How to Make a Capelet

Written by craig barney
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How to Make a Capelet
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A capelet is a short shawl that drapes around the shoulders and hits midway between the shoulder and elbow. This style of outerwear can be made in a variety of fabrics making it switch easily to fit your personal fashion niche. A rich, soft material in an even tone makes a capelet that you can wear with many different outfits. You can also choose a more striking or distinct material to make a single, particular look.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon
  • Snaps

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  1. 1

    Cut out a piece of fabric so it is 14 x 66 inches. Use sharp scissors to cut the fabric.

  2. 2

    Make nine equal pleats along one of the 66-inch long edges of the fabric. Pin the pleats in place. Each pleat should be 2½ inches wide, leaving about 5 inches on either end of the fabric unpleated.

  3. 3

    Stitch the pleats, using a straight stitch on a sewing machine, a quarter inch from the edge of the top of the pleat.

  4. 4

    Lay the fabric on a table so the pleats curve the material. The fabric should be a semicircle with the pleats in the inside of the curve. Trim the two outer corners to round them off. The fabric should be a rounded off "C" shape.

  5. 5

    Fold a length of ribbon in half lengthwise and place it around the unpleated edge of the material so the raw edge is covered with the ribbon. Sew the ribbon in place on the fabric.

  6. 6

    Cover the raw edge of the pleated side of the fabric and sew it down in the same way as you did the unpleated edge.

  7. 7

    Place the capelet around your shoulders, with the pleated edge around your neck and mark where you want to attach the closures with pins.

  8. 8

    Sew the snaps onto the pinned marks on the capelet with a needle and coordinating thread.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a material that looks nice on both sides because the underside will be visible when you move.
  • Make sure the needle on your sewing machine is suitable for the material you are working with or the needle will break while you sew.

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