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Sew your own Captain America shield backpack

24 Apr

So – with Captain America: Winter Soldier being released this month, I felt like it was time for our Captain America costumes to get a little re-vamp. We decided to start with the most important element – the shield – and to create a handy backpack while we were at it. When I say these Cap-Packs are easy to make, I’m not kidding. I started them Thursday afternoon, and they were ready in time to head to WonderCon 2014 on Friday morning. (Less than ONE DAY!)

Trifecta America: homemade Captain America backpacks

Trifecta America: homemade Captain America backpacks

The Cap Pack
It’s incredibly simple to create a Captain America backpack just like Captain Rogers. Just cut some circles, find (or sew) some straps, and go! A quick, cheap, *awesome* costume item that the kids can actually use!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large red circles (I chose felt because it holds it shape and the colors really pop)
  • 2 large red circles (rip-stop/nylon) for lining
  • 1 smaller white circle
  • 1 smaller red circle
  • 1 smaller blue circle
  • 1 white star
  • 2 straps (sew or purchase – I used brown felt because it was cheap and easy)

A note for other mamas: don’t be afraid to create your own pattern! Once you find the right-sized circle to get you started, creating the other pieces is super simple. I started with a super large circle for me, and a smaller circle for the boys.  I lined my backpack with rip-stop nylon to make it even sturdier.

Total time: About 1.5 hours a piece!
Total cost for the Cap Packs: About $10 a piece

Um ... chills.

Um … chills.

The New Costume:
Captain America sports a darker costume and different chest design than the last movie. To keep it simple, I ordered navy blue tshirts from Target and glue-gunned some gray trim to mimic the new design.

Total time: About 10 minutes!
Total cost for the shirts: About $8 a piece

Busy bodies: Reading comics and saving the world at WonderCon 2014.

Busy bodies: Reading comics and saving the world at WonderCon 2014.

That’s it – you’re done!

Super Hero Mama


Bullet-proof *and* fabulous

18 Apr

I couldn’t let Blake have all the fun at Comic Con 2012 this  summer, so I decided to make a costume all for myself. Given our shared love of Captain America, I went with the obvious. Introducing my new “ultra-ego”: Stef Rogers.

As always, I started with a super sophisticated design before the sewing began. And though the final product varied slightly from the original plan, I did remain true to the key elements, including an incredibly functional “purse shield” that I may not be able to wait until Comic Con to wear.

At first I wasn’t quite sure whether or not the costume was working. Then I found the perfect accessories: a pair of red cowboy boots … and my 3-year-old son. Like my friend said – this super-mama is bullet-proof and fabulous

Stef Rogers

Super (hero) cuteness @ WonderCon 2012

17 Mar


So – as a mama of two sons, there are things in life I’ve grown to love. One of those is the wide world of super-hero goodness, and all of the heroes and villains that come along with it. We got to explore all of those at WonderCon 2012, the little sister of San Diego Comic Con. Though usually held in San Francisco, WonderCon took place in Anaheim, California, this year. I couldn’t miss the chance to let Blake attend one of the biggest “Super Hero Parties” of the year – especially for the relatively modest entry price of $20.

With Captain America!

Of course, we have our “Big Three” – Batman, Captain America and Spiderman, and Blake met every single one of them at WC.


Another favorite part (for me!) was the fact that Captain Blake himself was a major hit, with folks asking to take *his* picture everywhere we went.

No pictures, please. Well, maybe one or two ...

Truth be told, B is not a major fan of posing for pictures with folks he doesn’t know. Even when it comes to hot USO girls who literally begged for him to pose for this [FAILED] photo!

He's *really* going to regret this one day!

In addition to super heroes, we met some rad folks from Star Wars.  Though Blake hasn’t actually seen it, he has read a Wookie book(ie) about Chewie and Han Solo. He was psyched to see Chewie dressed in St. Patrick’s Day garb.

Princess Leia having a moment with R2D2

Arrggh! Chewie!

Another exciting part of the day: seeing Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and Iron Hide up-close. Their costumes were amazing – and they were absolutely enormous.

Bumble Bee, bitches!

One of the best parts of B’s Captain America costume is that it doubles as a pillow when he hits his limit. After a full day of super-hero mingling, he was a tired little muffin and needed a little break from the excitement.

