No-Sew OlyFun Spider Web Capelet Halloween Costume

Categories: Costume, Halloween, Holiday

Around Halloween, we all scramble to come up with quick costume ideas for those last minute parties. This no-sew OlyFun spider web capelet is an answer to your conundrum. It can be used as a capelet, but if you make the center circle larger, it will go over a fluffy crinoline skirt. I made it in jet black OlyFun, but if you want it to stand out more, make it in Snow White OlyFun. OlyFun is great for intricate cuts, like a spider web, as it doesn’t fray and cuts like paper. This took me a little over an hour, which is awesome for that moment you realize a costume is needed immediately! Want your spider web costume to shimmer? Spray some fabric glitter over it! Wear all black and a spider in your hair or a spider broach on the web, for a classic look. For something more whimsical, wear bright colors and pay homage to those giant orb weaver spiders that creep around making huge intricate webs, every Autumn…catching those late Summer insects and saving you some mosquito bites while you get your trick or treating on. Otherwise, they’re harmless, much like you after one too many candy bars. We’ve all been there.

What you need to make this project

1.25 yd OlyFun in Jet Black
1.25 yd OlyFun in Snow White (optional)
White Chalk
Tape Measure
Large Fabric Scissors
Small Sharp Scissors
Straight Pins
Quilting Ruler
Damp Paper Towel

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Step One

Measure around the wearer’s neck. Divide that measurement by 3.14 (aka pi). This will give you the diameter (distance across) of your neck circle. Divide this measurement by 2, giving you the radius (the distance from the circle edge to the center). If you want to make a skirt topper, use the waist measurement where the underskirt will sit on the body.

EXAMPLE: Neck measurement is 15″. Divide the neck measurement by 3.14 = 4.77, giving me the diameter. Divided the diameter by 2 = 2.385. For measurement sake, I’m rounding that up to 2.5, giving me a total neck measurement of 15.7, which works well for having the cape tie at the neck. It will work out!

I should have checked my math memory before making this project, I was going by my honor’s math daughter’s quick answer, and the diameter measurement was used as the radius…oops. So make sure you have the correct measurement before starting.

Step Two

The width of a 1.25 yard of OlyFun is 39″. With the large fabric scissors, cut the OlyFun to 39″ long, for a square piece. Fold in half. Fold in half again, making an evenly folded square.


Step Three

At the folded center corner, use the tape measure and chalk to mark out your radius in a curve.

Step Four

Measure from your neck circle to the fabric edge. Mark that measurement in a curve, radiating from the neck circle, creating what looks like a donut…small inner circle and larger outer circle, only in 1/4.


Step Five

Pin on the outside of the small curve and inside of the large curve, through the folded fabric layers. Using the large fabric scissors, cut along the drawn lines. Open the folded fabric once, repinning the edges along the circles.


Step Six

Draw a straight line 1″ from a folded edge, with chalk. Pin the fabric slightly beyond the 1″, through the 2 layers of fabric. Cut along that fold completely. Cut along the line, leaving 1″ uncut at the neck. This creates a tie for wearing the capelet.


Step Seven

Draw a scalloped edge along the large curve. The scallops should curve up, like a spider web. The amount is up to you. Pin the scallop edge through the 2 layers of fabric, above the scallops. Cut along the scalloped edge lines.


Step Eight

Using a quilting ruler, draw a straight line from each scallop’s point tapering to the neck circle. These are guides for an even web grid.


Step Nine

Using the chalk, draw scallops connecting the long lines. At each long line, draw two smaller vertical lines connecting every other scallop along the column. Two connected scallops up, getting closer to the neck circle, I changed to connecting 4 scallops together, following the curve. This helped with spacing. Draw a X in each connected scallop space. This marks where to cut pieces out.


Step Ten

Pin each straight line section through both layers of fabric. With the small scissors, cut out those X marked sections. I found folding the fabric at each line, and snipping it through that fold helped access each section, and cleanly cut along the shaped lines.

Step Eleven

Wipe the damp paper towel over the chalk marks to remove them.

Step Twelve

When you are complete, it should look similar to mine.