Handmade Christmas Gifts for Toddler Boys

by Kelsey Norwood

in Kid Stuff

Here are some of the costume items I made for my boys for Christmas.

Super hero capes.  Click here for the free patterns.

And more super hero capes. I’m still working on a Super Why cape also. What others could I do???

Super hero masks (Click for tutorial)

and tool belts from old jeans. These are going to be perfect to carry around their new flashlights and measuring tapes!

What else could I do for my boys??? Any ideas?


1 Melissa December 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m nerdy and in the middle of making an activity book with a Star Wars Twist for a boy. I’m sure you can think of lots of fun things to do for super heros too :)

2 Jenny December 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Can I be one of your sons this Christmas? I think you’ve covered your bases with all those!

3 Missy December 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

Am I retarded? I don’t see the tutorial for he logos (which look AMAZING). I shall not share my own scary masks and capes… I did make arm bands (which the boys call strong arms) to go with each set too. They are pretty easy.
These are SO SO awesome! Good job, Kels!

4 Jodie December 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

You could do Word Girl, but that’s obviously for a girl not a boy :) Although my toddler son loves that show!

5 NaDell December 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

My mom made me a cape when I was a kid with MY own first initial and it was a Super Me cape. I loved it.
Car mats are popular to make for boys too.

6 crafty beth December 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm

The biggest homemade gift hit for my son was this felt roll-up car mat, although plan ahead–it is a big project! So much fun though: http://www.bethbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/03/ongoing-project-car-mat.html

He also loves his cape–a friend made it for him, and it gets lots of use!

And I’ve got a few other little boy gifts (like a felt tic-tac-toe board, photo matching game, etc) on this page too: http://www.bethbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/p/fun-kid-stuff.html

7 CJ January 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Ohhhhhhhh, I miss my LITTLE boy. He is now 6’8″ and 19.5 years old. One year he got TAPE…all sorts of it, scotch tape, masking tape (in a rainbow of colors), duct tape, electrical tape and the best present of all for him was the tape dispenser! LOL! As a matter of fact he got duct tape this year in his stocking and gaffer’s tape in various colors for his film studies at college.
What about a camping theme? Backpacks (that you can make), a tent (that you can make), little sleeping bags/mats (that you can make) and then all the goodies to go with that. Some freeze dried ice cream bars would be fun to go along with this.
My son also loved (loves still) to get gloves – work gloves, garden gloves, ski gloves, etc.
Now that they have tool belts you might want to take them to Home Depot on a weekend when they are making tool boxes. Have fun! Those little ones grow up way too fast.

8 crafty beth January 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I just made this apron for a boy too–my son has one he got as a gift, and he LOVES putting it on to help me in the kitchen, but it’s also great for dress-up chef or craft projects! The tutorial is from the Michael Miller fabrics site (link in my blog post below). It would be fun to pair it with a kids’ cookbook as a gift.


9 Maggie January 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

I LOVE your Super Hero capes!! What kind of fabric did you use for the cape? What did you use for the logos? I’ve created a super hero logo for my nephew and can’t wait to put everything together!

10 Kelsey January 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I used cotton broadcloth for the capes and I found the logos online. I printed them all off and had to trace each individual piece on to patternmaking paper. It was kind of a process, but worth it! One of these days I’ll put up links to where I got all the logos…when i have time!

11 Sarah June 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

I love these capes for little boys!! I am trying to get a head start on Christmas ideas and I am still new to sewing. Do you have a pattern for the capes and logos? They are so cute!!

12 Kim Davis June 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I have two granddaughters and not a great seamstress, but I may be able to make these capes for them. Can u tell me how and what I need please?? They r 2 and 4.

Thank u so much


13 veronica July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

How do I make them? My son would love them!!!

14 Toni July 29, 2012 at 3:55 am

I, along with Sara, Kim, and Veronica,would like to know if you have a pattern or tutorial for the capes. THANK YOU!

15 Kelsey July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am

Check out this post:


I used a women’s skirt pattern to get the cape shape and it worked really well. I really don’t trust myself to draw patterns from scratch…or I know McCalls has a cape pattern, you might check at JoAnn or similar. Good luck!

16 Natalie August 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

How did you do the super hero logos?

17 mom of girls September 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

this is awesome, but not just for boys. I have four girls that love anything to do with superheros. this will make a great Christmas gift for them.

18 Melissa Whitcher September 15, 2012 at 6:20 am

These are great! I am always looking for cool new ideas for my two boys.

The one thing I’ve still been looking for…..tails! My son wants a tail he can put on to play with. :0) Guess I’ll just have to make that one up.

Thanks again!


