Shawls look great whether it is winter or summer. A shawl makes a wonderful accessory to nearly any outfit. You can make a statement of elegance or just go casual depending on the fabric used. The beauty of the shawl design is that you need no pattern and no fitting is required. Make several to keep on hand. Shawls come in very handy in a theatre or restaurant when the air is chilly. If you are looking for a great gift to give, a shawl can be a beautiful, easy and relatively inexpensive present.
Lay out your chosen fabric. You will need 1 2/3 yards of 60-inch wide fabric or 1 ½ yards of 54-inch wide fabric. Square the fabric. If you do not have the sewing tool for this, just trim your fabric in a perfect square as closely as possible. Your fabric can be silk, wool, cotton or fleece. There are a huge variety of beautiful fabrics to choose from.
Sew your trim on two sides of the square piece of fabric. You will need 3 yards for the 54-inch fabric or 3 1/2 yards for the 60-inch fabric. Stitch the trim down one side, turn the fabric and continue sewing the trim down the next adjoining side. You have many options available for your trim. Tassels, ribbon, beads and fake fur are fun possibilities. Look around for inspiration and put your own twist on your creation.
Fold the square fabric into a triangle by bringing the part of the fabric with no trim across on the side with the trim. Pin the edges together. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are together.
Stitch the triangle edges of the shawl with no trim to the edges with the trim to form one piece. Try to keep your stitching over the stitching you did previously when adding the trim. This will keep a cleaner look to the shawl. Leave a 4-inch opening along one edge.
Turn the shawl right side out using the 4-inch opening.
Iron the fabric well. Stitch the 4-inch opening closed.
This fabric shawl project should only take about 30 minutes. Combine two different fabrics. Use different colours together or use stripes and prints. This is a great way to express your own personal style.