Hopes and Seams

Crafts, refashions, and sewings to DIY my way through life

Christmas Dinner Capelet

MATERIALS NEEDED: Fabric (enough to make a 2 ft by 2 ft square), coordinating fabric for a collar, scissors, sewing skillz (either by hand or machine)

PART 1: MAKE A SQUARE. So I got this skirt for free when I picked up that peplum-dress dress 🙂 but since my waist is NOT the size of a remote control, I decided to repurpose it into a little capelet! Of course, you don't have to get a square of fabric from a skirt; you could just go buy some fabric (more than 1/4 yard, less than a 1/2?) I would recommend doing this with a fabric that doesn't fray so that you don't have to finish the edges

I cut it straight down the middle...

...and snipped off the elastic waistband. I ended up with a rectangle of fabric, which I then cut in half, laying the pieces side by side...

...to make a square 🙂 If you trim the sides (like I did) to make it more square-ish, make sure to save the strips, b/c you will use them later. (Ignore those curved corners. and the beanbag.) PART ONE: DONE!

PART TWO: MAKE A COLLAR I measured around my neck and then grabbed a scrap sleeve from some shirt (made of jersey) and cut it into a ring, where the inner circle was the circumference of my neck. ALTERNATIVELY (and more easily) you could grab an old t-shirt you don't wear, and cut off the neck hole 🙂 You should try to keep it as 1 piece - mine is in 2 b/c I didn't have enough fabric

Assuming your collar is a ring, make one cut into the center, and round the edges of the cut like so. (It looks like my mom's hairdo. heehee!) and hey - PART TWO is DONE! 😀

PART THREE: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER Lay your cute peter pan collar directly over the center of your fabric square. Mark the placement of the inner ring and...

...hollow it out!

At this point, your square is still a square, but it has to become a circle! so cut those corners off to make it a perfect circle..

...or...not so perfect...oval. 🙂 Sew all the pieces together, making sure to leave a front opening. No pics of this next step, but see the opening? Clip those corners to mimic the curved edges of the peter pan collar (see finished product pic for visual - 😦 sorry). Almost done!

PART FOUR: PUSSY BOW Gosh - a capelet with a peter pan collar and a pussy bow?!? TRIFECTA OF CUTENESS! You could easily grab some ribbon and skip making the bow ties yourself, but if you'd like to, grab those left over strips of fabric from earlier and sew them into two long..err..tubes. Make sure to sew them right sides together, and then flip inside out, because... 😦

...when the tube's flipped inside out it should look like this (no visible raw edges).

NOT this (fat visible seam in middle). 😦 😦 ANYWAY.

Fold the tube's end onto itself twice and sew it to the capelet right under the collar, on the inside of the capelet. Make sure to fold the edge UNDER and then sew, like this.

Do NOT fold it OVER and then sew. 😦 😦 fail. But hey - swing it over your shoulders, tie the bow, and....

...voila! 🙂 Seriously EASY right?! It's just TWO CIRCLES sewn onto one another with a HOLE IN THE MIDDLE and two string things to tie it shut!

And that's it! I'm off to an imaginary Christmas dinner, friends! 🙂 Have fun!!!

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3 thoughts on “Christmas Dinner Capelet

  1. What a great upcycle project! The skirt looks much better as a capelet! Enjoy your dinner! :o)

  2. omg you’re so cool.

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