Simply Screen Superhero Cape

I am hard at work getting gifts made and ready for Christmas and I am so excited to share one of my newest projects with you: the perfect superhero cape for your kidlets!

It was actually “super” easy to put together and although his face doesn’t show it, he’s really excited about his new cape and has been zooming around the house all morning. Keep reading to find out how to make one of these for your own little superhero!

I was sent this Simply Screen kit from Plaid {found at Hobby Lobby} and was excited to use it for this project. {You’ll find my full review of the product at the bottom of this post.} I found this free clip art online of a rocket and knew that was going to be the perfect addition to the cape. I printed it our and traced on top of the black with a sharpie to make sure it was extra black. No need for transparencies or image flipping here!

By following the directions that came with the kit, I had this screen to use:

The lines on the screen aren’t as sharp as the original clip art, but I went with it and decided that I liked the “distressed” look of it. The directions said to apply a thin line of paint at the top of the stencil. Trust me on this one and use a thick line. Trust me.

Ta da! I love the distressed look of it. Do you see the lovely circle of messed up goodness in the corner? Because the paints are water-based, I was able to rub that right away with a wet paper towel.

After the design had dried overnight and I heat-set the image, it was time to get started on the cape. I cut the piece of fabric in a 24in. square and then cut from the bottom to the top so that the fabric is 20 in. across at the top.

Pin the top of the cape to create pleats. I honestly eye-balled mine so that it fit my son correctly.

Iron the bottom and two side edges in 1/4in. and then another 1/4in. Run a stitch around the outside edge. For the tie, you’ll need a strip or matching/coordinating fabric 36in. x 2.5in long. Iron the strip in half length-wise. Fold each side of the strip in again and iron. It’ll end up looking like this:

Pin the cape in between the fold of your newly-created tie and sew away!

When you’re all finished, you’ll have a kid who might just make this face for you:

And now to the review portion of the post…

There are some awesome aspects of this kit: the ability to screen print inexpensively, the ability to use either your own art work or purchased screens. It is a great idea and once you get the hang of it, the whole process moves much more quickly.

In being honest, I have to admit there are some downsides too: there is a pretty steep learning curve to the Simply Screen Kit, the included screens don’t stick the way they’re intended to, and there is some definite trial and error involved. It took me and several other lovely bloggers quite some time this weekend to figure out the best process. We figured out that the refill pack of screens actually work *far* better than the included screens with the kit and make sure that the image or font you use is thick and not super intricate.

Now that I’ve gotten the hang of the system, I’m for sure going to be using the Simply Screen Kit again. I feel a girly superhero cape in my near future… ūüėČ

Although I received product and payment for this post, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

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