Wednesday, 11 September 2013

DIY Super Hero Outfit (using a vintage pillowcase)

DIY Super hero outfit

This was one of those spur of the moment project type sewing projects. Isabelle is always grabbing Pipi’s muslin wraps/ baby blankets and asking me to tie them round her neck as her “Super Isabelle” cape and then she runs off round on her super hero adventures. (Case in point here.) The result of this is that I end up washing the baby blankets twice as much as normal.
Anyway on Monday she grabbed a blanket right out of the clean washing basket and asked if I could tie on her cape. Instead I said would you like me to make one? When she and Pipi both went down for their nap I searched my stash for some fabric to use, and then this vintage pillow case just leapt out at me. Using this meant saving on sewing time – and I’m all about ways to save time (at least where the finish isn’t compromised.)

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I made the mask using 2 layers of felt glued together with elastic sandwiched in between. I cut the flap of fabric from the pillowcase (you know the bit that folds over your pillow) and attached a bit of it with vliesofix to the mask. I then topstitched around the whole thing.
The cape was the easiest bit. I sewed up the open end of the pillow case (close to the edge) and the then sewed a line parallel to this one about 3cm down. I unpicked the seams in between these two lines on each side (see top right image, above) and threaded thin elastic through. I then the two raw edges of the elastic together… And BAM you have a cape! Easy as!

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The Pip-squeak woke up just as I was finishing and was happy to model the outfit for me.

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Super Isabelle woke up shortly after (note the bed hair and rosy cheeks in the pics above). She was excited about the outfit, but a little more interested in her afternoon tea!
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14 comments:

nz green buttons said...

what a super cute hero you've got there!

Max said...

this has to be my favourite vintage sheet use project ever! totally going to have a bash...

A little bit Country said...

I love this Jen. My boys would be so happy to have one of these. I think I could do this.......

Leonie said...

This is so cute! Adorable on them both! Thanks for sharing it Jenny!

Fay said...

Great idea to use a pillowcase and what a cute super hero you have.

Jess said...

This idea is beyond wonderful, in fact it's SUPER!

jennie said...

What a great idea!
So gorgeous!!

homelealass.com said...

Great idea!

Roslyn said...

I just ADORE this Jen! Such a great idea. Issie makes a gorgeous super hero! x

sweetpea family said...

Adorable project x

Christina Lowry said...

Awww! Too cute! My little ones love dressing up too. Thanks so much for joining in this week. :)

Modern Day Mummying said...

Love this! I'm making one for my Super Heroine too :)

lamina@do a bit said...

That is Super Cute!! :)

Deb said...

Fantastic fabric for a superhero cape!