How to Sew a Fleece Cowl Capelet

How to Sew a Fleece Cowl Capelet


Hi I’m Angel with All Free Sewing and FleeceFun.com.
Today I’m going to show you how to make a cute cowl capelet- perfect for fall. For this
project you will need the following items. You’ll need a yard and a half of fleece and
you might need a little bit more or a little bit less. A yard and half of fleece works
for a medium size cowl with a double collar. If you’re just going to make a single collar
or your size is larger than that you will probably need more or less fleece depending
on it. So please just pull out the pattern and measure it yourself to decide how much
fleece you’ll need to be on the safe side. You’ll also need thread of course, scissors,
and the assembled PDF pattern. To get the PDF pattern go to FleeceFun.com, find the
cowl capelet, click on that, once you find that, find the pattern envelope, click on
that, and that will download the PDF for you to print out. For more instructions on how
to assemble PDF please visit FleeceFun.com’s channel. Alright now that you have all those
things it’s time to start cutting out the pattern. Now you’ll need to decide if you
want an extra thick collar or a single thick collar. Now in the example it’s a double thick
collar and I will tell you it’s quite warm. It’s probably not something you want for light
fall weather, it’s more late fall/winter. So decide how much of the fabric you’re going
to need to cut out if you’re going to need to double up on the collar or not. So you’re
going to, first of all, cut two of the capelet. Now you’ll notice that there is the back side
of the capelet and the front side and it’s all used on one pattern piece. So what I recommend
doing is doubling up on the fabric, depending on the size, and cutting it out. Once you’ve
done that cut out the scoop part of the capelet- that’s going to be the front part- so then
just take one of those pieces and cut out that scoop. Then you should have one piece
that is flat on top and one piece that is scoop on top of the capelet. Once you have
that, set that aside, and it’s time to cut out the collar. If you’re doing a double collar,
double thick, you’re going to need to cut out two of the front and two of the back and
it’s the same thing we just did with the capelet. You have one pattern piece that actually cuts
out two different ways. So in the example, I made a double thick collar, so I cut out
two of the front side that’s the part with the curve and then you’re going to trim the
pattern down and you’re going to cut out two of the backside and that again is for a double
thick collar. If you’re making a single thick collar you’re going to cut out one of the
front side (the one with the curve) and then one of the backside (one with the straight).
Alright, now that you have all your pattern pieces it’s time to start sewing. We’re going
to begin with the capelet. So taking the two capelet sections that you have, place them
right sides together and pin each side of it. You can see what I am talking about in
the pattern example. Once you’ve pin each side and make sure that they line up correctly
because it is an asymmetrical line on the bottom. Pin each side and then you’re going
to sew each side using a half inch seam allowance making sure you leave the bottom and the top
open. Once you’ve done that set the capelet part aside- it’s time to start on the collar.
Now for the double thick collar. What you’re going to do is you’re going to take the two
front pieces and you’re going to place them right sides together. Once you’ve done that
you’re going to pin the top and you’re going to sew it, using a half inch seam allowance
the top. Once you’ve done that you’re going to take your backside and again pin it at
the top, you can see what I’m talking about in the pattern example, with right sides together
and then you’re going to sew using a half inch seam allowance on the top. Now it’s time
to sew the front of the cowl to the back of the cowl. So what you’re going to do is you’re
going to place them right sides together and they won’t line up perfectly because you have
the front with the curve and you have the back with the straight line. You just want
them to meet at the corner right there and pin it so it will start making a diamond shape
to the other side. You’re going to make sure to leave both ends open. Then, using a half
inch seam allowance sew along
the side. Now it’s time to make it a total tube. So you’re going to go to the other side
and you’re going to pin it using a half inch seam allowance and again leaving the ends
open using a half inch seam allowance you’re going to sew that side.
So now you have a really big tube. Alright
now that you have this huge collar it’s time to fold it in half. Now before you do that
I recommend there are certain intersections where there is a lot of fabric bunched up.
