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How to Sew an Easy Shrug

Create this simple shrug in less than an hour. Use two simple measurements to draft the shrug pattern, cut the fabric and armholes, and finish it off with binding.

For a super-comfy version, choose a thick fabric, such as fleece. For a more sweater-like creation, opt for a loose knit. You can also choose a sheer organza for a dressy evening look. Finish the raw edges with rib-knit strips or stretch binding, which shape easily around the curved edges. For an extra-warm option, topstitch two layers of fleece together. You can even try a quicker no-sew version; make the shrug in fleece and leave the edges raw, or cut them with pinking shears.

Whether you make it in a lightweight fabric or in a cozy knit, this shrug is the perfect addition to any wardrobe, regardless of the season. Nicole Smith shows you how to turn a circle of fabric into an elegant wrap in this article from Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 5

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  1. janel100 | | #1

    Has anyone tried this? It looks cute.

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    eatsallinsects | | #2

    I have cut one out for an artist's mannequin (12" tall) but can't get the courage to cut one for myself!
    Getting a correct measurement in the back is holding me up.

  3. Diiane60 | | #3

    I don't want to pay for something that looks so simple. Looks may be deceptive I know......

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