Luscious wraps are easy to make. They add color to your existing wardrobe with a simple fabric length of two yards. Matching embroidery floss is all you need to complete this project. Choose a fabric that does not have an obvious right and wrong side. Sheers work especially well but you can use almost any fabric that is soft and drapes well. If your fabric has multiple colors in it, or shades of one color as my blue wrap, consider buying floss in two colors and blending them to create the fringe. I chose a mix of dark blue and light silver blue which resulted in a beautiful accent for this wrap.
step 2 - Using a loose, removable stitch in a contrasting color, sew a straight line the length of the fabric, 3/8 from the edge. Do not allow the stitching to gather the fabric. Smooth it out as you sew.
step 3 - Create another line of stitching on the same edge, only this time sew 5/8 from the first row of stitching.
step 4 - Repeat these two lines of stitching on the opposite side.
step 5 - Turn the hem on the 5/8” lines and press with an iron. Then turn on the 3/8” lines of stitching and press, concealing the raw edge. If the fabric does not take a sharp crease, use pins or long hand stitches to hold the hems in place.
step - 6 Re-thread the machine to match your fabric color. With a permanent machine stitch, sew the hem in place, on both long edges, then remove the four rows of temporary stitching.
step 7 - Follow steps 2-6 to hem the width edges of the wrap.
step 8 - Cut 200 lengths of embroidery floss to about 6.5” long. Floss is made up of several strands. Do not separate them. Use the floss strand as it is.
step 10 - Repeat folding and threading the floss and piercing the fabric at .25” intervals until you’ve worked across one edge of the wrap. There should be approximately 100 pieces of fringe on one side. (The wrap can also be worked at .50” intervals or larger, as I did with the blue wrap. This required only 50 pieces of fringe on a side.)
step 11 - After the fringe is attached, lay the wrap across a flat cutting surface. Place books or other heavy objects on it so it doesn't slip around.
step 12 - Comb all the floss so it lays flat. With painter’s tape, secure the floss to the surface 2 inches away from the hem edge. Using a maker, draw a line across the tape 3” from the hem edge. With a rotary cutter or a very sharp craft knife, slice along the marked line, cutting through the tape and the floss beneath. When all the floss has been cut, remove the tape. All the edges of the floss will be even.
At Fabric Shop
- 2 yards of fabric & matching thread
- 4 pkgs. embroidery floss
- Painter’s tape
- # 16 embroidery needle
- Rotary cutter of craft knife