No-Sew Halloween Spiderweb Cape TUTORIAL

With October just around the corner, I’m sharing a Halloween costume tutorial today for

It’s really easy and completely no-sew!
It’s versatile too. I’ve made it into a witch accessory, but you could totally just be a spider web for Halloween and put a huge plastic spider on your back.
All you need is:
fleece fabric – about 1 yard for a small child, 1 1/2-2 yards for an adult
tailor’s chalk or sidewalk chalk
1 yard of ribbon
sharp fabric scissors
ruler or measuring tape
*First, I want to explain why using sidewalk chalk is so great. Regular chalkboard chalk is sometimes hard to draw with on fabric, especially fleece. Sidewalk chalk that has gotten wet and then dried again, is softer and easier to work with on this project.
Tip 1: To ensure you have enough fabric for your cape, you might want to measure how long you want the cape to be before heading to the fabric store. You do this by placing the measuring tape at the back of your neck and letting it hang down your back. Most fleece comes about 55-60 inches wide. If you want to keep this a no-sew project, keep in mind that it needs to be no longer or wider than the width the fleece comes in.
Tip 2: Measuring tape can act as a great over sized protractor when you are marking out your quarter circle. Be sure that the tip of the tape stays at the corner and that you mark the same length all the way across to get the proper arc.

Edited to add: Make sure you cut through that slant you drew in Step 5!

Tip 3: As a general rule, a small child’s neckline radius is about 2 inches and an adult’s is about 3 inches.

Tip 4: If you are worried about the chalk outlines, don’t fret. The sidewalk chalk rubs out very easily. If you have some stubborn spots, rub them out with a damp rag or sponge.
And that’s all there is to it!
The fleece adds a little bit of warmth and there is no worry about fraying.
I didn’t plan on making matching costumes for my daughter and me. In fact, it is pretty uncharacteristic of me to do something like that.
But…somehow it just happened. :) I made a cape for her and decided I just had to have one too!
I dressed up for pictures, but I will likely wear jeans, a sweater and this cape and be a spider web for Halloween. I am pretty low key when it comes to my own Halloween attire.
Although, I have to admit, it is pretty fun to flap around the house in this cape and hat and say, “I’ll get you my pretties!” while I cackle at my children. Halloween is so awesome like that. It brings out the suppressed thespian in almost everyone.
For more great Halloween inspiration, be sure to check out C.R.A.F.T. and Really Awesome Costumes!
P.S. My daughter’s witch dress was made using Look 4 from the Five & Ten Designs Volume One e-book. I’ll share more about that and our witch hats soon.


  1. says

    Thank you!! I have been a boring witch these last couple of years but NOW I will be an awesome, SPIDERY witch this year! I am so excited! This is great! What about the hat…did you make that? If so, please share the HOW-TO!! You're the best ;)

  2. says

    Wow, Delia you never disappoint! This is really a fantastic spin on the normal witch costume. I'm starting a weekly post on my blog where i want to feature great posts from the last week in sewing blogosphere. I'd like to include your post. Is it ok if I grab a pic from your post?

  3. says

    Love it! Will be making one for a party coming up… I think I will make a hole and tie on ribbons instead of hot gluing them… maybe a row of slits and weave a long ribbon through to make a gathered tie

  4. says

    Love it! Will be making one for a party coming up… I think I will make a hole and tie on ribbons instead of hot gluing them… maybe a row of slits and weave a long ribbon through to make a gathered tie

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, Delia. You are cracking me up. Those pictures are awesome (as usual) and I just love this idea. I would so love to make one of these and wear it to school. My kindergarteners would go nuts.

  6. says

    I love this so much. We go to a great party with the kids every year and I'm always itching to dress up without actually dressing up. I can just wear all black, pin a glittery purple spider to my shirt and call it done. Thank you so much! And I must say, I dig the matching costumes. She'll only be little for a short time, so take advantage. Those pictures are a fantastic memory. And she&#

  7. says

    I love this so much. We go to a great party with the kids every year and I'm always itching to dress up without actually dressing up. I can just wear all black, pin a glittery purple spider to my shirt and call it done. Thank you so much! And I must say, I dig the matching costumes. She'll only be little for a short time, so take advantage. Those pictures are a fantastic memory. And she&#

  8. says

    Ooops — went back and re-read the directions. The yardage is very clearly there. Sorry — evidently I'm also lacking in reading skills.
    Thanks again for a great idea!

  9. says

    i absolutely love it and plan on making one for myself and my granddaughter. a small heads-up, in the first part i thought you might want to see ("the really awesome 2013…") has handmade spelled wrong. please don't take this as a criticism, just passing on info. again, thanks for this wonderful idea!

  10. says

    I have been thinking about this cape for weeks now. So I finally bit the bullet this afternoon and made one for my twins 9th birthday / halloween Party next month. OMG it turned out fantastic – even if I do say so myself. Absolutely love it. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial Delia, I would never have thought of it myself. Can't wait for Halloween and then my kids party to wear it

  11. says

    Made it today for Family Fun Fest at my son's school tonight. I may have a small blister on my finger though – that was a LOT of cutting! Can't wait to wear it though! My son doesn't want me to be a witch because he says I'm ALWAYS a witch for Halloween so this will be a nice change. Adam thanks you!

