From about 2 days after Cub-H’s 3rd birthday he became obsessed with Superheros as many boys have done in the past.
Inparticular BatMan. Even to this day half way to becoming 5 he is still obsessed with Batman. Superman, Flash, Ironman, Spiderman all get fleeting spots of attention and are by no means “uncool” but batman wins hands down. Everytime.
So from the get go his 4th Birthday was to be a superhero party and he did not waiver for the next 363 days on that commitment! I don’t particularly like to go down the “licensed” character style parties so we settled on a superhero party and i was happy with that so i set off in my hunt for non character items – not as easy as grabbing a batman or a spiderman party pack but i was convinced there was something!
In pure Me style my imagination took over and suddenly i found myself in spotlight buying 8m of red cotton and yellow felt – luckily this purchase came just as spotlight sent me a 40% off voucher so 8m of red material was a bargain!
But off i went to study and make 20 superhero capes that would become the gift each child could take home after the party.
Once i had worked out my measurements and had a process these were actually really easy to zip out – i had the material folded over so i was cutting 2 each time, and by alternating them – i could cut them out one after another with no scraps in-between (a bit like if you cut out triangles)- by using the pinking shears it meant the fabric wouldn’t fray and i didn’t need to get out the overlocker. I glued the cutout yellow lightning bolts ( cut out of felt) with my hot glue gun.
To cut the necks i used a standard side plate, folded the cape in half and drew out a semi circle round the plate and then cut. Using my glue gun i glued velcro dots to the two sides and viola! a cape!
As we were going to have such a mix of kids from 1 – 6yrs old, I cut a few inches off some of the capes for the smaller kids – I didn’t want the 1yr olds tripping over!
I nearly decided against the masks altogether as they seemed more complex to make, luckily i stumbled across these awesome masks in a $2 store and bought them all! – it still made the total cost of each item about $4 which i decided was still well in budget.
I had found these awesome printables of superheros over at http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/thecurriculumcornerfamily/2012/11/22/superhero-party-printables/ ) and they were perfect ! As my capes ranged in size i needed kids to grab the right size. so i added a tag with each name to each cape. This worked even better than i thought on the day – as each family arrived the excitement built up with the anticipation from each child “is there one for me mum” “which one is mine” making it all the more personal 🙂
So that the Birthday Boy felt a little special (plus the fact that it still should be a batman party to him) i made him a double sided cape that was sewn using my machine as i decided that it needed to last long after the party. He had batman on one side and a lightning bolt like everyone else on the other side. He was spotted changing it over numerous times during the party.
They worked out better than i could even imagine and are still worn on a near daily basis around our house – plus if anything becomes a little unstuck i can just whip out the glue gun and stick it back again.