Friday, March 25, 2011

Super T Shirt with Cape {Tutorial}

Now, for my second, Lets Hear It for the Boy, t shirt project. My original thought was to make a Superman shirt, but then I decided to personalize it. My sons name is Tristan, but everyone calls him T. So, it seemed fitting to make him a Super T shirt. 


Shirt: ($2.99 Hobby Lobby)

Knit Fabric: ($9.99 yd. at Joanns. I used two colors. You could use old t shirts if you have the right colors.)

Embroidery Floss: ( .39cents each I used two colors)

Embroidery Hoop: (Optional)

Velcro: ( $1.50 pack of 3 squares Hobby Lobby)

Personalized letter: ( I just freehanded a block letter and cut it out)

Coordinating thread, Scissors, and Sewing Machine

My first step was pinning the letter to my fabric and cutting it out. I cut the bottom fabric a little bigger than the letter pattern, and cut my top fabric the same size as the pattern. 

Next, I pinned and straight stitched around both letter layers. I have only used knits a few times, but I love that they don't fray. 

The next step is a fun little addition to the applique. It is optional, if you just want to sew it and leave it. I just thought it made the applique pop. For this step I used two embroidery floss colors, and my embroidery hoop to stabilize it while sewing. I got the floss idea from Dana over at MADE which you can find here.

To make the cape, I cut the knit the length and width of the shirt. To make it look more like a cape and not a square, I cut around the shoulders and neck. Again, using knit was nice for this project, because I didn't have to hem all around the cape. 

I wanted to be able to take the cape off for washing, so I used velcro. You could just sew it on if you prefer, I just found this easier. 

I decided to add a little floss to the bottom corners of the cape. I just thought it looked cute. 

I hope you enjoyed my last two boy projects. I hope to have more soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you have any questions please leave them in my comments and I will try my best to help.


  1. Very cute ... my little guy has a pajama top like that and he would LOVE a shirt he could wear during the day. Great idea!

  2. Adorable! I love the removable cape.

  3. This is adorable! I bought some fabric a really long time ago with the hopes of making Max an applique shirt. And this looks like something I could try!

  4. Oh I love this! That shirt is darling and it looks easy enough that I might actually be able to do it! Thanks so much for the tutorial :D

  5. So cute! And I love what you did with the tie and suspenders ~ I had a removable suspenders idea but just couldnt execute it very well! lol I'm putting together a list of Twin Bloggers ~ you're on it! Thanks for sharing!



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