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Materials and Cutting Directions
You blew the budget on a beautiful dress for an evening out, and now the weather report says it's going to be chilly. Here's a simple, economical free project that will make a fabric shawl to eliminate the worry of the weather turning cold.
- 2 yards of 45" wide fabric (To have a different backing or lining you will need two yards of two different fabrics, but it will be enough to make two shawls.)
- Thread to match.
- Optional: To have a lace effect, choose solid fabrics and lace fabric. Baste the lace to the right side of one of the fabrics and treat it as one fabric throughout the remaining instructions.
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- Cut the selvage off the fabric. Square the ends and cut the width of the fabric 22-24" wide. The width of the fabric is your choice. Dividing the length in half allows for two shawls, leaving it wider will give you a wider shawl but require more fabric. (Find more on squaring fabric.)
- Lay both fabrics on a flat surface, perfectly smooth with the right sides of the fabric together.
- Trim both layers of fabric so that the edges match and they are the identical size.
- Align all of the edges and pin the edges together.
- Double-check that the layers are smooth and the same size. Make adjustments if needed.
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Find the center of one long edge (by folding the length in half and marking the fold) and measure 3" to each side of the center to mark a 6" area. Place double pins at the beginning and end of the 6" area or make markings with fabric marking tools, such as tailor's chalk. These pins or chalk marks will be reminders not to sew that area.
Leaving the 6" opening in the center of one long side, sew all edges using a 1/2" seam. Back or Lock Stitch to Secure Your Sewing so that it is secure and remains sewn as you turn the fabric right side out. When you reach a corner: put the needle down, lift the presser foot, turn the fabric and then put the presser foot down again to pivot at the corners.
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Trim, Turn and Press
- Press all the seams as they were sewn. Pressing Tools
- Trim all four corners and grade the seam allowance to remove bulk.
- Turn right side out through the opening in the side. Press the seams to the edge so that the seam stitching is at the very edge once it is pressed.
- Slip stitch the opening closed.
- Optional: Topstitch close to the edge to keep the edges in place, pivoting at the corners as you did when sewing the seams.