You’re going to want to trim that. Just trim it down so that it will lay nicely. Trim that
down. Now you’ve got this long tube. Turn it right side out. Now that it’s right side out you need to fold
it in half. So you want the curve sides to meet so curve to curve, straight to straight,
fold it in half so the seam is basically your fold line. Once you’ve done that I recommend pinning
that on the double thick collar and what you’re going to do is you’re going to sew a basting
stitch about a quarter inch in from the edge of the fabric all the way around. The basting
stitch is important because it will make it easy to attach the collar to the capelet.
So what you need to do is just pin the bottom so you have wrong side to wrong side. You’re
going to pin the bottom and just do a basting stitch – just a really long straight stitch-
just to make it stay so it will lay nicely and it will make it really easy to attach
the capelet. Now that’s for a double thick collar. Single thick collar, much easier to
do. What you’re going to do is you’re going to take your front side of the cowl and the
back side of the cowl and you’re going to place them right sides together. Then you’re
going to sew, then you’re going to pin each side leaving the top and the bottom open.
You’re going to pin each side and then sew it using a straight stitch and a half inch
seam allowance along each edge. Alright, now that you’ve done that it’s time to turn under
the top part of the cowl to make it look nice. So turn it under a half an inch and then pin
it. After you’ve done that sew using a zig zag stitch right along the edge of the fabric
all the way around just to make it look nice. Alright once you’ve done that whether you’ve
done a single thick or a double thick collar it’s time to attach it to the capelet. So
whether you have a double thick collar or a single thick collar the process is the same.
What you’re going to do is you’re going to take your capelet and you are going to turn
it right side out. Ok? So the seams are in the inside, the fabric is right side out.
What you’re going to do is you’re going to take your collar and you’re going to line
up the lines so the curve down part is going to match up with the front of the curve down
part of the capelet. So front side to front side, back side to back side. And what we
do is we want the seam to actually be on the outside and the collar is going to cover it.
That way you don’t have the seam rubbing it against your neck it will just make it a lot
more comfortable for you. Alright so, what you’re going to do, and you can see it better
in the example, you’re going to pin. So if you’re using the single thick collar it’s
going to be right sides to wrong side of the capelet. If you’re using double thick collar,
it’s right side no matter what you do so it will also be right sides to wrong side and
you’re going to pin that all the way around. Alright, now it’s time to sew the collar onto
the capelet. Sewing slowly because you want it to look nice and if you’re using a double
collar it can really be a lot of fabric you’re dealing with and you don’t want it to bunch
up underneath the needle so take your time, start at a shoulder seam, and using a half
inch seam allowance sew all the way around and attach your cowl to your capelet. Great
you’re almost done. Just one more step. What you’re going to do is you’re going to turn
under that bottom edge of your capelet, a half an inch and using a zig zag stitch sew
it all the way around just to finish it off and make it look really nice and that’s it.
You’re finished. You have a great capelet that looks great with jeans. It looks great
for a formal night out on the town. It’s a very versatile and warm comfortable thing
to wear for fall. If you like this pattern you might also like the ribbon hat pattern.
That pattern is free and available on FleeceFun.com. You might also like our scarf pattern, candy
stripe scarf pattern. It’s so cute and fashionable. For more great patterns and tutorials you
can visit Allfreesewing.com. You can also visit my website FleeceFun.com. All my patterns
are free as well. Have a great day and remember velvet is pretentious, fleece is fun.

14 thoughts on “How to Sew a Fleece Cowl Capelet

  1. You talk WAY too much and fail to show the actual garment long enough for us to see what you are doing. Should have modeled it at the end.

  2. Thank you for your video. You are a very good teacher. I really like the way you explain things in such an easy to understand way. Also you are easy to listen to and your joy is contagious. How kind of you to share your expertise and free patterns with us. Thank you. 🙂

  3. When you say that the seam will be hidden at the end of the collar, waist area, so does that mean I can't lift, stretch the collar to cover my head as hood, and then the seam will show up.

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