Make a Warm and Practical Fleece Shawl with Pockets

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    Materials Needed to Sew a Shawl with Pockets

    Make Warm and Practical Fleece Shawl with Pockets
    An Easy to Make Warm and Practical Fleece Shawl with Pockets. Debbie Colgrove

    This project is perfect for your gift list! Buy fleece while it is on sale and you have an economic gift that will keep the recipient warm and is bound to be used while they knit, crochet or sew while they watch television.
    Sewing two of these shawls is more economical than sewing one, so even if you only need one for your gift list, consider making two and donate the second one to a local nursing home or hospital.

    Materials Needed

    • 60-inch wide polar fleece fabric
    • For one shawl: two yards and there...MORE will be wasted fabric
    • For two shawls: two and one-third yards. There will be no wasted fabric, so watch that they are cutting your fabric straight and squarely when you purchase it.
    • Thread to match
    • Optional: Embroidery design or applique on the center of each pocket.
    • Optional: Yarn to hand sew a blanket stitch around the edge of the shawl.
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    Cutting

    cutting diagram for a shawl with pockets
    Shawl with Pockets Cutting Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Follow the blue lines in the diagram to cut the fabric.

    For a Two Shawls with Pockets

    Cut the selvages off of the fabric.

    Square the fabric ends. Using rotary cutting tools.

    Divide the length of the fabric in half.

    Cut two pockets by dividing the half in half again as shown in the diagram.

    For a Single Shawl with Pockets

    Cut the selvages off of the fabric.

    Square the fabric ends. Using rotary cutting tools

    Divide the length of the fabric in half.

    Cut the pockets out of one of the lengths of fabric....MORE Consider making a hooded scarf with the remaining fabric.

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    The Pocket

    The Shawl Pocket
    The Shawl Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    On the pocket piece, turn under an edge that is one-quarter the width of the fabric edge or one inch.

    Sew the hem in place by sewing as close to the turned under raw edge as possible. In the sample shown here, double needles are used.

    Find the center of the pocket front and place your machine embroidery or applique if using.

    Mark the center of the bottom of the pocket and the center of the end of the shawl.

    Match the marks, aligning the bottom edge of the pocket with the bottom edge of the shawl.

    Use...MORE a decorative stitch or a blanket stitch to sew the side edges of the pocket in place.

    Repeat for the other end of the shawl.

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    Finish the Edges of the Shawl and Bottom of the Pocket

    Finish the Edges of the Shawl and Bottom of the Pocket
    Finish the Edges of the Shawl and Bottom of the Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Although Polar Fleece will not unravel or fray, it is advisable to finish the edges of the shawl to stabilize the fabric so the edges do not become stretched out of shape as the shawl is used over and over again. These steps are optional but encouraged.

    Round the corners of the shawl by using a round template (a plate or an embroidery hoop) evenly on all corners.

    Use a serger or decorative sewing machine stitches to sew the entire edge of the shawl and attach the bottom of the pocket in the...MORE process of finishing the edges.