kind of editing and soon you’ll find yourself hunting for textures everywhere!  Hope it was helpful!  Now go have some fun!

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Here are a few more pin up style pics I took of some friends while I was visiting Idaho in September.  To see a tutorial on how to take your own pin up pics go here.   To see more of my photography (pin up and other) go here.

Pin Up Picture

Vintage Pin Up Photo

Vintage umbrella pin up photo

Vintage Umbrella Pin Up Photo

Vintage Style pin up photo

Vintage Style Pin Up Photo

Umbrella pin up style photo

Pin Up Style Photo

Vintage Style Pin Up

Vintage Style Pin UP

Vintage Poster Style Pin Up

We Can Do It Pin Up Vintage Poster

I am planning on doing a tutorial on using layers to get this kind of vintage poster look in Picnik.

Vintage Pin Up Signed

Vintage Style Signed Pin Up

This is actually my GORGEOUS big sister.  We did a whole book for her hubby’s Christmas present.

The ones below are actually of me when I was preggers with Sawyer.  I wanted some maternity photos this time around since last time I had the baby before I got big enough to take any.  My hubby took them with my direction.  He did a pretty good job too!

Maternity Vintage Pin Up Style Photo

Maternity Vintage Pin Up Photo

Maternity vintage pin up style photo

Maternity Vintage Pin Up Photo

Maternity Vintage Pin Up Style

Maternity Vintage Pin Up Style Photo

Now go read some of my pin up tutorials and do your own! 🙂

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shadow puppets
monsters vs aliens shadow puppets

I’m a sucker for stuff like this.  I love puppets and dress-up and playing pretend.  I think I make stuff like this in order to live vicariously through my kids. 🙂  This is a super cheap and easy project that the kids (and you if you’re like me) will LOVE and play with over and over again.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: $4 or less for all 6 puppets

Supplies:

  • Foamies large foam sheet (the thick sheet) in black.  You can get this at the craft store.
  • Small wooden dowels.  These are sometimes at the Dollar Store or you can find them at the craft store.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • A pencil.
  • My monster and aliens templates.
  • A couple of hole punches in different sizes.  I used a regular single hole punch and an eyelet hole punch.
  • Hot glue gun and glue.
  • Black felt if you’d like.

1.  Draw up and cut out your own monster and alien templates, or use mine (because my mama taught me that sharing makes friends).

Monster and Alien Puppet Template 1

Monster and Alien Puppet Template 1

Monster and Alien Template 2

Monster and Alien Template 2

2.  Trace the monster and alien templates onto you foamies sheet with a pencil.

3. Cut out your monster/alien.  Add details (multiple eyes, tentacle suckers, lights, etc.) with your hole punch(es).  Get creative and have fun!  You can’t mess it up!

4.  Glue the dowel to the back of the shadow puppet with hot glue.  To give the puppet some added stability I recommend gluing the dowel about half way up the puppet (if it doesn’t interfere with some eye balls or details).  You can also glue a small piece of black felt to cover the dowel and reinforce that the dowel is securely attached to the puppet.

All done!  Now set up a white sheet and a flashlight and put on a show! 🙂

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rolled fabric flower ring
Rolled Fabric Flower Ring

These are super easy and quick to make and look so cute and dainty on your finger!  We made some at my holiday craft party and so I thought I’d share the tutorial.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: $2

Supplies:

  • Scrap fabric cut into strips.
  • Jewelry wire.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Glue gun and glue.
  • Felt.
  • Embellishments like beads, buttons, etc.

1. Since I already showed you how to make a rolled fabric flower I won’t go into that but you can see that tutorial here.  We’ll just skip to the part where you make it into a ring for your pretty little finger.

2.  Wrap the jewelry wire around your chosen finger 3 to 5 times somewhat loosely (you need to get it off).  Wrap the ends around the wire ring to secure it.

3. Cut a small piece of felt (by the way, for this ring I used felt, not foamies, as the flower base) about the length of the flower and glue it to the inside of the wire ring with hot glue. *TIP* Glue it where you wrapped the end of the wire on the ring to cover that area and make the ring comfortable to wear.

4.  Hot glue the flower to the ring.

5. Add an embellishment to the center of the flower with hot glue if you’d like.

Yay! Now go show it off!

(This is another one I made in red).  🙂

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Mustache Mug
Mustache Mugs

Alright, my husband thinks I’m a huge nerd because I’ve become obsessed with making these mustache mugs, or as i like to call them, mug-staches.  He just doesn’t get it.  But I know you do, right?  I’m a frequent Etsy visitor (and occasional seller) and lately I’ve been seeing tons of mustache merchandise and I LOVE it.  So kitsch, so fun, so whimsical.  At my little handmade holiday party last weekend, I thought we could try our hand at making some of these to give away as Christmas gifts. I made like 8.  And I want to keep them all.  Yes, I love them that much.  And yes, I am a nerd.  Anyway, heres the breakdown.

