DIY Personalized Superhero Cape from a T-Shirt

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No Sew Personalized Superhero CapesThis post may contain affiliate linksSimon’s superhero birthday party was a huge success, and some of my favorite features were the custom party favors for the guests. These DIY superhero capes made a big impression, but they were super simple to make – all it took was a few t-shirts and some heat transfer vinyl!  Stack of Brightly Dyed T-ShirtsI started with a stack of white t-shirts in mens size large , and I dyed them red, blue and yellow in my washing machine with iDye.

Make a Personalized Superhero Cape from an Old ShirtSimon has a Superman cape that fits him perfectly, so I used it to create a template for cutting out the t-shirt capes. You can also use a large piece of paper to create the template if you don’t happen to have another cape handy.

Turn an Old Shirt Into a Super Hero CapeBegin by cutting off the sleeves and cutting open both side seams.

Upcycled T Shirt to Superhero CapeOpen up the shirt, and use the template to cut the cape from the back side of the shirt. Keep the original neckline of the shirt intact to create the neck ties. You can use the neckline as-is, but I cut mine in half and applied snaps at both ends for closure (Velcro would also work well).

Make a Superhero Cape from an Old ShirtTa da! Because the t-shirt is a knit fabric, the edges will not fray, but will roll slightly to create a mock hem all around the edges.

Recycled T-Shirt to Superhero CapeI had Simon try on the cape to make sure that it wasn’t too long, and made a few tiny adjustments to the length.

Make Personalized Superhero Capes from an Old T-ShirtI personalized the capes by layering heat transfer vinyl with the same technique that I used on my custom sports team jersey.

Personalize No Sew Capes with Heat Transfer VinylI layered two contrasting colors of heat transfer vinyl in a starburst pattern.

No Sew Super Hero Cape from a T ShirtI added the child’s initial for the finishing touch.

Easily Personalize No Sew Superhero Capes with Heat Transfer VinylAt our party we had two Zs, an R, a V and four Ss, so I made sure that each of the cape and vinyl color combinations and fonts were unique.

hung up super hero capes for kidsAll lined up and ready to party!

Superhero Party CapesThe capes were a huge hit, and the kids loved their personalized party favors! Here you can see that the original length from the size large t-shirts worked well for kids ranging in size from size 4t to 12.

kid wearing diy super hero capeIt was a little long for this tiny guy, but he loved it anyway!

Heat Transfer Vinyl Superhero ShirtI also used a scrap of the leftover vinyl to make the birthday boy a special superhero shirt.

Easy Personalized Superhero CapeThank you to Expressions Vinyl for supplying us with the heat transfer vinyl to make this fun craft! The kids wore them all the way through the party, during the backyard movie night, and up until bedtime!

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Disclaimer: Expressions Vinyl provided me with the heat transfer vinyl necessary for this project; however, all opinions expressed are my own!


  1. Thank you so so much! I forgot it was superhero day at my daughters school tomorrow, and because of you, I was able to make her an awesome cape on the fly!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

  2. Oh wow. This is the best thing I’ve seen in quite some time. My little ones are going to go crazy over this. I will be making several of these capes this afternoon. Thanks so much!

  3. You could also go to a thrift store and find colored shirts for cheap. And maybe if you’re lucky you’ll find one with a super hero logo already on it. I love this idea, though I don’t think my 5 year old princess would go for it.

  4. I was on this article before, but I had just skimmed over it and didn’t realize you made this with just shirts! I’m one of those people that loves to make costumes from things laying around the house, and this one never came to me. You can probably get a custom t-shirt made with the logo you want on the cape. That would save you a little hassle.

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