My 4 year old was invited to a dress up birthday party a while ago. Although we have a drawer full of costumes to choose from, he wanted to be a super hero. A real super hero. No amount of talking was going to get him to go as a pirate or dinosaur.
The instruction he gave me were,
1. An L on the back of the cape
2. A mask
3. Arm bands
With these instructions, I did what any mom in a hurry would and I turned to Google. I found this instruction for a superhero mask, and this one for superhero arm cuffs, as well as this one for shoe wings.
I pulled out some leftover orange Naugahyde (which was remnants of a Halloween costume years ago), silver iron-on vinyl from Cricut, and grabbed a cape that has been floating around the house and we set to work.
Because I figured it would be faster (hello, no sewing!) and more rugged than felt, I used the Naugahyde for the mask and the arm cuffs. They worked up really quickly. I cut them out and added adhesive Velcro to the cuffs and sewed on a sparkly piece of elastic to the mask and they were finished (5 minutes total).
While I was cutting Super Lincoln’s logo out of iron-on I cut a couple of extra little stars for the arm cuffs. I wasn’t sure how well the iron-on vinyl would work with the Naugahyde, but figured I didn’t have much to loose. Because Naugahyde is plastic I was afraid of it melting so I was really shy with the iron. But it worked really well. Maybe you could use a lower heat setting, but I found that applying heat for a short amount of time, checking to make sure it wasn’t melting, and then applying more heat until it was attached seemed to work.
And then because everything else had come together so quickly, I played around with the shoe wings. I imported a wing image into my Silhouette software and cut the wing out of the iron-on. I ironed it onto the Naugahyde and then cut around the wing shape with scissors. The last step was to punch holes into the wings with a hole punch. I lined the wings up with the laces and marked where the holes should go and used a regular old hole punch to make the holes.
These wings ended up being my favorite part and the perfect touch to complete this real super hero! You can download the Silhouette file below.
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