Cost: About $3 per mug.

Supplies:

  • An oven-safe  mug.  I bought a bunch at the Dollar Store. *TIP* The unpolished rough porcelain mugs will hold up longer without the paint chipping over time.
  • A sharpie marker.
  • Black glass paint.  Or another fun color of your choice…hmmm…I’m going to try that.
  • An oven.
  • Something warm and yummy to drink when you’re done.

Lets do this!

1.  Wash your mug throughly so that the paint will adhere well.

2.  Because I’m nice and I just couldn’t help myself, I drew up a bunch of different mustache designs you can use as templates for your mugs.  Just print them off and cut them out and them trace them on to the top of your mug with your sharpie.

Mug-Stache Templates
Mug-Stache Templates

3. Next, with a small paintbrush and your glass paint (I used Folk Art Enamels) fill in the mustache and outline.  This might take a couple of coats to make it completely opaque.

4.  Bake it in the oven according to the glass paint instructions.

Yay!!! All done!  I think I’ll fill these with gourmet hot-chocolate and hand them out to my friends at our Christmas party tomorrow!  Enjoy your new Mug-Stache!

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Funny Face Plate

My little boy Peyton is a ridiculously picky eater.  I don’t know if it is a result of his prematurity or his strong-will.  Either way, I’m desperately trying ways to get him to eat new foods.  Presently his diet consists of yogurt, cereal, and crackers and he refuses to eat anything green…except for avocados (which I think is weird).  Anyway, I saw these plates online when I was researching picky-eater tips and I loved the idea:

But of course thought I could customize it and make my own.  This is probably the easiest yet most beneficial project I’ve done so far!  Peyton LOVES his plate and is a lot more willing to try green been hair or an apple slice bow-tie.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: About $4.  I got the paint at the craft store and the plate at the Dollar Store.

Supplies:

  • An oven-safe plate.
  • Black glass paint or paint pen.  I wish my craft store had a glass paint pen as it would’ve been easier but I ended up using a small paint brush and Folk Art Enamels paint instead and it worked fine.
  • A sharpie marker.
  • A face template if you’re not confident in your own artistic abilities.  You will need some tracing paper or tissue paper to trace the template onto the plate.
  • An oven.

OK then, lets do this!

1. Clean your plate so that the paint can adhere to the clean surface. *TIP* An unpolished rougher style plate works best with this kind of paint.  Especially after multiple uses and washings.

2. Draw your face onto your plate with a sharpie marker.  I just winged it but I drew up a non-gender specific face template for you if you’d like to use it.  Just add eyebrows for a boy or lashes/lips for a girl.

face plate template

3.  Use a glass paint pen or a thin paintbrush and black glass paint and trace over your sharpie lines.

4.  Bake your plate according to glass paint instructions.

Thats it!  Easy as pie…or spaghetti…or fruit salad…I’m a dork.

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anthro inspired necklace

Theres a myriad of websites and blogs that I check up on periodically for inspiration.  A while ago I saw this necklace

for around $35 from Anthropologie and thought to myself as I often do, “I can make that”.  Then last weekend I had a holiday craft party with some fabulous ladies and finally got around to making my version of the necklace.  The thing I love about this necklace is that it takes little jewelry making knowledge and is super quick to make.

Heres the breakdown:

Cost: This can really vary depending on what kinds of beads you’re using.  For this tutorial I used wooden beads that I got off of a gift bag handle.  Check the Dollar Store for beads in the craft section or for jewelry you can disassemble.  You can also keep your eye open for 50% off sales at your local craft store or check May’s Beads online (they’re shop is in Houston and I LOVE it) for incredible prices on gemstones and crystals.  For the chiffon (or other light weight fabric) check the remnant bins at fabric stores.  They are usually discounted up to 80% per yard.   Or chop up an old skirt or shirt you don’t wear anymore.  All-in-all I think my project cost me about $3 since all I had to buy were the clasps and jump rings to finish off the ends.

Supplies:

  • Chiffon or other light weight fabric.  You’ll need 2 3/4″x15″ strips.
  • Beads.  Round or oval beads work great.  The larger the beads, the less clusters you’ll have on your necklace.  These beads can all be the same, or can be three coordinating different beads per cluster.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • 2 crimp ends.
  • 2 jump rings.
  • 1 toggle clasp.
  • 2 wire beading needles.
  • Flat nose pliers.

Lets make something pretty.

1. The first thing to do is cut your chiffon strips.  You need 2 strips about 3/4″ wide by 15″ long (or longer/shorter to your taste).

