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December 9, 2007

Super Why!

Filed under: crafty gifts,sewing projects — by michellew @ 9:46 pm

Caleb simply loves the new PBS show Super Why.  He’s always headed off to the bookclub and talking about Super Why doing this or that.  So in keeping with this year’s Christmas present theme for the kids, homemade gifts, I made him a Super Why cape and mask, along with his very own Super Why doll.  I had so much fun making this for him.  The doll got more and more intricate as I went along, but it was a blast doing it.  I hope he loves loves it! 

I used freezer paper a ton when making the doll for him.  See the bottom of this post for some tips on how to do this.  I also used this pattern for making the body.  Then Bob printed a blown up picture of super why off of the PBS kids site so I could pattern his head and face after that. (you can see what I mean in the picture below of me laying out his face on the ironing board)  Bob helped me with making Super Why’s logo that I then put on Caleb’s cape as well as SuperWhy’s cape.  I also made Caleb’s cape reversible, based on this pattern, so he can be either Super Why or Alpha Pig.  (by the way that cape pattern is super easy!)  For the most part I used felt and fleece to applique everything onto the doll.  I did some hand sewing and some machine applique.  I learned a lot about applique through making this doll.  Its always fun to have a challenging project that teaches you new things. 

I can’t wait for Christmas morning when Caleb gets to open this gift.  There’s just something about making a gift for your kid that you know he’s going to completely love!  (and making something that you can’t buy in the stores!)  Enjoy the pictures.  I kept them small so Caleb doesn’t happen to see a picture of his Christmas present too early!

 dsc05201.jpg  “Super Why contemplating his next adventure.”

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 And here’s some tips on using freezer paper when sewing.

Super Why had so many felt and fleece pieces to cut out and attach to his little body.  I have a hard time drawing directly on felt, or cutting out free hand for that matter.  So instead I drew what I wanted, then traced that onto the paper side of freezer paper.  (actually Bob did the drawing or tracing for the s and lightening bolt in the pictures below)  I also printed pictures off of the Super Why site and traced from there.  That ended up helping a ton with making the book on his chest and doing his face.  Here’s some quick easy instructions on using freezer paper. 

First trace your pattern onto the paper side of the freezer paper.


 Before you cut out the shape, iron it onto the felt or fabric (keep in mind using fabric that doesn’t fray makes applique a breeze)


Once its cooled a bit, cut out your design.


Finally, peel off the freezer paper and voila, you have a perfectly cut out applique ready to sew onto your project!

You can also use something called Heat ‘N Bond.  It works a little differently.  Heat ‘N Bond is essentially stitch witchery with paper on one side. (its something that bonds two pieces of fabric together)  So you trace your pattern onto the paper side, iron it onto your fabric and cut out.  Then you peel your paper and place it directly onto your project and iron.  The only thing with this is that you have to draw mirror image, which makes my brain hurt (unless you have a symmetrical image, then its easy to use).  I’ve used Heat ‘N Bond lite on other projects, which is used just to keep something in place before you sew it.  I don’t think its intended to be used instead of sewing.  Anyway, I skipped using Heat N Bond for Super Why and the freezer paper worked great!  I actually did cut and iron little pieces of stitch witchery for the book on his chest and the “A” on the cape so that the felt pieces would stay in place while I was sewing them onto the main fabric. 



  1. Fuller will be sooooo jealous. He loves Super Why and we attribute that show to his love of spelling.

    Comment by alli — December 9, 2007 @ 10:28 pm |Reply

  2. Great job, Michelle! Both my kids LOVE Super WHY as well. Zoe wants to be Princess Presto.

    Comment by Alison — December 10, 2007 @ 8:44 am |Reply

  3. That turned out so cute! I love it (even though I don’t know who Super Why is). What a great crafty christmas gift.

    Comment by JenniferCS — December 10, 2007 @ 12:08 pm |Reply

  4. Woooooooooow… that cape is awesome!
    Fuller will be jealous.

    Comment by DWord — December 10, 2007 @ 2:23 pm |Reply

  5. OH MY! You are killing me with the Super Why! doll. My two year old was “SW!” for halloween, it is all he has talked about for months. The best I have done so far has been homemade tshirts and pjs and of corse the costume…the idea of a doll hadn’t dawned on me. You are truely Super Mom!

    Comment by Shelby — December 12, 2007 @ 12:53 am |Reply

  6. Nice job Michelle! It looks great. When does Super why come on, I think we have not yet discovered it.

    Comment by Linda — December 12, 2007 @ 8:38 am |Reply

  7. Thanks everyone for the encouragement!

    Linda- we watch super why at 8am on channel 12 almost every morning. They actually have a couple of episodes on the super why site that you can watch too. I’ve noticed that Caleb has watched the same ones over and over. Maybe because its a new show they don’t have much variety yet? Though I don’t always pay attention to which episode it is.

    Comment by michellew — December 12, 2007 @ 2:15 pm |Reply

  8. What a fun project!! Can’t wait to see the pics from Christmas – I’m SURE that will be Caleb’s favorite gift!!! And he’ll tell everyone that his Ma-Ma made it for HIM!

