Hey Gang! So today I’m going to show you a super easy tutorial on how to make a capelet that is really a versatile item for lots of Halloween costumes!
You can make a version for an Anna from Frozen costume, a red one for Little Red Riding Hood or just accent the costume you already have going for some warmth on those chilly Halloween nights.
Alright let’s discuss supplies:
So for the cape that Alexis is modeling so beautifully I used 2 yards of fabric.
-Fabric 1 is 1 yard of Spellbound Elixir Cotton Black
-Fabric 2 is 1 yard of Spellbound Haunted Forest Cotton Lilac
-1 Yard of Grosgrain Ribbon
Okay, now let’s cut out our cape!
First fold your fabric in half, the way it comes off the bolt, and then in half again width wise (a hamburger fold)
You should have a square-ish piece that is 4 thicknesses deep.
We are going to measure diagonally from the center tip down. You do not want to measure from any open edges. My photo is actually incorrect, but you will get the idea!
Keeping the tip of your ruler in the same place rotate the ruler around and mark a dot at the 2 1/2 ” point until you have a nice curve. You can also use a protractor if you like.
Now following the curve you’ve already made measure down the edge 15″ and mark a dot. Keep doing this all the way around your first curve to create the curve of the bottom of the cape.
Cut along those lines. Keep it folded.
Place that cut piece on to the next piece folded the same way and cut out that piece too. This will make sure that even if your curves are not perfect they will still match pretty well!
You will now have 2 large circular pieces. You will have to cut the opening at the front of the cape.
Trace a straight line down the front and cut only one piece of fabric. Do not cut on the fold like I have shown, or else you will have 2 pieces and you only want one full piece.
Put the two sides of the capes together with right sides facing each other. Cut your grosgrain ribbon in half so you have 2 1/2 yard pieces. Where the neck like ends you are going to pin a piece of ribbon to the edge with the majority of the ribbon on the inside of the cape like is shown below:
Do the same for the other side.
Now stitch all the way around the cape leaving a 1″ gap in your stitch to turn the cape right side out.
You will now have something now that looks like the photo above. Here is a close up of the gap in my stitch:
Flip the cape right side out pushing out all of your corners.
Now top stitch all the way around your cape closing up your gap as you go:
Now you are all finished! Add a cute witch hat and you are all ready to go! Great for an easy office costume or for trick or treating with the kids! Happy Halloween!