Freemotion Shawl Project

Carol Ingram
Freemotion Shawl Project

Combine appliqué and free-motion stitching techniques to create a unique shawl for use for any occassion.


28"x70" rectangle of woven fabric (linen or other fabric with drape)

7"x18" rectangle each of accent fabric & lightweight fusible web

Temporary spray adhesive (See "Source.")

Water-soluble paper stabilizer (See "Source.")

Thread: 30-wt. rayon (matching accent fabric) & 12-wt. cotton (matching main fabric; see "Source")

Presser feet: open toe appliqué & free-motion

Rotary cutting system

Removable fabric marker

Wood embroidery hoop

58" length of purchased fringe (optional)

Serger (optional)

Sew It

If attaching purchased trim, cut the shawl to 24"x70".

Thread the serger with four spools of matching 12-wt. cotton thread or thread the sewing machine with matching 12-wt. cotton thread.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply fusible web to the accent-rectangle wrong side.

Using a rotary cutting system, cut four 1/4"x18" strips, four 1/4"x15" strips, four 4" squares and six 1" squares from the accent fabric; set aside. 

Mark a line 1/2" to 1" from and parallel to each main-fabric short end, depending on the desired fringe length.

Using a triple stitch, stitch along the line.

Serge- or zigzag-finish each long edge. Fold each long edge 1/4" toward the wrong side; press, and then straight stitch close to the edge.

Place the shawl right side up on an ironing surface. Use the accent fabric shapes to create a design on one lower corner; fuse. Create a mirror image design on the opposite short corner; fuse.

Apply water-soluble stabilizer to the shawl wrong side under the design area using temporary spray adhesive.

Using a decorative stitch and 30-wt. rayon thread, stitch each strip perimeter. Select a decorative stitch that's relatively open, such as the featherstitch, and align the strip edge along the stitch center. Gently tear away the stabilizer from the shawl wrong side, pinching the stitching between your fingers to avoid distorting the stitches.

Apply another piece of stabilizer to the shawl wrong side using temporary spray adhesive.

Hoop the design area in a wood embroidery hoop to keep the design taut during free-motion stitching. Attach a free-motion foot onto the machine and select a straight stitch with a 0mm length. Insert the hoop under the foot. Stitch a stippling pattern over the squares in the desired design. Remove the fabric from the hoop and the stabilizer from the design wrong side.

Repeat to stitch over the remaining design area.

Remove any stabilizer residue following the manufacturer's instructions.

With right sides together, fold the shawl in half widthwise. Stitch the long edge opposite the designs for 18" from the raw edge.

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Attach purchased fringe to the short ends, or pull the threads from the raw edges up to the stitching lines.


Sulky of America provided the KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive, Paper Solvy, 30-wt. Rayon thread & 12-wt. solid cotton:



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