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April 15, 2013

PINSPIRED: Five minutes to up, up and away

What child hasn’t run around the house with a towel tucked into the neck of his or her shirt, pretending to be Superman, or Batman, or Wonder Woman?

I did it. My boys do it. It’s imagination at its finest, and the superhero play has only increased since we recently watched the Disney/Pixar superhero ode, “The Incredibles.” (Although they did not take that film’s ultimate message about capes and the safety thereof to heart, apparently.)

The problem with those towel capes ... they keep falling off. Superman Jr. doesn’t look quite as cool when his cape drifts away behind him ... and Batman looks downright silly when he trips over his own cape. What’s a superhero-wannabe to do?

Pinterest to the rescue!

It was one of the first pins I ever pinned, but for some reason I never got around to it until I had Pinspired to think of. (My boys thank you, Pinspired column.) It’s one of those almost too-simple, common-sense “Why didn’t I think of that?” things.

Simple as this: Get an old T-shirt. The faded, the slightly ripped, even the stained-down-the-front. Lay it down with the back facing up. With a sharp set of scissors, cut in a straight line from the bottom right corner of the shirt to about an inch to the right of the collar of the shirt. Do the same on the left. You can use a straight edge of some sort to be sure this is perfectly in line. I didn’t bother. (OK, the line wound up a little ragged. My little superheroes didn’t care.)

From one side or the other, start where you left off and cut around the front of the shirt, leaving the collar intact, ending where the other cut left off. Remove the front and side piece of the shirt.

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