A Heroe's Tunic

An inexpensive Gift Idea for Children

A super hero gift would be great for young boys and girls. Children love to dress up in costumes. You could make it out of old fabric or check out the remnants at a sewing shop.

I can personally attest to children's love for this type of gift as I made something similar for my son when he was about six-years-old. He was into Simon Belmont, a vampire slaying character from a video game. He craved his own Simon armor, which was a metallic-looking tunic. But we could find nothing like that for him in stores. So I made Simon’s armor out of a small and inexpensive remnant of shiny silver fabric I found at Wal-Mart. I bought the same amount of white cotton fabric and some white ties—the type on the spool that you can buy by the yard.

In all, the materials to make the tunic was under $10.00. And I made it all by hand as I didn’t have a sewing machine, but it didn’t take long.

How did I do it?

It was simple. Anyone could do it. I took a large rectangle of silvery fabric and cut it in two—one would be the length of the front the other of the back from shoulder to just below the hip. I added a 1/2 inch seam allowance to the whole. Then I cut a circle in both for the neck as shown in the illustration below.

Then I took the cotton fabric and cut two identical pieces for the tunic’s lining.

I lined up a piece of cotton fabric to a piece of silver fabric, making sure that the fabric fronts faced each other, then I stitched the two pieces together, leaving the bottom unstitched. I repeated this process for the other fabric pair to create the tunic back.

Afterward, I turned both inside out. Then, I lined the two pieces up again, fronts facing, and stitched the front and back together at the shoulders. Voila! It was starting to take shape and already resembled a hero’s tunic.

I hemmed the bottom of each piece.

Next I cut a large cross out of the cotton fabric and stitched it to the front of the tunic. I cut the tie into four pieces about 10 inches each. And I sewed a tie to each side on the front and back (near the waist area ) so that he could tie the tunic at the sides.

It was so cute and was a huge success. He loved it. It was hard to get him to take it off. Years later, I found it in the attic. It had stood the test of time. I wish I had a photo of it.

© 2014 Bobette Bryan