For my second February “Familes, Create!” Carnival submission, I made Kieran some superhero capes. Kieran is WAY into superheroes, thanks to his best friend who is also superhero obsessed. Kieran has only actually seen about 5 minutes of a Spiderman movie (thank you, hotel cable), but the minimal exposure does not deter him.
Now, if I was smart, I would have given him one cape now and saved one cape for Christmas. Unfortunately, he saw me making both of them, so they are currently both in his possession. The Batman cape almost didn’t get finished, Kieran was SO anxious to get “my Batman! My batman!”
Anyway. I roughly worked off of/modified the free tutorial from Puking Pastilles to make Kieran’s capes.
For the black/green cape: Kieran has a thrift store Batman shirt, we used that to design the applique. We printed (and traced) a big “K” out for the other side. The black fabric is felt, the green fabric is flannel. The blue K is felt, as are the yellow and black for the Batman design. The Batman cape is a little bit longer – finished it is about 25 1/2 inches long.
For the red/Spiderman cape: the Spiderman fabric is an old sheet that I found at a thrift store, the red fabric is flannel. That was my first attempt at the cape, so I kept it simple – no applique. The Spiderman cape is only 21 inches long finished.
February brought many heroic crafts to the Families, Create! Carnival. Check out some of the wonderful posts from last month’s participants below, and be sure to visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival.
- The Artsy Mama made a personalized birthday hat for her son’s first birthday. Learn how to make a Hero’s Birthday Hat for your hero or heroine with very few sewing skills.
- Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children found inspiration in books for some I-Spy items in her post, I Spy Items – The Last Olympians and The Lost Heroes.
- Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias found out how one random act of kindness can shower the world in kindness in the book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed.
- It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Kieran! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares the Superhero Capes she made to celebrate her son’s heroic qualities.
- At Z Everyday Things, Mama G made easy and quick Super Zs!, personalized superhero appliques on shirts, for her children. Easy and quick!
- Lauren at Hobo Mama has a son who loves to dream up stories and one heroic imaginary friend. Read her post about Space-Alien Hot-Dog Monster & Silly Guy .
- Heroes are often everyday people. Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children was inspired by the gift of a sock in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, prompting her to make Dobby’s Sock as part of her Harry Potter ornaments.
- Galit Breen at Three Little Waves used the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as a springboard for a sensitive discussion and a fun origami project for her whole family in her post Families Create: Heroes and Heroines.
- Need a creative gift idea for a toddler or preschooler? Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares a simple Tutorial for a Two-Sided Felt Playmat (one side is outer space, one side is a jungle scene).
- Literature and adventure inspired Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children to make these Treasure Bags for Imbolc.
Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our March theme is “Animals” – what animals are your favorites and why? Get creative and share with us how animals are a part of your and your children’s lives.
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