How to Make Your Own Superhero Fancy Dress

Updated February 21, 2017

Follow your dreams or show off your super skills by creating a superhero costume. Choose a funny alter ego such as "Supermarketer" or showcase your skills by being "Super Dad" or "Artistic Woman." Superheroes can also have animal alter egos, like "Bearman," who hibernates all winter, or "Squirrelgirl," who industriously saves for the winter or maybe just loves nuts. These costumes require a small amount of hand sewing; no sewing machine is needed.

Design your hero's logo with a pencil and paper. A good size can be 8-by-8 inches. It can be a letter, symbol or picture. Use a single colour on a solid background. The background should have a regular shape such as a circle or a diamond.

Use the drawing as a pattern to cut out your design and background out of felt.

Glue your design to the background. Hand stitch the background to the front of a leotard.

Cut out the ears or nose from craft foam and hot glue them to the mask. Another option would be to add a small version of your symbol to the mask or wear a plain mask. Half masks are available at costume supply stores.

Put on the tights and leotard. Wear the trunks over the leotard. The trunks should match the colour of your symbol and contrast with the leotard and tights.

Pin a piece of fabric to your shoulders for a cape. A 30-inch square is a good size for a cape. Choose a colour that contrasts with your leotard and matches your symbol.


A girl might want to wear a short dance skirt instead of trunks.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Leotard
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Craft foam
  • Half mask
  • Hot glue
  • Tights
  • Trunks
  • Fabric
  • Safety pins
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.