Sleepy Cap

Outside of the obvious, there were some memorable personal moments, as well. One older man stopped me and told me his mother had made him a Captain America costume when he was around Blake’s age, and that it was one of his most precious memories. (He also told me not to let Blake ever throw it away because he would live to regret it.) It reminded me that even though this life is chaotic and crazy, and it sometimes feels like nothing we do matters – those little things (like making a Captain America costume that is far from perfect!) make memories that will last a lifetime.

As for Captain B, he’s resting comfortably after a long day of super hero excitement – and gearing up for the even bigger “super hero party” – Comic Con – in San Diego this summer.


P.S. Warm thanks to Doug Kline, author of the Unauthorized San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide, who donated a portion of proceeds from his book sales at WonderCon to my charity, Safe Warm Loved. All proceeds will be used to sew super-hero themed blankets for child victims of domestic violence at WomenShelter Long Beach. Coolest thing evah!

Captain Blakey hits Long Beach Comic Con

29 Oct

Zombie Parking Only = Great way to kick off the Halloween weekend

So – we were super-fortunate to get a press pass to attend Long Beach Comic Con for PopCultureGeek.com. We had so much fun attending freebie events outside the San Diego Comic Con event that we had to take advantage of the opportunity. Though tiny in comparison, it didn’t disappoint.

Super Man = super thrill for Blake Dean

Storm Trooper, I think.

Now – when I say that the show rocked, please know I speak as a woman who knows almost nothing about comics, and who was attending the show with a 3-year-old boy. From that perspective, we couldn’t have had more fun. Tons of super heroes, monsters, robots, toys, and friendly people.

Playing with his new action figures ...

Blake picked up his first-ever super-hero figurines (used, 3 for $10), including Captain America (go figure), Super Man, and Union Jack. (Props to Doug Kline for identifying him via my cryptic text message asking who the super hero with a … union jack … on his chest might be).

Captain Blakey - what are the chances! Amazing art by Dan "Smif" Smith.

Even more exciting (from my perspective) was this rad piece one of the artists (the very sweet and super talented Dan “Smif” Smith) gave to Blake when he saw his “B” helmet. Turns out he had done a “new” super-hero (a mix between Captain America and Batman) who just happened to wear red, white, and blue, and sport a “B” on his helmet … just like Super Blake. When he saw Blake’s hat, he thought he had to have it. Nicest thing ever!

Star Wars fruities = Blake's dream come true

If I hadn’t been at the show with a toddler, I would have loved to explore more of the artists who were showcasing their work, and some of the cool stuff they were selling. Regardless, it was an amazing time for both me and the monster.

File Under: Things that blew Blake's mind. Rad LED mouse head (mau5head) from Chase Levin

But I’m not a geek. I swear. Really.

xoxo :)

Though shy in the beginning, he owned the place by the end of the afternoon

Captain Blake … er, Blakey America

20 Oct

Captain Blakey

Given our joint love for Captain America, it didn’t take us long to decide what costume I should make Blake for Halloween this year. The only question was how to go about creating the outfit, and ensuring it was one that Blake would actually be willing to wear – whether at his day camp Halloween party or while scavenging our new neighborhood for candy.

I decided to go uber-simple, creating a shield and headband, and allowing him to fill the gaps with a Captain America tee and simple blue pants. All I needed:

Red, white and blue fleece (remnant bin @ 50% off!)

(1) 2 in. seat cushion ($8 – I forgot my coupon or it would have been $4)

Fluff & stuff pillow filling (onhand)

Granted, I’m not a perfect freehand circle-maker. But I think the shield came out really great. Not only is it super useful in terms of protecting myself when Blake charges at me, but it looks super-cute as an extra throw on his bed or the couch.

Best. Little Golden Book. Evah. (Actually, it's really poorly written! But we still love it!)

There is literally nothing in this world that makes me happier than when Blake lights up like a Christmas tree because of something I made him. And let me tell you – he loves this Captain America shield. And I love the fact that it’s something he will still be playing with, long past Halloween just like the Super Blake cape I made him last year, which he sported so proudly at Comic Con this summer :).

Super Blake - still going strong, even after Halloween 2010

Hells, yeah!