How to Make a Fabric Shawl or Stole

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How to Make a Fabric Shawl or Stole
Sew a simple shawl for those times when a sweater is not appropriate. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

When you wear a gown or a dinner dress, it's often a challenge to find a sweater or jacket to complement the look. When wearing a summery, backless dress you often want a little something that wards off the chill but doesn't hide the dress. A shawl is the perfect solution. Wrapped around your arms and across your back, it keeps you warm but doesn't hide the beauty of your dress. Make this simple shawl in the fabric of your choice and you'll have something that is versatile and practical.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1-1/2 yards of 54-inch fabric
  • 3 yards of fringe or beaded trim
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Pin the trim on two adjacent sides of the right side of the fabric, 1/2-inch from the edge. Make sure the beads or fringe is toward the inside of the shawl.

  2. 2

    Fold your square piece of fabric into a triangle with the right sides together.

  3. 3

    Pin the sides together along the same stitch that attaches the trim to the fabric and stitch together, stopping 3 inches before you get to the end. Be certain that the trim is not going to get caught in the stitches.

  4. 4

    Turn the shawl right side out through the opening. The fringe or trim will now show on the outside of the shawl.

  5. 5

    Iron the seams flat with a hot iron.

  6. 6

    Stitch the 3-inch opening closed with a blind stitch.

Tips and warnings

  • For a simpler shawl, follow the same directions but don't add the trim. Some types of trim, where the stitching can be hidden in the base, can be sewn on after the shawl is completed.

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