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How to Sew an Easy Shrug

Jan 05, 2012
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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…

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  1. user-1117814 September 12th

    Has anyone tried this? It looks cute.

  2. User avater eatsallinsects April 8th

    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 April 8th

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

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