I Am Supercapes – Giving Children the Power to be Children
I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to share with you an inspirational story of a craft-based initiative which aims to give every child the chance to be a superhero, no matter what difficulties they face in life.
I Am Supercapes was formed by Claudia Beard following the devastating typhoon which hit the Philippines in November last year. Claudia and a friend, who was born in the Philippines, began a collection to send to the country. Claudia’s attention soon turned to the children whose lives had been devastated by the destruction and she wanted to give them something to relight their imagination, something bright and captivating, something to give them the power to be children. This then extended to very sick children here in the UK, with the aim to let them be kids again. The answer was to make them superheroes, and the idea to sew and send capes was born.
It’s a pretty amazing thing to do, right? I found out about I Am Supercapes through Saskia, aka Dotty Bobbin, who left a lovely comment about it on one of my blog posts. Saskia runs weekly sewing classes for both adults and children from her home in Hemel Hempstead and her Wednesday evening class has been getting stuck in with making a batch of capes for Claudia to send overseas. If you would like to get involved, Saskia has a fantastic step-by-step guide on how to make a cape on her blog, which you can find here.
Saskia said: “I thought it would be nice to give a little back so we started to sew the capes. I have six ready to go now, and my aim is to have 10 before I post them off to I am Supercapes. I know we don’t have to embroider them, but it does look nice don’t you think?!”
I’ve got to admit that I don’t know one end of a sewing machine from another but I might have to try and learn so I can make a cape to add to Claudia’s collection.
If you want make a cape then why not have a go using Saskia’s pattern and send your bright and inspirational cape to Claudia?
Happy superhero love!