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15 Free Wrap & Shawl Patterns to Sew
And because a wrap or shawl usually consists of a single piece of fabric cut into a
simple shape (often a rectangle or square), it can make a great first project for a
beginner who's just learning how to sew. A sewn shawl or wrap can also make a
great project for an experienced seamstress because it can usually be whipped up
quickly in an evening, giving her the satisfaction of a completed project.
And since most of the construction of a wrap or shawl consists of hemming raw
edges, here are some tips for hemming your wrap:
To more easily sew a narrow hem (if you don't have a presser foot for this purpose
or don't know how to use it), turn your fabric under one quarter of an inch, then
sew very close to the folded edge of the fabric. Trim the raw edge close to the
stitching, then turn your fabric under another eighth of an inch. Then sew your hem.
Or, instead of hemming the edges of your wrap or shawl, give it a lining. To do this,
simply place two pieces of fabric right sides together and stitch along the edges
(leaving an opening for turning). Then turn your wrap right side out and press.
Or, depending on your fabric, you may want to finish the edges of your wrap with a
blanket stitch sewn by hand.
And if you want to avoid hemming altogether, make your wrap from fleece or from
another fabric that doesn't ravel.
Sew casual shawls and capes, and more formal evening wraps with this collection of
fifteen free patterns & tutorials for fabric wraps and shawls gathered from all over