Sew a Simple Lined Fabric Shawl

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    Materials & Cutting Directions

    A woman in a shawl
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    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.

    Materials Needed

    • 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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    Square and even up the edges of the fabric
    Square and Even. Debbie Colgrove
    • 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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    Sewing while leaving an opening
    Sew Leaving an Opening. Debbie Colgrove

    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. Tips and Tricks to Sew Corners

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    Trim, Turn and Press

    Trimming, turning and pressing the fabric
    Debbie Colgrove