How to Make a Stole Like Pastors Wear

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How to Make a Stole Like Pastors Wear
Sewing clergy stoles is simple and inexpensive. (sewing machine image by pavel siamionov from

Clergy stoles are worn by pastors while conducting worship services and they often change their stoles with the seasons of the church year. Some pastors also reserve special stoles for use at weddings, funerals and baptisms. Making stoles is quite simple and much less expensive than purchasing custom-made vestments from a supplier. Using inexpensive fabric and embellishments, you can create stoles for each season and event in the life of the church.

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Things you need

  • Three yards of canvas
  • Tape measure
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Embellishments
  • Fringe

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  1. 1

    Trace a basic stole outline onto the canvas using tailor's chalk. The outline should be 13-inches wide by 8 feet long.

  2. 2

    Cut out the stole outline using fabric scissors, setting aside excess material.

  3. 3

    Fold the stole in half lengthwise, right sides facing each other, ironing it along the folded edge to create a crease.

  4. 4

    Pin the raw edges of the folded stole together using sewing pins, thread the sewing machine and sew around three sides of the stole, leaving a gap so you can turn it right-side out.

  5. 5

    Turn the stole right side out so that the raw edges are not showing and then slip-stitch the remaining raw edge.

  6. 6

    Cut the fringe to the appropriate length for the ends of the stole and sew it on using matching thread.

  7. 7

    Attach any desired embellishments to the stole. Appliqued crosses, doves and fish are ideal but embroidery and lace are also possibilities. Iron the stole once more and hang it until it is ready for use.

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