2. Thread your chiffon strips through your beading needles.

3.  Thread 2 beads onto your first strip and slide them toward the end leaving about 5-6″ of chiffon.

4.  Thread one bead onto the second chiffon strip and slide it toward the bottom to about the same place.

5. Knot the two strips together at both ends of the bead cluster.

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you have about 5-6″ of chiffon remaining at the threaded end of the necklace.  For me this gave me 5 clusters but it will depend on how large your beads are and how tightly you group them.

7.  To finish the necklace and add the clasps simple attach your crimp bead ends to the chiffon by twisting the ends of the fabric and holding them in the middle of the crimp bead with one hand while you squish the sides of the crimp bead with the pliers in the other.

8.  Attach your jump rings and your toggle clasp ends and twist your jump rings shut.  *Tip* TWIST the jump rings, don’t squeeze them shut or they won’t come together properly.

9. Trim any excess chiffon and scraggly chiffon hairs if you’d like.  *Tip* Use Fray Check  on the edges of your strips if you don’t want your chiffon to fray.  I personally like the frayed look.  And there you go!  BEAUTISSIMO!

These were so easy to make that I ended up getting out my stash of scrap fabric and beads and made tons more.  You’ll want to do the same since I’m certain that as soon as your friends and family see you with it on that they’ll want one too! Enjoy!

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DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Rolled Fabric Flower Wreath

 

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on “seasonal” decor because 1. I don’t have a “seasonal decor” budget, and 2. It is only displayed for a short period of time.  I try to find ways to create things that can be used seasonally but aren’t too “holiday specific” in case I want to pull them out at other times of the year.  I made these two wreaths ( I actually made 3 of the white flowered wreath to hang in my living room) with things I had on hand or bought at the Dollar Store.  They are simple and chic and are almost un-christmassy enough to use almost year round if you’d like.  Plus, the techniques you’ll learn in making these fabric flower wreaths can be transferred to countless other crafts.

So heres the breakdown:

Cost: I made these for about $1 each since I had a lot on hand, but even if you don’t have everything on hand you can find most of the supplies at the Dollar Store so I’d guess that it would come in around $4 per wreath.

Supplies:

  • Plain wooden wreath(s).  The Dollar Store had these wicker wreaths in various sizes.
  • Scrap fabric in colors of your choice.
  • Feathers in colors of your choice.  I used an old feather boa I had but you can find feathers at Walmart or sometimes the Dollar Store in the craft section.
  • Decorative accents like plastic rhinestones, buttons, beads, pear sticks, etc. to use as the center of your flowers.  I used plastic rhinestones I had for the white wreath and little pearl wire sticks I had for the red wreath.  I found the pearl sticks in the wedding decor section of the Dollar Store…yes…they actually have an aisle for wedding decorating stuff at the Dollar Store.
  • Foamies sheets.  I used thin white foam sheets to adhere the flowers to the wreath.
  • Large ribbon.
  • Scizzors.
  • Glue gun and glue.

Alright here we go!  We’ll do the red wreath first.

1.  The first thing to do is cut out all your pieces from your scrap fabric.  I wanted sort of a Christmassy wreath so I used leftover red and green fabric.  I used the red for the flowers and the green for the leaves.  I know…I probably didn’t have to explain that.  Anyway, you want to cut out a bunch of circles for your flowers and leaf shapes for your leaves.  I cut my leaves into a sort of holly leaf shape.  Cut smaller circles and larger circles to give your flowers some added dimension.

2.  Stack 3 circles on top of each other with the smallest one on top.  Put a dot of hot glue in the middle of each circle as you stack them to get the petals to stick together.  If you’d rather sew this then go for it.  I try to sew as little as possible just to save time.

3. Grab your little pearly wire sticks (I used 3 per flower) and fold them and twist them together.  Put a decent sized dab of hot glue in the middle of your flower and squeeze and hold the pearly sticks in the middle of the glue dab until it dries.  This will give your flowers that ruffly look and makes for a pretty center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make as many of these as you’d like.  I made about 7.

5. Next make your leaves by stacking 3 leaf cutouts on top of each other and then gluing down the center and pinching the middle to give them some dimension.

6. Now you can start assembling your wreath.  I did this by alternating flowers, leaves, and feathers and hot gluing them directly to the wreath. Have fun with the design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The closer you put the flowers, the more ruffly and full your wreath will look.  This would also be amazing to do all the way around if you wanted to use a foam wreath instead (also at the Dollar Store).

BEAUTIFUL!

Now for the white flowered wreath.

1.  This is an awesome fabric rolling technique that can be used for tons of chic craft projects like hair accessories, bib necklaces, rings, lamp shades, you name it.  These fabric roses look great on just about anything.  First thing to do is cut out strips of scrap fabric.  I cut mine about 2 inches wide and a foot and a half or so long.  Smaller roses obviously would need less fabric in thinner, shorter strips.

