Things 88 & 89

Esther’s good friend, Vicky, who lives in Ireland, came for a visit a few weeks ago. They don’t see each other nearly often enough, so when they do they make it count. This time they decided to be superheroes. Very moral superheroes. They called themselves the “Superheroes to Stop Swearing.” I’m not making this up.

I overheard Esther say to Vicky, “Let’s ask my mom to make us capes.” With such a noble cause, how could I refuse? I pulled out a pile of old shirts and let them each choose their colour. Vicky chose darker blue and Esther chose light. They ran off and I got to work.

I started by cutting off the collar, sleeves and most of the front, leaving the top part for shoulder coverage. I hemmed all the way around and attached fasteners at the neck (snaps on one, velcro on the other).


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For the appliquéd initials I used some shiny fabric from Esther’s stash (yes, even my child has a fabric stash), and cut out a large E and V. I attached them to the capes with iron-on adhesive and sewed with a zig zag stitch around the edge.

I did not measure or draw anything for this project – lots of eyeballing and estimating was involved – and the capes were ready in about an hour. The superheroes deemed this speedy enough for their superhero standards.






Vicky’s mom promised to make masks, and a week or two later Esther received a special package from Ireland.


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Off to save the world, one clean word at a time.


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Cost of these Things: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €120.69


  1 comment for “Things 88 & 89

  1. Linda Rook
    April 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    That is just too lovely. Kids are so great!

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