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!
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.