  12. says

    I loved this when i found it on a google search. I had no idea what i was going to wear to work for halloween and almost just decided to give up but with this i can make about 7 or 8 different costumes with things i already have. i was also playing around with the extra fabric i cut off for the opening and made a "matching" cape for my weiner dog just for fun, he seems to love your

  13. Jonelle says

    Love this cape! I will definitely be making it to wear for Halloween! Do you think it could also be made out of felt? Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. says

    I read all the post and thought this was so cute. NOT I just sat on the floor for 2 hours cutting all the shapes out and what a BIG MESS. It was Really hard to make clean cuts and have the patterns layed out perfect. The fleece does not keep the shape when it hangs down. Little to say it is in the garbage and now looking for something else. NOT HAPPY WITH THIS AT ALL. Dont help I am sitting on the floor with a broken leg.( NOT KIDDING)

    • says


      I am so sorry that you struggled with this project. That must be so frustrating to have it not work out! The fleece should stretch a little bit as it hangs loose and down, but not too much. My guess is either your fleece is not very good quality, or the fleece between spaces may not be thick enough (i.e. the holes were cut too large). If you don’t want the cuts to stretch at all, I recommend a rain coat or vinyl type fabric. It is much more expensive but it can be easier to cut and will definitely hold it’s shape.

      Cutting takes some time but it helps to have a nice sharp pair of scissors to help it go by faster and not hurt your hands as much. I am truly sorry it didn’t work out for you! I hope you find a Halloween costume or project that you enjoy more. :)



  15. Andie says

    My daughter was going to be Dorothy for Halloween until she saw this as we were scrolling through Pinterest. Then she decided she would be a spider witch. I gave it a couple days of her saying that before I invested, but she was adamant that she would be a spider witch. Then at Kroger, I found a glittery spider witch hat ($5 and on sale) and knew it was meant to be. I just finished her spider cape and she LOVES it. Made it out of felt (I couldn’t remember at the store if it was felt or fleece) and it turned out great. Also, instead of ribbon, I found a big black and purple button with a spider on it, so I just cut a button hole in the fabric and sewed the button on it. Looks awesome, took 30 minutes or so to make, and cost $2.99 for the yard of felt. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I love your site. I never comment, but I thought you had to know that there will be one little girl wearing your design this halloween!

  16. Erin Gong says

    Hey Delia! So I was looking around online for good witch hats and capes for my costume this year and was so excited to discover my favorite pics were yours!! I haven’t been as good at following blogs in the last few years, but this was a fun excuse for me to catch up on old friends. Happy Halloween!

  17. Anna says

    This was so easy! Thank you for the great instructions. I used White Fleece and glued little plastic spiders on my web. You are a great inspiration. My hand was a little sore after cutting out all the holes. I think a rotary cutter on a cutting board may have made this a little easier, but I didn’t have one. Scissors do the trick in a pinch. I just plopped down watching the World Series (GO ROYALS!!) and started cutting. It took me about 2 hours to complete all the cuts. Attached the ribbon and spiders and voila!! Cutest part is I found a spider costume for my black lab and didn’t have any intentions on matching costumes, but then I found this cape tutorial. Thanks again.

    • says

      That sounds so cute! The cutting can get tedious. I’m glad you were able to find a good distraction! How fun that you will be matching with your dog! Happy Halloween!

  18. Rhoda says

    I just made this with felt instead of fleece since it is easier to work with, less stretchy and gives it a crisp look. It turned out great!! I am going to be a black widow spider for Halloween and my husband is an exterminator. Your instructions were excellent and easy to follow. Thanks!

    • Rhoda says

      And forgot to say, the felt is a bit itchy, so for others making this.. if you aren’t wearing long sleeves, I’d go with the fleece.

  19. Amanda says

    I think this idea and the results are stunning! I am making this to go along with my ‘spider queen’ costume this Halloween. One note that might be worth sharing: between steps 5 and 6, you mention drawing a line from the neck to the outer circle to mark off 1/4 of the cape, then drawing in the scallops and areas that will be cut out. The instructions never actually mention cutting off this 1/4 portion to leave you with an open cape that drapes over your shoulders and arms. I kept re-reading the post, trying to figure out how you went from an enclosed circle to an opening with ribbon. Perhaps those readers who are more adept at doing crafts have already figured this out, but it took me a minute (and practicing with a sheet of paper) to realize we need to cut this portion of the material out.

    Thanks so much for the beautiful design – I can’t wait to show it off at our party this weekend!

  20. says

    Hi there. This is an AWESOME cape. I tried to make this, but yours looks so much better than mine, lol. Here in S.A. we call the materiel, felt. We only had our Halloween party a week after Halloween because we had some bad weather. I’m going to list your site on my blog. Love your ideas! My blog is

  21. Stacy says

    I just made this for my 8 yr old. So does not look like how you made it. I need help! Please email me! Am I not cutting it right? I used a yard but it’s so small. And I’m not sure if I’m folding it correctly when cutting. Because my quarter circle did not look like yours.

    • Valerie says

      I had the same problem! I used a yard of fabric that was 60 inches wide and when I folded it into fourths I had this long narrow piece that I could not cut into the quarter circle. I was so excited to do this for my 6 year old (I don’t sew!!) but it is not looking pretty!

      • says

        Hmm…Sorry about that. It can help to cut the fleece into a square first before folding it into fourths. Also…when you measure the quarter circle, you won’t be using the whole folded rectangle of fabric, just the part you marked out with your pen/string protractor. I hope that helps? Let me know if you have any more questions. I would love to help you trouble shoot.

        Delia :)


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