19 Kelsey September 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I found them online and saved them to my computer and enlarged them with Word/Paint/Picasa. It was lots of trial and error…I need to post my actual patterns! I’ll put it on the To Do list…

20 Anna September 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

PLEASE post your pattern i would love to do this but i am not so good at making the pattern myself LOL thank you for this awesome idea!!!

21 Shelby Quail September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

These are super cute! Do you have a tutorial for the capes?? I’m not seeing a link for it. Please let me know! I’d love to make some for my son and nephews!

22 Kelsey October 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I’m working on it and I will post as soon as it is done. My boys wear them everyday.

23 Aparna October 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Your capes are amazing. I have no sewing skills (or sewing machine), so I’m not sure I could make these, but I REALLY want to make them for my little boy. I am planning a superhero party for him and would love to make capes for all the little boys and girls that come….although I realize I need to take baby steps and start with one cape. Looking forward to seeing the tutorial. Truly inspiring stuff. Thank you!

24 Kelsey October 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

You could make them out of felt and cut them with a neck strap attached. I know you could find a tutorial for a cape like that somewhere. You can do it!

25 Grace @ sense and simplicity October 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I made a Dr’s outfit for my son when he was young many years ago (he is 25 now). I bought the Dr’s bag and then took one of my husband’s white dress shirts and cut off the shirt tails and shortened the arms so it made a lab coat. I also put a few pens in the pocket and a name tag. He loved it.

26 Jennie October 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I saw the idea to use a t-shirt for the cape so they can just slip it on over their heads- no Velcro or tying! You keep the collar and just use the front or back of the shirt without the sleeves. No hemming necessary because the knit fabric won’t fray. Then just add the emblems (felt would be easy and you could probably hot glue it on). Nice if you are a novice at sewing!

27 Allison November 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

at first when i just saw the pictures of the tool belt i was confused, i thought it was a purse. but then i saw it was a tool belt. awesome idea, i think thats going to be my gift to my nephew this christmas along with a construction hat, a real flash light and probably a pretend tool box. I love giving gifts that you can make a set and this is perfect, and I can personalize it. I never would’ve thought about making a tool belt for him.

28 ashley November 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Do you sell any of the items you make? I looked around but couldn’t find an etsy address or anything indicating you might make and sell these items, specifically the super hero capes! I’d love to order from you. If you’re taking commissions for Christmas, let me know. Armbruster@hotmail.com :)

29 Kelsey Norwood November 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

I don’t have an Etsy store, I don’t have time to make enough to stock a store. If only there were more hours in a day…

30 Myssi December 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

I saw a comment about the tshirt cape on here. You NEED to cut the collar and add Velcro to close it. The cape could get caught on something and become a strangulation problem. I’ve seen the cape on pinterest made from the tshirt and every time i see it all I can think is the potential danger and risk. To snip the collar and add Velcro it’s still simple even if you don’t sew. Just get heat bond hem tape and iron it on.

Your Capes are CRAZY AWESOME! I’m in need of a sewing refresher course but just might have to attempt the tool belt for my little guy.

31 ELISA December 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

How much fabric is needed for the cape? I saw it should be at least 44″ wide but don’t see the amount needed. Also are your logos made from felt or cotton? Thanks

32 Kelsey Norwood December 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

You need about 2/3 yard for the cape and I did the logos with cotton but felt would work too!

33 Danae July 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

What about a Spider-man cape? I know he usually doesnt wear one (I think) but my son loves Spider-man. I was thinking of myabe a big spider on the back any other ideas would be greatly appreciated! Great Tutorial i plan on making all the boys in our family a set of the mask and cape for Christmas of course we have a couple girls too so i thought about doing super woman and wonder woman or batgirl for them :)

34 Jody August 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Love all your ideas! I am going to be busy sewing capes for my little man. How about a Wonder Woman or girl cape. I also have little girls that would love one.

35 Jennifer August 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hi Kelsey, thanks so much for sharing! This will be perfect for my little guy for Christmas! Have you, by any chance, made the SuperWhy cape? Would love to see that, although, I may have to do a Daniel Tiger cape (“Super, Super Daniel”, as he’s known around here!) Maybe I’ll put a trolley on it?! :)

36 Elizabeth November 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Try a Lego sack! Found this Tut for one..http://tonicoward.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/lego-sack-tutorial.html
but thanks for the capes!

37 Will Kenderdine November 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hey! Great ideas! If you’d like another unique idea for a gift, you may like these terrific gift ideas: Cuddleuppets (http://www.handi-dandi-crafts.com/) and Zoobooks (http://www.early-learning-fun.com/)

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