Fleece is a miracle fabric: It's a polyester fabric with a soft, felt-like finish that's lightweight, yet warm. The edges don't fray or unravel when cut, and you can opt for no-sew, easy fringe edging or a simple whip-stitched finish with contrasting or matching thread. Fleece is so user-friendly that anyone can make clothes and throws. It's also economical, which gives you even more choices for patterns and colors to match your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
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Spread the fleece on a large, smooth, flat surface. You can make a rectangular shawl or a triangular one. For either style, you'll need at least 60 inches by 30 inches of fleece. Use the measuring tape to square the piece -- all corners should be 90 degrees and the edges should be straight, not tapered. For a triangular shawl, fold the squared fleece in half to form a 30-inch square. Cut on the free edge -- not on the folded edge -- from corner to corner to make the triangle.
To finish the rectangular shawl, measure 4 inches up from each short edge. Mark with chalk. Cut 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch wide strips to make fringe. Brush off the tailor's chalk. Leave the long edges plain or sew a whip-stitch border by hand. To do a whip-stitch, bring the needle from the back to the front and "whip" it over the edge, bringing the needle through again from back to front. Keep the holes about 1/2-inch apart. At the end of the raw edge, tie a knot in the thread and clip the excess away.
To finish the triangular shawl, whip-stitch it all the way around or whip-stitch the one long edge and fringe on the two short edges. Or, attach a silk tassel to each point, which goes well with the whip-stitch finish, especially if the thread matches or complements the tassel color. To attach the tassels, thread the top loop through a large needle and pass the needle through the fleece about 1/2-inch away from each point. Remove the needle and feed the tassel through its loop and pull tight to secure.