As a volunteer with the non-profit cat rescue, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, I sprung into action when our dear leader Shawn Simons mentioned being in need of a cape. She was to receive an award for her work in the community and wanted a superhero cape so that it would be clear that she really is a superhero for homeless cats. Because of her, there are well over a thousand cats that now have happy, loving homes who would otherwise be living on the street.
She specified wanting black and red fabric with the word "MEOW" across the back. The rest was up to me! I used a cape pattern from a Wonder Woman costume and had to trim a solid eleven inches from the bottom to make up for how tiny Shawn is. Had I left it as it was, it would have been very close to dragging on the ground as she walked, and frankly, we can do better than that.
The cape itself is reversible, a black on white "MEOW" across the back on the red fabric. Unfortunately for everybody, my attempts at using a janky old laundromat in my neighborhood left me with snagged fabric and a small hole on the red side. How disappointing! I pointed this out to her when she stopped by to pick it up, but she was so happy with the results that she didn't even mind the nearly invisible hole. Crisis averted and a lesson learned in not using that laundromat!
As part of my ongoing volunteer work with Kitty Bungalow, I've also dedicated some time each week toward sewing new trap covers for use in our TNR program. If you'd also like to pitch in, you can send us some donations here!