2.  You will also need to cut out circles from your foamies sheet to use as the base of your flowers.

3.  Make your rolled fabric roses by putting a dot of hot glue in the middle of your foam circle and attaching the end of one strip of fabric.  Then you simply go around the foam circle dotting glue and twisting your fabric and adhering it into place around and around until you have a rolled fabric rosette in your desired size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. To finish off your flower simply tuck the extra end under and glue down to the under side of the flower.  If you’d like you can also clue a center accent like a rhinestone, bead, or button.

My sweet little guy was helping me out.  (I just had to snap a pic)

5. Time to get your flowers on your wreath.  First, I glued and wrapped white ribbon around my wreath and glued the feathers in place.  Then I began laying the flowers on.  The wreath wasn’t solid enough to just glue the flowers right onto it so I cut out strips of foam and used them to anchor each flower on to the wreath.   To do this simply glue your flower on as best as you can to the front of the wreath, then glue your foam strip from the back to the front around the wreath attaching it to the flower.  This will make it so your flowers will stay secure and flat to the wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it!  Two easy wreaths for the holidays or anytime!  Happy Handmade Holidays!

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FINALLY!! I am posting again!  Did you miss me? 🙂 I have been up to my elbows lately in “mom stuff” and can’t seem to get control of the relentless string of laundry, housework, grocery shopping, bill paying, baby soothing, and diaper changing. But, what can I say.  Thats what moms do I s’pose.   Anyway, I have several posts coming but first I am going to show you how to make a super easy, inexpensive, quick, no-sew superhero cape and mask for your little ones.  Or yourself…we won’t judge.  My 3 and a half year old was asking me to make a cape for him today, and not wanting to go to the store or drag out my sewing machine, I came up with this little number using stuff I already had.  So heres the breakdown:

Cost:  $0 (for me although you most likely will need to go pick up a couple sheets of Presto-Felt for about $1 each)

Supplies:

  • An old mens t-shirt that your hubby/boyfriend/dad/brother/etc.  doesn’t like anymore.  One without any graphics on the back is best although I suppose if you needed to you could just turn it inside out and it would be fine.
  • Regular felt.  I used 3 colors but you can decided.
  • Presto-Felt.  I used 3 colors of this as well.  (Presto-Felt comes in a sheet with a sticky back)
  • Elastic.  You can also use a piece of old pantyhose.
  • Scizzors.  I also used pinking shears.
  • Felt glue. Or hot glue would work.
  • A cute little person to put it on.

Thats about it.  Lets get started then.

1.  First thing is gather and lay out your supplies.

2. Next you want to start making the cape out of the old t-shirt and the presto felt.  To do this, lay your t-shirt out flat (I used the back of the shirt since the front had a design on it) and cut off the sleeves and the FRONT of the collar only.  This is important if you are going to be using the intact t-shirt collar to hold the cape on.  Basically, you just want to cut off the front of the shirt leaving the collar.  I cut my cape in sort of an inverted “V” shape, cutting into the front of the t-shirt a little bit so you might want to hold on to cut down the sides.

3. Next, cut down the shoulder seam.

4.  Now you should be able to open up the top half of the shirt like this.

5.  This is where you create the shape of your cape.  This works best on a t-shirt that has seamless sides.  Cut down the sides of the shirt at an angle if you want the cape to fan out (so cut from the back armpit toward the bottom center of the front of the shirt).  You can get creative and make this your own.  This is what I did.

And then I chopped off the shoulders…

6.  And voila! Theres your cape!  Now we decorate it with our super cool superhero logo.  You can get creative here and make any design you want but I decided on a lightning bolt/sheild design and sketched the design on the paper side of the Presto Felt and cut it out with sharp scizzors.  *Tip* When drawing your big letter onto the felt you need to draw it backwards because!  I didn’t think this through and ended up with a backwards “P”. DUh.

7. Once you got all your logo pieces cut out of the Presto Felt you can just take off the paper backing and press your design layer by layer into place on your cape.  And thats your no-sew hero cape!   But my hero wanted a secret identity so I made him a mask…

1. To make the mask out of regular felt and leftover Presto Felt from the cape you first need to use your hero to find the eye holes.

2. Mark the eye holes on your felt and cut out your mask design.

3. Next you can decorate your mask to match your cape using the leftover Presto Felt.  I used pinking sheers to cut out my eye hole felt and then added a lightning bolt to the center down the nose and regular felt for some “flames” off the sides of the mask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. To finish it off,  use the elastic strip to measure around from ear to ear of your hero’s head and hot glue into place on the underside of the mask.  *Tip* Put a dab of hot glue down on the mask and then the elastic and then a small square of matching felt to secure the elastic and hide the glue.  If you don’t have elastic you can also use a loop cut from old pantyhose or a stretchy headband to hold the mask in place.

Thats it!  Easy and quick!  Now just dress your hero and let them go save the world! 🙂  P.S.  My little superhero doesn’t like to wear pants.  Sorry if this offends you.  🙂

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