How to turn your child into their very own superhero this Halloween with a ‘super’ handmade costume.

Flynn wanted to be a superhero for Halloween. Specifically Spiderman, however, my skills (or lack thereof) and time available were not quite going to fit in with that plan, so when we had a look at superhero costumes on-line he decided he wanted to have a cape and mask instead. Perfect! I asked him if he would like to be Super Flynn and he was beyond excited.

handmade superhero costume

What you need to make this costume:

  • Leggings (I found these thick green ones at Gymboree)
  • Plain t-shirt
  • Plain shoes
  • Pleather in black, green and silver croc
  • Solid Alova Caviar fabric (it looks a little like suede) – this is for the cape
  • Black foam mask
  • Black lanyard cord
  • Strong fabric glue
  • Needle and black thread

To make:

To make the logo on the front of the shirt and back of the cape I began by creating the logo in a word document on the computer, sized it on there and printed it to use as a template.  I then cut out two identical pieces from the pleather and glued it all together.

How to make a superhero logo

The cape is very simple.  I lay the fabric on the ground and started cutting until it looked like the shape of a cape.  I made sure it wasn't too long, folded over the top edge, with the lanyard cord threaded through and stitched it in place.  No hemming required.  I then glued the logo to the back of it.

The second logo was glued to the front of the t-shirt.

Lastly, the mask.  I had purchased a black mask with a cord that came in a packet with an orange mask as well.  I cut the eyes on the orange mask so they were wider and then trimmed the outside of the mask too and lay it over the top of the black mask.  Once I was happy with how it looked, I used the newly cut orange mask as a template on the green pleather.  Once the pleather was cut into shape, it was glued on too.

And there you have it, a simple superhero costume.

Superhero costume

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Stephanie Monroe October 24, 2011 - 9:41 am

Awesome. I love it! I’m sure he does too. Maybe I can get my daughter to do something like this. Maybe a spin on Supergirl? She wants to be princess Leia and I’m not sure if I’m up to making the robe for that one.

Leah October 24, 2011 - 2:03 pm

You have a wonderful site. Looking forward to reading more!

Katherine marie October 24, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Darling!!! This is a costume will get lots of use all year long!!!

Tonya Staab October 25, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Thank you Leah 🙂

Tonya Staab October 25, 2011 - 12:53 pm

I think supergirl would be a fabulous idea … secretly I would have loved the twins to have been girl and boy superhero's :).

Tonya Staab October 27, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Thank you Theresa.  He loves his costume and yes, very simple to put together.

Theresa October 27, 2011 - 9:49 am

I love the simplicity of this costume, yet super impact! & Super Flynn looks like he is having an amazing time!

Theresa October 28, 2011 - 9:07 am

Hi again Tonya, I wanted to let you know I gave you a shout out & featured + a link to your tutorial! Have a great weekend!

Tonya Staab October 28, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Thank you so much Theresa.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Tonya Staab October 28, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Thank you.  And yes, I'm sure it will knowing him :).  He's already worn it twice with plans to wear it every day until Halloween.

Angry birds rio November 1, 2011 - 2:36 am

Great idea and tutorial! thanks for sharing.

matt ford November 14, 2011 - 6:39 am

Great Blog- Thanks for sharing… It’s always great to see sites that share my passion for the world of costumes!

matt ford November 15, 2011 - 4:34 am

Love the pics! What a superhero he really looks- love the vibrant green!

suit June 26, 2012 - 2:24 am

Thanks for sharing this, you did a great job!


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