I’m so excited to share this kids craft with you today! There’s a lot to love about this Batman™ cape. Not only does it glow in the dark, but you don’t even need sewing skills to make the cape!
What you’ll need:
- Silhouette CAMEO®, Portrait®, or Curio™
- black t-shirt
- hook and loop fastener
- glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material
- black smooth heat transfer material
- iron and ironing board
- pressing cloth
Open up the design and resize it. I ungrouped it and filled in the colors to help me visualize how I needed to cut the pieces of the design. First we’ll cut the glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material. If you’re using the CAMEO® or Portrait® you can load the heat transfer material directly into your machine. Since I’m using Curio™ today, I cut a piece of glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material slightly larger than my design and put it directly on the Curio™ cutting mat. The shiny (plastic) side should be facing down.
When you’re ready to adjust your cut settings, select only the yellow oval to be cut. Since glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material is smooth you’ll select “heat transfer material smooth” as your material type.
Once the glow-in-the-dark oval has been cut you’ll want to cut the rest of the design from black smooth heat transfer material. The process is the same as with the glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material, but this time you’ll select all the parts of the design to be cut.
Use the hook tool to weed out the unnecessary pieces of each design.
The cape is so easy to make! You’ll just need a black t-shirt with a plain back and scissors. You can use a new shirt or even re-purpose one you already have.
NOTE: Don’t forget to prewash the shirt if it’s new. I find prewashing helps heat transfer material adhere better.
Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface with the back of the shirt facing you. Cut the sides of the shirt from the waist up to the sleeves. Cut around the sleeves and to the front of the shirt.
Center the glow-in-the-dark oval on the cape. Cover the heat transfer material with a pressing cloth. The extra t-shirt fabric you cut off to make the cape works well for this. Set your iron on the “cotton” setting and iron over the design until the heat transfer material sticks to the cape instead of the plastic. Let it cool and peel off the clear plastic sheet.
Place the Batman™ design over the glow-in-the-dark oval. Position it until it’s perfectly centered. Iron it down just like you did with the other piece.
By now your cape should be looking good, but there is one last step we need to take to make it safe. Make a cut in the neckline of the cape and attach a hook and loop closure to join the two pieces.
This is the first time I’ve used the glow-in-the-dark heat transfer material and I’m so impressed with how it looks in the dark. The glow is so bright!!!
With all the DC Comics designs in the Silhouette Design Store, why not make one for all the little super heroes in your life?