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How to Sew a Textured Vest

Photo: Sloan Howard

This bohemian-style vest is cute, comfortable, and super quick to make. Its unique texture comes from a simple shrinking technique that essentially crumples fabric. Mary Ray shares this technique in this article from Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 5. To create it, choose a natural fiber fabric that has not been preshrunk. Then, machine-quilt at least three layers of the fabric together, finish the edges, soak the garment in water, and let it tumble dry. It will automatically shrink and pucker between the stitched quilting lines. Quilt, bind, and shrink fabric for this casual outer layer.

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