The handmade holiday making has begun! It started with an inspiring post on how to make a no sew shawl from Wee Folk Art (which I found through One Pretty Thing). The shawls are sooooo warm and toasty and so easy to make! They are simple style shawls with frayed edges. These are still a work in progress but here is what we have done so far:
The shawl needs to be a square to fold properly so I used a piece of 46″ x 46″ cotton flannel for each of the 4 shawls. I’m planning on sewing an extra 5 inches onto the precut width and make my shawl 51″ x 51″ for a little roomier shawl, since I could only find 46″ width flannel at the fabric store. I bought the gorgeous 100% cotton plaids for myself and gifts for my sisters. I bought the fun 100 % cotton flannel owl print for the little ladies. However, Fauna is in love with the blue plaid and seems to have adopted mine! I was watching Rob Roy the other night and the women were bundled up in beautiful plaid shawls; I love it that this is something my Scottish ancestors would have made and worn!
We prewashed the fabric; it came out of the dryer already fraying, so we sat down and frayed some more. This was so easy for the little ladies to help me do! I found that I needed to cut the salvaged edges off the plaid print because they wouldn’t fray prior to this. I didn’t have to do this with the owl fabric though.
To fray you simply pull the threads across the fabric.
I am going to sew an inch border around the outside of the shawl to prevent anymore fraying in the dryer when complete. I am finally getting out the sewing machine; I’m up for the challenge and I know it will be very easy to sew a simple stitch following one of the lines of the plaid. Important note: it really depends on your fabric choice on whether you need to sew a border or not. Some fabrics will not fray very much in the washer and dryer. Flannel will, so it is necessary to sew around the border when using flannel.
Really, very simple. Fauna is planning to make some for her friends for the holidays too. Be sure to check out Kimara’s (Wee Folk Art) beautiful post for more tips on making these easy shawls (then be sure to stay a while and check out many other wonderful ideas, it’s a mother/daughter team that is very generous with free patterns and tutorials)!
One last photo of me in my shawl, drawn by Araina! I seriously can’t take it off to finish it, it’s just so warm and comfy!
I will share more handmade holidays as I go along. Happy making!