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Free Superhero Toy Cape – First Official Swoodson Says Pattern

 Swoodson Says Pattern Shop debut! I am excited to share that I have been working on several toy PDF patterns. I have really enjoyed the response to some of the toy tutorials I’ve shared and wanted to expand! I will be sharing my first “for sale” pattern in mid-November but I thought I’d introduce the shop and share a simple, scrap-busting toy accessory for free, in the meantime.

This cape measures 10″ long and will work for a variety of sized dolls or stuffed animals, from roughly 8″-14″tall.  The pattern includes a full tutorial with real pictures, digitized pattern pieces, & the full alphabet in normal & reversed letters for use in Wonder Under applique (which the tutorial covers) or stenciling.

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I originally started the pattern when I wanted to make a matching one for the Peanut Baby pattern, detailed in this post!

Front & back, with a simple bias binding & velcro closure.

I asked my friend Amy from Friends Stitched Together to test it out, how cute is her little boy with his Scout dog!!

This is the perfect way to use up scraps! The moustache fabric is originally from my Golf Score Card Holder tutorial.

It’s tricky to take pictures when your kid wants to take it and make it “fly” (poor bear)!

What do you think? I’m really excited about not only this pattern, but this new venture. Please let me know if you make any toy capes, and sign up for my newsletter and be the first to know about the next pattern!

groovy girl superhero cape

Ready to make your own? If you’d prefer, you can also download this tutorial & the pattern piece in a single PDF in my shop. I also have it uploaded to Craftsy* if you prefer to have it saved in your download library there.

Supplies:

  • 1/4 yard quilting cotton for the main body
  • Palm sized scraps for the shield & letter
  • 1/4 yard paper-backed fusible interfacing like Wonder-Under
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • 1/2 inch set of Velcro
  • 1 package of single-fold bias tape
  • 1 print-out of the desired letter (Alphabet File Download)
  • Cape Pattern Pieces

Steps:

step 1

1. Use a light-box or window to tape & trace the shield and your selected alphabet letter. You will be drawing on the smooth side of the Wonder Under, with the rough side facing the window.  Be sure to use the backwards letter if you are using Wonder Under for the appliqué (I included forwards as well  in case you are doing a freezer paper stencil or other form of appliqué)

step 2

2. Roughly cut around each tracing, leaving space around the edges. Tape & cut your cape pattern piece.

step 3

3. Cut out your cape from the main body piece, aligning the grainline arrow parallel to the selvage (factory-made edge). Woven fabric has different threads going straight up and straight down; if you cut on an angle, also known as on the bias, the shape will be distorted and hard to sew.

step 4

4. Iron your shield & letter on to the wrong side of your accent fabrics with the smooth side up. Trim carefully around your tracing and peel off the paper backing. Position the shield in the middle of the cape and iron, then position and iron on the letter; all with the adhesive side down.

step 5

5. Stitch around the edges of both the letter and the shield with a short stitch length. This ensures the appliqués will stay put even if washed. You can also use a tight zig-zag stitch.

step 6

6. Open up your bias tape and find the slightly skinnier edge, laying that side down along the cape’s raw edges. Pin or clip around the entire cape.

step 7

7. Leave an inch flap loose at your starting edge and sew in the fold, going around all edges.

step 8

8. When you come back around to your starting point, fold that 1/4 inch flap   underneath and layer the unfolded piece on the top, aligning all edges. Sew over both edges until you’ve reached your starting point.

step 9

9. Flip to the wrong side and trim down the main fabric a little bit outside the stitching, all the way around, leaving the orange bias tape intact. This will make it less bulky to flip, iron, and sew.

step 10

10. Fold the bias tape over on to the wrong side of the fabric, folding in on the creases so no raw edge shows.

step 11

11. Iron the binding down flat and pin or clip. Sew right along the edge, check every few inches to be sure you’re catching the tape underneath.

step 12

12. Stitch your Velcro pair on, making sure to place one piece on top and one piece on bottom at the cape edges. You’re done!

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  1. Hi, Stephanie! Thanks for this cute tutorial – I made 2 of the capes last night (I did 2 layers of fabric stitched RST instead of binding, which I don’t do well :D) 🙂 I delivered one of them today to a niece to check the size on one of her son’s stuffies – if I get the go-ahead I’m making more for his little brother and sister … and for the other kids on my gifting list 🙂

    BTW – I’m the one that posted a comment on Threading My Way this morning about your hammerhead shark tutorial – LOVE IT and can’t wait to try it. I just finished 3 sets of shark gift sets for 3 g-nephews – had I seen your pillow earlier it would have been included in the gift sets! Now I’m planning on making a couple to keep at my house for when the kids come by to visit 😀 Thanks for sharing and for your work at making these patterns for us!

  2. […] I love making something handmade each year for my niece Bella’s birthday. The choice of what to make her this year for her fourth birthday was very easy as she requested I make her a cape! More specifically she had her heart set on a pink cape, so I set about finding some suitable fabric and added some iron on sequin stars for good measure.  I even made a matching cape for one of her toys, inspired by Swoodson Says! […]

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