30 Minute Shrug Tutorial


Seriously, this shrug really only takes 30 minutes.  It’s made out of fleece (endless cute options) so don’t have to finish seams.  This tutorial is for a girl’s size medium, with 3/4 length sleeves.   It would be simple to adjust to other sizes.  I found some really cute pink fleece in the remnant bin that will make a great shrug for me.


Fleece 48″ x 20″

2 pieces of 3/8″ elastic, 9-1/2″ each

1. Find center of long side of fabric and mark with a pin. (I know, kind of a given, the center would be at 24 inches.  It’s just a lot easier to fold it in half and mark it.)

2.   Now we are going to make the sleeves and the opening for the body.  I made the body opening 24 inches.  Fold the fabric up lengthwise.  Measure from the center (marked with your pin) 12 inches (you know, half of 24).  Start pinning there out to the end of the sleeves.  Do this on both sides.

3.  Sew, using 1/2″ seam allowance and a straight stitch.  You are only sewing from where you marked at 12 inches from the center to the end of the sleeve.  Repeat for the other sleeve.  You should have a 24 inch opening in the middle after you have stitched your sleeves.

4.  Press your seams open.  Continue to press 1/2″ under on unfinished edge of body opening.

5.  Press under 1″ on sleeve ends.

6.  Using a zig-zag stitch, (because I like them and little girls like them) sew close to the raw edge on the sleeve ends to make your elastic casing.  Leave an opening to insert the elastic.  (I know the bobbin stitches will be on the outside.  It’s just easier for me this way, I can see what I’m doing.  Plus zig-zags and fleece are very forgiving.)  I like to wait until the end to put in the elastic.  You can do this in whatever order you want.

7.  Using a zig-zag stitch, sew close to the edge around the body opening.

8.  Put elastic in the sleeve casings.  Stitch ends together using a zig-zag (because it stretches better).  Make sure your elastic isn’t twisted.  Sew your opening closed.

That’s it!  You are done!

Measurements for a different size:

For the length of fabric, measure from the top of the back (center of neck) to the point of the back where you want the shrug to go.  Then add an inch (for seam allowance)

For the width of fabric, decide how low on the arm you want the sleeves to go.  Measure from that point on one arm across the back to the same point on the other arm.  Add 2 inches for seam allowance and elastic casing.

For the body opening, measure from the underarm to the center of the back and add 2 inches.  I pinned this after I cut the fabric and had Sarah try it on before sewing.  She wanted hers a little looser.

For the elastic length, just wrap your elastic around the point on arm where the sleeves are ending, add and inch for seam.

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