Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Create With 8 Contest.

Looking for something to do this weekend?  How about joining in on the fun and entering Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Create With 8 Contest?  Did you know that it’s National Craft Month?  Well, Jo-Ann’s is on a mission to show the world that creativity does not have to be complicated and their doing it with their Creativity Made Simple campaign.

Being creative doesn’t require a box full of supplies and hours of your time!  We want you to rediscover your creative side.  Here’s how the contest works:

  • Grab the 40% off coupon below.
  • Go to your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and find 8 supplies to create a fun and simple craft for the chance to win $1000 in Jo-Ann’s gift cards! (See here for the guidelines)
  • The contest is open through March 31st.
  • There are two ways to win and four $250 gift cards are up for grabs!
  • Two winners are selected by a panel of Jo-Ann expert judges.
  • Two winners are selected by popular vote on Facebook, so SHARE, SHARE, SHARE your craft!!
I just visited the Facebook page and viewed the entries so far and there are not that many yet.  You all totally can do this!  We were just chatting on The Southern Institute Facebook page about the projects that you have been working on this week… I know that you have some awesome ideas for this contest!  What do you think you’ll create?  I’d love to hear that one of you won one of the $250 gift cards!  Have fun and good luck!

I have not been paid by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to write this post.

DIY Superhero Cape Tutorial.

Creating for boys can be so easy and so much fun!  Let’s face it, most little boys aren’t too picky about their apparel are they?  You may think that you’re little guy needs the best of the best of everything,  but really, sometimes, the most unlikely objects hold the most fuel for his big imagination.  I learned this last year when I found myself in a bit of a pinch and found myself making…  

The Superhero Cape Tutorial!



Luke is a little man of many interests, one of them being superheros (at least at the moment).  I had been wanting to make him a little cape, but hadn’t been able to get any fabric to make him one at the time.  That didn’t keep him from requesting one though.  So, like any good mom of a superhero would do, I decided to look around the house and see what I could find.  Then…

It hit me!  I realized that I had the perfect thing for making a quick and easy cape… enormous t-shirts!  I have a stack of them from the Goodwill that I use to make upcycled shirts for the boys.  Here’s my superhero cape tutorial (technically, you don’t even need a sewing machine!):  You can view the video version that I did for Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Creativity Made Simple Campaign or scroll down past it for the pictorial tutorial.  (Hint: the video tutorial has a little shortcut that I started using after I had made the pictorial)…

Disclaimer: Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts supplied me with a gift card which I used to buy supplies for the cape in the tutorial.

What you’ll need: One large t-shirt, one piece of interfacing (2″ x 7 1/2″), velcro, sewing machine(I have a Singer Curvy and I really love it), or hot glue gun.

1. Lay out one large t-shirt.


2. Cut off the sleeves.


3. Cut up the sides and lay the shirt open.


4. Cut out the shape of a cape, being careful to keep the neck hole in tact.
I cut some off of the bottom too, so he wouldn’t trip.


5. The neck hole will be too big for your little guy…
cut out a section.
Even if it fits, for safety’s sake, make sure you make this cape detachable by adding the velcro closure.
Without the velcro closure this cape could be a choking hazard! 

Here you have two options:

#1 Sew velcro on as a neck closure or,
#2 Use a hot glue gun to attach velcro for the neck closure

You have 1/2 of your little guy’s power outfit.

Now for the Superhero Power Cuff.
(Being a superhero doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize.)

1. Take your discarded sleeves and cut out
two 2.5″ x 8″ strips.

2. Attach interfacing to one of the strips, centering it on the fabric.

3. Right sides together, sew around the edges, 1/4″ in,
leaving one short side open.  Clip the sewn corners.
4. Turn the cuff right side out and press.

5. Tuck in the open edge, press.

6. Sew all the way around the cuff.

7. Attach velcro pieces, one one the inside of one end, 
one on the outside of the other end.

Your Power Cuff is done!  You now have a complete outfit!

You can totally be creative when it comes to decorating your cape and cuff.  I used a freezer paper stencil to decorate both of these (I have a tutorial here).  Here are a couple other capes that I have used fusible and machine stitched appliques on:
Simple but fun, I promise your little super heros will be fighting evil all day long in their capes and cuffs, and you will feel like…

(And don’t forget to post your capes in 

Thanks so much for coming by!  Have a super day!

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