Back in my teens, fancy dress was a big deal. I used to spend hours making elaborate DIY Halloween costumes from scratch (yeah, I was pretty cool 😉 ). In fact, this obsession with making was how I developed many of the sewing skills I still use today! However, I’m now a fully-fledged adult – complete with a mortgage, a job, bills, taxes, responsibilities… and a serious lack of free time. So any fancy dress costumes I now make have gotta be pretty quick. If you’re anything like me, then I’ve got the perfect easy Halloween costume idea for you!
This DIY spider web t-shirt took me about an hour to make, from sketching the design all the way through to wearing the finished thing. Team it with a few plastic spiders and you’ve got a super quick, effective and easy Halloween costume. Which means more free time to try other Halloween crafts!
This post is sponsored by Singer. I used my trusty Singer Patchwork 7285Q to sew the 3D spider web design onto a t-shirt. To do so, I used the included roll hem foot, which was a bit of a hack (it’s not technically designed for this) – but it works really well!
Easy Halloween Costume Idea: DIY Spider Web T-Shirt
Tools and supplies
- A plain t-shirt
- Contrasting yarn or string (1-2mm thick)
- Tailor’s chalk
- Sewing machine and thread
- Roll hem sewing machine foot
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- Before you start making your DIY spider web t-shirt, give your t-shirt a good press with a hot iron. It’ll be so much easier if you have a wrinkle-free t-shirt to work with, trust me!
- Using tailor’s chalk, sketch a spider web design directly onto your t-shirt. It’s up to you where you draw it, but I like the asymmetry of having it in the bottom corner of the front panel. Although it would also look pretty cool across the shoulders, or across the chest.
To draw your spider web, start off by sketching a series of straight lines, all crossing over in the centre. Then link these straight lines with shorter, slightly curved lines. Don’t worry too much about it being exactly neat – spooky spider webs are perfectly imperfect!
- When you’re happy with your sketch, it’s time to sew on the detail. To do this, it’s easiest to use a roll hem foot. I first talked about this foot in my DIY embroidered handkerchief post, where I used it to create a clean, easy hem. However, I’m using it in a slightly different way this time round. We’ll be using it to help feed the yarn or string that will create the 3D spider web effect on your t-shirt.
To use the roll hem foot, you first need to feed in the end of your yarn through the foot. The end of the yarn should sit behind the sewing machine (pointing away from you). This leaves the “live” end of the yarn (i.e. the main bulk of the yarn) in front of the machine.
With the yarn correctly positioned within the roll hem foot, simply position your t-shirt under the sewing foot and sew as normal. If you’re using a fine jersey t-shirt, ensure that you do not over-stretch it as you sew, as this will distort and buckle the fabric. To avoid this, ensure there’s plenty of slack in the fabric as it’s fed through the machine. And make sure you sew slowly and carefully!
- Sew each line of the spider web one by one, slowly building up the design. As you finish each line of the design, carefully trim away the excess yarn/string until the spider web is complete.
I told you this was an easy Halloween costume idea! The roll hem foot can take a little bit of getting used to, but if you’re familiar with basic machine sewing then you’ll have no problem.
If you aren’t keen on the DIY spider web t-shirt design, then you could use this same process to make a whole range of other designs. Why not try sewing a skeleton, bats, or even the words “Happy Halloween“? Anything goes at the most spooooky time of year! – Mike.
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