|No baby goats were harmed in the making of my shawl|
I found this pretty poly cotton blend, turquoise, 2-way knit fabric for $4 a yard (and I think I may have had a coupon too). I bought 2 yards and stashed it in my craft room until there was time to work on it. Finally about 6 months later - I have my own shawl now. Here's what I did:
Step 1 is to lay out the fabric so that I could mark and cut a 1/2 circle. with my fabric folded longways and my selvages matching up - I trimmed up my short edge to a nice 90 degree straight line. The width of my fabric was 60" (30" folded in half)
|1. Truing up my cut edge|
|2. Measure and mark a 26" semi circle from the folded edge|
Cut out the 1/2 circle.
Using the precut circle curve as my guide - I measured 18" down from the cut curve line and marked it to cut.
|3. Using the pre-cut curve as my guide. My fringe border piece measures 18" long. Stop where you can have a full 18" width of fabric & a right angle to your bottom mark.|
Then I opened my fabric & continued to mark. Now, the cut piece won't go all the way around the edge of the shawl (it's too short), so you need to cut a little more.
|4. Using my fringe border piece as a template to trace and cut out a bit more fringe border|
|5. Cutting a bit more fringe border to make sure it will go all the way around the edge of my shawl.|
After I finished cutting out all my 18" fringe border pieces, it's time to sew. First, hem the straight edge of your half-circle. Second, connect your fringe border pieces at the straight lines. Third, sew your fringe border section to the half-circle section.
|6. Pinning the fringe border to the shawl edge to prepare to sew.|
I wanted a top-stitched, flat-feld seam look, so I trimmed one side of my seam allowance, then pressed both seam allowances to the trimmed side. Last, I top stitched it down so. (knit fabric does not fray, so no need to finish the seam allowance any further)
|7. Pressing my seams to the inside & then top-stitching them|
|8. The border sewn to the shawl & top stitched down|
Now it's time to cut the fringe. My fringe is .5" wide at the top and .75" wide at the bottom. Because I'm cutting on a curve, your fringe pieces are more like wedges & not straight fringe. Also, there were a few areas where I removed some excess fabric triangles (probably about 4 or 5 spots) because some of the fringe pieces just didn't look nice. I started working from the fringe border seam area out - that way I could make sure the seamed piece became it's own fringe piece.
|9. Cutting out the fringe pieces|
|10. 3 strand fringe pieces tied together.|
|11. I also tried it using just 2 piece strands since my fringe is fat... didn't like it. I untied them & used the 3 pieces method.|
Voila - a $8 fringe shawl!
Next time I might try the easier method of just cutting one big 1/2 circle & fringing the bottom - OR - cutting a straight fringe border & sewing that to a semi circle to see what I get.
Followup...I have a post where I made one of these out of fleece & did no sewing at all - worked like a charm!