A confession – I, the writer of a sewing blog, do not really do Halloween. Living in Belgium where it’s not celebrated means there’s no pressure to make amazing costumes and artistically decorate pumpkins and, to be honest, it’s so liberating being able to just let this all go.
Having said that, my youngest turned four a couple of weeks ago and, in case you’re wondering, yes I’m in denial, yes I still carry him when he asks, and yes I still think of him as a little puppy. ‘I’m not a puppy!’ he grumbles to me for the 1000th time…according to him he’s a superhero! And what superhero doesn’t need a cape for those many and varied superhero activities?!
This was a project on the cheap. The best kind, right? I wanted to incorporate the cape directly into a new t-shirt, upcycled from my stash of big brother castoffs. For this I used an XL snuggly sweat shirt and, using the Flashback Skinny Tee as the pattern, started hacking away.
After much hemming and hawing about how exactly to incorporate the cape, I decided to search the wonderful, vast internet and, lo and behold, I found the exact tutorial I needed!
For the cape I used some leftover lightweight jersey from the summer pjs I made earlier this year. This worked well – Tara’s totally right in recommending something light so it doesn’t weigh the whole thing down and the little ones can still ‘fly’!
I dare say that this tutorial would be perfect for whipping up a quick Halloween costume…but you didn’t hear that from me!
To make this extra special for the the birthday boy I added a number 4 using the new-to-me technique of flocking. This is something I only know in the context of Belgium and I’m really curious to hear what all you other nationalities know about this (including what it’s called in English if it’s not flocking).
Flocking is basically a fuzzy iron-on adhesive that can be added quickly and easily to fabric. You buy it in sheets that look like this.
I bought mine from Hotfix Studio (gotta love that name!) and it was delivered the next day with a free sheet included. Some google outline images, a cutting mat and an x-acto knife and the world’s your oyster. There’s lots of fun to be had here.
To apply it you just peel back the covering on the adhesive side, place on the fabric, iron (with a tea towel covering it for protection), and then peel off the other side to reveal the fuzzy image. It really is as easy as that! I can see this cropping up in lots of future projects.
puppy superhero enters his fifth year in style. I’m honoured and excited to be a part of all his adventures. Happy Birthday, Manu*.
*One of Manu’s other nicknames is Poot. Raise your hand if you’ve watched The Wire? When Manu was a bit smaller he (strangely, I admit) reminded us of the character Poot. Go on, scroll back up to the top and look at that face. Do you see it?
And on that note, I’ll say good night!
It’s been quiet on the blogging front this week but don’t think I haven’t been prepping for KCW…as well as finally finishing some selfish sewing, testing a pattern and writing a Christmas curated list for Sew, Mama, Sew. Lots to look forward to in the coming weeks! But, before that, I’m off to Germany – the Mosel Valley – for the weekend…kids, brothers, and wine – what could go wrong?!
Thanks for reading Superhero Sewists! I’d love to hear what you know/think about flocking…and anything else that’s on your mind!