How to Make a Wedding Shawl

by Lynn Johnson

Items you will need

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Lace or fringe trim
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Silk pins

A woman’s wedding is one of the biggest days in her life. Many women spend their lives thinking about and planning for their wedding. One of the biggest decisions when planning for a wedding is the dress. It can be difficult to find the perfect wedding shawl to match a bride’s dress. You can create a custom shawl that is perfect for her wedding dress.

Step 1

Choose a fabric that goes with the wedding dress. A silk fabric such as charmeuse or a crepe drape well and would make an elegant shawl. Cut two yards of the fabric. Trim both ends so you have a straight line.

Step 2

Fold 1/4-inch of the selvage ends to the back of both sides of the fabric and iron flat. Fold the ends back ¼-inch again to hide the selvage. Iron the new fold. With a sewing machine, sew along the inside edge of the fold to secure the folds. Iron flat. Both sides of the fabric should be hemmed.

Step 3

Fold the cut ends of the fabric to the back of the fabric ½-inch and then iron flat. Fold back again ½-inch and iron. The raw edges should be inside the fold.

Step 4

Measure the length of the ends of the fabric. Add ½-inch to your measurement. Use the measurement to cut 2 pieces of fringe trim or lace. Fold back ¼-inch on each raw side of the fringe or lace and then sew a ½-inch line down to secure the fold. Place the right side of the lace or fringe to the right side of the shawl with the ends touching. Sew ¼-inch from the edges of the trim and fabric. Repeat for the other side. Open the fabric to the right side. Iron the seam of the trim and fabric towards the fabric one each side. Sew 1/8-inch from the edge of the fabric to hold the seam to the fabric.


  • You can make similar shawls in different colors for the bridesmaids.

    Silk is not necessary but is more elegant than a synthetic material.

    If you are trimming with lace, you can cut the outer edges of the lace along the pattern rather than folding back and hemming for a softer finish.

    For a larger or smaller shawl adjust the measurements accordingly.


  • Prewash your fabric and trim before constructing to make sure the shawl does not shrink after it is constructed.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.