    Comment by Mom Thomas — December 13, 2007 @ 11:31 pm |Reply

  9. OMG, Catie LOVES Super Why! What an awesome gift Michelle!

    Comment by Kim — December 18, 2007 @ 12:00 am |Reply

  10. Was there a pattern associated with this doll? My wife thought there was via a link in yoor post but I don’t see it. Great work…. my little guy is going to love it.

    Merry Christmas

    Comment by Dave Lambert — December 19, 2007 @ 1:01 pm |Reply

  11. Dave- The doll’s body is based on the body pattern for this walldorf like doll.

    But the rest I just made up. The face I printed out (after copying from the pbs site and blowing up bigger) and used that print out as a pattern, adding seam allowances. The different colored body parts I just sewed onto the main body piece from the walldorf doll pattern.

    It was definitely quite an adventure making this doll. Lots of work and lots of time, but so totally worth it. I know my son is going to simply love him. Can’t wait till Christmas!

    Comment by michellew — December 19, 2007 @ 1:47 pm |Reply

  12. I can’t believe how awesome this is! Gid and Ike are huge Super Why! fans. It comes on at nine here and w/my morning sickness I can get the two of them to contendedly stay in my bedroom until then if they get to watch SW! when they leave. Beauty. Gid’s favorite is Princess Presto, though. 🙂 He dresses up in our scarlet tassled blanket and had me make a crown and wand (I did the quick aluminum foil). Do we think when Gid’s thirteen he’ll be glad I shared that on the www? You’re such an inspiration! I just cannot say enough how awesome that doll turned out. The book on the front must have been a pain but it looks perfect. I’m impressed with the eyes and hair, too. You go, Michelle! He’s gonna treasure that for the rest of his life.

    Comment by lynnp — December 20, 2007 @ 11:50 am |Reply

  13. I showed Gid and he was SO impressed, but he did want to know if you made Princess Presto, too. 😉

    Comment by lynnp — December 20, 2007 @ 12:00 pm |Reply

  14. super why? how ’bout super michelle?!? that is awesome–it looks just like the real live super why! i may be inspired enough to try to tackle a doll-making project myself. any ideas for an angelina ballerina doll? (molly’s “just not crazy about” super why…)


    Comment by stephanie — December 26, 2007 @ 10:46 pm |Reply

  15. I was wondering what type of material you used for the cape? Also, for Super Why’s clothing. I am trying to make a SW costume for my 2.5 year old for Halloween and I just got so confused at the fabric store. Do you think flannel would work? Thanks for any advice. I would really appreciate it and I really really would use it!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

    Comment by stacie — September 4, 2008 @ 5:36 pm |Reply

  16. Stacie- Thanks for stopping by my blog and asking your questions! For the cape I used either 100% cotton or a cotton/poly blend (its been almost a year, so I can’t remember for sure) I didn’t make it a slippery cape, one because I didn’t find the colors I wanted, but also because its just a bit harder to work with. But I find that my sons loves it no matter the non-slipperiness. Oh and cotton doesn’t snag or pull as easily on things (like a slippery lining fabric might) as your little superwhy runs off on great superwhy adventures. I think if you used flanel it would be fine, just keep in mind that flanel “sticks” to things more easily. It might bunch up more. But really not that big of a deal. Now fleece, I wouldn’t use, too hard to work with and it would definitely not last as long, as fleece gets over-stretched pretty easily, plus it pills faster. I hope you’re costume turns out great! Send me a link to a picture of it sometime. Thanks!

    Comment by michellew — September 4, 2008 @ 8:22 pm |Reply

  17. Hi Michellew:

    Would you cnsider making a Super Why doll and selling it?

    My daughter would just be crazy for it and I am not crafty enough to ever make one.

    If you are willing, what would you charge?

    Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you or anyone who can do this.

    -Rebecca & Erin(14 months)

    Comment by Rebecca G. — November 29, 2008 @ 3:11 pm |Reply

  18. Rebecca-
    Sorry to say but I just don’t have the time to make a superwhy doll to sell. I’ve been asked before, but I’d probably have to charge 80 bucks just to make it worth the time it took to make that little guy! It was a lot of fun to do, but phew, it was quite the project. Hope you can find someone who’s willing to make you one. (oh and not to mention the fact that I’m expecting a baby in a week, so I REALLY don’t have time 🙂 )


    Comment by michellew — December 1, 2008 @ 7:20 am |Reply

  19. Oh my God! This is soooo awesome! My son Lucas is in love with Super Why! , we tivo it and watch it over and over; he is 15 months and has already crumbled several print-outs from the PBS website out of love! I wish I could be as crafty as you! I will try to make a doll, too. Does anyone know when they are coming out with merchandise for this show??? Just in case I fail :)))
    Super Job ! Super Mom!

    Comment by Martina — December 22, 2008 @ 1:30 am |Reply

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  21. Just wondering if Wyatt is still in good condition? Does Caleb still use his doll? I looked on esty and no one makes these. My turning one year old loves Super Wyatt. I was wondering if Caleb is done and you still have the doll and in good shape could I buy it from you? Thank you Angela

    Comment by Angela Moore — February 12, 2014 @ 4:02 pm |Reply

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