We first spotted Lovelane Designs’ amazing superhero capes on Etsy a few years ago and became instantly obsessed. In fact, we’ve featured them in more than one gift guide for kids over the years. That said, the quality and handmade design makes them spendy. So we’re thrilled to discover this DIY that helps replicate the gorgeous designs.
Don’t worry — we’re not stealing Lane Huerta’s livelihood. (We wouldn’t do that!) Because she’s giving away her secrets herself. Whoo!
Lane’s new book, Superhero Sewing: Playful, Easy, Sew and No-Sew Designs for Powering Kids’ Big Adventures, includes tutorials that help the average mom or dad (or cool uncle, awesome grandma, or favorite sitter or intrepid crafty tween or teen) make most of Lane’s most popular superhero capes and accessories. Whether you’re handy with a sewing machine or not.
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If you’ve never sewn before, the first section in the book is like sewing 101 for superheroes, covering basic techniques and materials you’ll need. Or, skip straight to the no-sew section, where all you need is a little fabric glue, some sharp scissors, and Lane’s step-by-step photo tutorials
She includes patterns for five themes, so it’s not just superhero capes and power cuffs; you’ll find fairy queen crowns, magician’s hats and capes, pirate accessories, and all kinds of animal costume fun, including fox hats and tails, and more. Just in time for Halloween!
Lane’s style is impeccable, and the designs she has for sale in her shop are still worth buying if you don’t have the time or skills to DIY. But if you’re up for a sewing project, I love this option, and that having the patterns available allows you to make a superhero outfit that’s extra-personal for your kids.
You can find Superhero Sewing: Playful, Easy, Sew and No-Sew Designs for Powering Kids’ Big Adventures by Lane Huerta at our affiliate Amazon, or look for it at your local indie bookstore.