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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Homemade: Fleece Shawl with Pockets


Finished Shawl

We live in a cold climate and I love easy ways to keep warm. I saw this Fleece Shawl with Pockets in a catalog and thought, "I can make that for cheaper." I found the fleece on sale for 60% off, making it $3.99 a yard. I purchased 1 yard, but didn't need that much.

Measurements of the Shawl - 19" x 65" with two 8" x 8" pockets


Cut a piece of fleece 19" x 65" 
(Note: I would make it a bit longer for someone my height 5' 6".)

Cut two pockets 9 1/2" x 8".
There will be 1 1/2" folded over at the top of the pocket.

Fold over 1 1/2" for the top of each pocket and pin in place.


Sew straight across the edge of the top of each pocket.

Each end of my fleece has a selvage that I needed to remove.  
(Note: I would make the shawl the other direction in the future to make it longer.)

Line up the pocket in the middle of the bottom edge of the fleece right up against the edge and pin on each side and the bottom of the pocket.

Sew the pocket onto the shawl in a "U" shape, reversing the stitch at the top of the pocket on both sides. Remove the pins as you go making sure that your needle does not hit the pins or it will damage your machine and bend the pins and the needle.

Finished pocket sewn onto shawl.

The catalog version is on sale for $6.95 plus tax and shipping. My homemade version was about $3.00.

Two things I would do differently on the next one:

  1. Make it longer than 65". I feel it is a little too short for my height at 5' 6".
  2. Make the pockets slanted, rather than straight across the top. I think they would be more comfortable that way.

2 Responses so far.

  1. katie says:

    We do homemade Christmas gifts between the kids and this is so perfect for my son, a beginner in sewing, who drew my seven year old daughter. I hope tweaking it down to her size is not beyond my skills, as I am a beginner too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Katie,
    I think this would be very easy to modify. I would measure the "wing span" - from finger tips, across the shoulders, and down to the fingertips on the other hand. This would let you know how long to make it. for most kids, I think 8-10 inches would be good. But, measure for the best fit. :-)

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