Shawl Tutorial: Putting it all Together

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Now, we’ve talked about all the materials and options you have, we’ve talked about how to decide how big you want the shawl to be, it's finally time to put it all together! For myself, I put the flame on first so that the stitching is hidden on the inside and you cannot see it on the lining. I personally feel this also gives it a little more freedom to flow. I have two different constructions here in my personal shawls. For my Raising shawl, the lining was sewn to the outer fabric and then all three sides were hemmed before adding the fringe and trim. This is a simple option if you don’t want to worry about bagging out and getting the ends of your fringe caught in the seam.

My personal preference, this is usually when I’m using chainette fringe, is to sew the fringe to the outer fabric, with the long ends pointing in and the top edge even with the outer edge of the fabric. ((Note: I didn’t have any progress pictures from any shawls I made of these steps so I just put together some stuff for picture examples. So don’t go out looking for someone wearing a pink linen shawl, with brown fringe, and a black, forest animal lining. If it exists, I didn’t make it.))


Outer fabric with fringe to sew for bagging out



Outer fabric and lining with fringe sandwiched between



A peek inside to see how it should look




Then I sew the outer fabric and the lining fabric with the right sides together, along the two lower, fringed edges. I sew most of the top edge together, leaving myself just enough of an opening to turn the whole shawl right side out. I like to topstitch the whole top edge (which is how I close the opening) but you can also hand stitch the opening closed. If your fringe has a fun border you can also do the bagging out without the fringe and then sew that to the outside so that the border is still visible.


A close up of a top stitched edge

 

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That looks gorgeous! Can't wait to try these techniques myself. :joy

I also grabbed some seam tape, too, as my brocade fabric seems to be disintegrating on the edges...
 
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