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FINALLY!! I am posting again! ¬†Did you miss me? ūüôā 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)


  • 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! ūüôā ¬†P.S. ¬†My little superhero doesn’t like to wear pants. ¬†Sorry if this offends you. ¬†ūüôā

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Happy Easter everyone! ¬†I meant to post this yesterday but I just didn’t have the time. ¬†I made this for my son for Easter this year and I thought I’d teach you a’ll how to make it for yourself or your little ones. ¬†I don’t have much time to write this post so I’m just going to jump right into it! ¬†Have fun!

Cost: Around $8-$12 depending on what you have on hand.


  • A blank T-shirt in a bright color. ¬†I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3 but I also find that the Garanimals brand at Walmart goes on sale alot and has good quality blank shirts for appliqueing.
  • Felt: ¬†White, pink, and brown. ¬†I buy my felt sheets for $0.37 at Hobby Lobby.
  • Two buttons in odd sizes.
  • Fabric paint or ink. ¬†I used a “TeeJuice” pen in brown for my letters. ¬†You can find them at the craft store for around $3.50.
  • Foam letter stamps. ¬†(If you did the Alphabet Pillow tutorial then you now own a set or know where you can borrow some.)
  • A sewing machine and contrasting thread.
  • Transfer webbing. ¬†You’ll only need a little bit for this project but I always have some on hand to do my appliques. ¬†You can buy it in yardage for about $2 per yard at the fabric/craft stores. ¬†I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL the time so if you’re going to follow these tutorials, you’ll see me using it a lot I’m sure. ¬†Basically all it is is a fusible backing that you iron on to your appliques which allows you to iron your appliques on to your t-shirt (or other item) before you stitch. ¬†It makes the applique stable so that it is easy to stitch on with your machine and it makes the overall image more durable for future washing. ¬†Great stuff. ¬†I couldn’t craft without it.
  • Sharp scizzors.
  • A hot iron, no steam.
  • An ironing board.

Ok, thats your list of supplies. ¬†Gather it up and meet me back here for your instructions…

Ready?  Lets make this thing.

  1. Wash and dry your t-shirt to avoid shrinking after the applique is on.
  2. Lay your shirt out flat and create your design by laying a piece of paper onto the shirt where you’d like the applique to go and then drawing your design onto the paper based on how big you’d like it to be on the shirt. ¬†I like to freehand draw my designs since I like them to look kind of unkempt and messy (like kids art) but if you have no confidence in your artisitc abilities you could google a bunny head image and print it off and use it as your design. ¬†Heres what I did on mine:
  3. The design is just a rough sketch of what you’re trying to accomplish. ¬†You basically just need the design to ensure that the applique isn’t too big or too small for your t-shirt. ¬†After you have it drawn out, cut out the main pieces; like the head and the ears.
  4. Now, lay your main pieces (head and ears) onto your white felt and cut around them (I cut mine a rectangular or square around my design pieces).
  5. Do the same with your other design elements; pink bunny ears parts, pink bunny nose, brown chocolate messy mouth part. ¬†I don’t really make “patterns” for these elements, I just eyeball it. ¬†Anyway, the main thing to understand is that you just want big enough felt squares/rectangles cut out to fit your design pieces.
  6. Once you’ve got all those felt pieces cut out. ¬†Lay them out on your transfer webbing (trans web rough side toward the felt), and cut your trans web out in the same size pieces as your felt pieces.
  7. Next, take your felt pieces with their trans web backing pieces and with a hot, dry iron, iron the trans web onto the felt pieces one by one.  (If these instructions are a little foggy to you, refer to the instructions  on your trans web).
  8. Once you have adhered all the trans web pieces to their coordinating felt pieces you can use the paper backing side of the felt pieces to draw out your design elements. ¬†Below I have drawn out my inside bunny ears, my bunny nose, and my chocolate mouth piece, as well as my extra candy bar piece (you can leave out the candy bar if you’d like). ¬†Ignore the little slivered piece. ¬†I didn’t use it in my design.
  9. Now that you have your pieces drawn out on your felt, use your sharp scizzors and cut them out into their individual design elements.
  10. On your t-shirt, lay out all your design pieces to be sure that you like them and to get an idea for what order to iron them onto your shirt.
  11. Once you have a plan of action, remove your pieces from your shirt and then carefully peel away the paper backing to expose the rubbery trans web side of your felt pieces.
  12. Lay your t-shirt flat on your ironing board and place your first piece where you’d like and then set it to your shirt with a hot iron pressing firmly (trans web side to the shirt) and moving slowly over your felt piece.
  13. Continue layering your pieces on this way until your design elements are iron securely in place. ¬†I ironed my bunny ears first since I knew they’d be somewhat tucked under the head and then continued with the rest of the elements from bottom to top.
  14. Once you have all the elements on there, get out your alphabet stamps and find the letters that spell “hopped up”.
  15. Using the same fabric stamping technique as you learned from the “Alphabet Pillow Tutorial” spell out “hopped up” on your t-shirt. ¬†TIP: ¬†Start with the middle letters first and work out so you can center the words under your design.
  16. Once you’ve got your phrase on there and the ink/paint has dried, heat set your letters with a dry iron.
  17. At this point you can simply sew on your button eyes and be done if you’d like. ¬†The trans web won’t hold up but for just a few washes, but if you just want something quick and cute for your little one to wear for one day, it would work fine. ¬†But, I really like to finish my appliques with a contrasting stitch that not only secures the design to the shirt more permanently but also gives more detail and quirkiness to the design.
  18. So grab your machine and stitch down your applique at the edges of the design, being sure to stitch over each of the design elements and add special detail where you’d like. ¬†I am NOT by any means a great seamstress so I work kinda slow and my lines are NEVER straight, but once again, I like things a little “messy” looking and I think that it adds to the feel and look of the design. ¬†So don’t be afraid if you “screw up”. ¬†It will just add to the character of the shirt.
  19. Hand sew your mismatched button eyes onto your bunny. ¬†If you’re making this for a girl, it would be super cute I think to make a ribbon hair bow and tack that onto the bunny’s head.

And there you go! ¬†Hope you like it! ¬†The perfect shirt for your little Easter bunny who maybe has had a little too much candy today! ūüôā

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