January Free Design: Cozy Wrap

January 1, 2019By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month, Garment, Projects 41 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Finished size of wrap is as follows:

  • Small/Medium: 20-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long.
  • Large: 25-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long.

Materials and Supplies

  • Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine with 4-inch hoop capability.
  • SA5810 Brother medium weight tear-away stabilizer.
  • SA5931 Brother medium weight fusible cut-away stabilizer.
  • SA520 Brother lightweight water-soluble stabilizer.
  • SA147 Open Toe foot
  • Brother Free Design of the Month: Heirloom Hearts.pes
  • Brother Embroidery threads
  • Basic sewing notions including a press cloth, sewing thread to match fabric, embroidery needle for embroidering, and size 11 stretch needle for sewing.
  • A rotary cutter, mat, and long ruler are recommended for cutting. As an alternative you can carefully measure and mark fabric, and then cut with dressmaker shears.
  • Fabric for Wrap: ¾ yard of 60-62-inch wide polar type fleece for size small/medium. 7/8 yard of 60-62-inch wide polar type fleece for size large.
Tip: It’s a good idea to pre-wash the fleece before using it. Pre-washing reshapes the fabric and removes excess lint.

Brother Free Design of the Month:

Steps to Create Cozy Wrap

  1. Prepare fabric as follows:
  • Trim away all selvedge edges.
  • For small/medium size cut one piece measuring 20-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long for wrap, and one oversized piece measuring 4-inches wide X 8-inches long for pocket strip.
  • For large size cut one piece measuring 25-inches wide X 60 to 62-inches long for wrap, and one oversized piece measuring 4-inches wide X 8-inches long for pocket strip.
  • Round off the corners for easier edge finishing. See Figure #1.
Tip: A plate measuring approximately 8-inches in diameter makes a good template for rounding corners.
Figure #1
  1. Transfer free design to your machine. Cut an 8-inch square of tear-away and place pocket strip in center. Layer with water-soluble stabilizer on top and hoop with strip in center. Embroider design so it forms down the lengthwise center of the strip. See Figure #2.
Figure #2
  1. Carefully remove excess stabilizer and wash out water soluble. When piece is dry, cut to equal 4-inches wide X 7-inches long, with embroidery in center of strip. Fuse a piece of the cut-away stabilizer over backside of embroidery to keep stitches from scratching glasses. Note that fleece is very heat sensitive. Press lightly, using a press cloth to completely cover fabric.
  2. Pin pocket piece on right or left side, measuring so bottom of pocket is 2-inches from short edge, and side of pocket is 2-inches from long edge. See below:

Tip: Position the pocket on the left for a right-handed person and on the right for a left-handed person.
  1. Set machine for standard sewing. Sew sides and bottom edge to fleece using a medium zigzag stitch. See Figure #3a and #3b.
Figure #3a
Figure #3b
  1. To finish edges of fleece, replace standard foot with open toe foot and set machine for an open style overcast stitch, changing width to 7.0 and length to 4.0. See Figure #4.
Figure #4

Begin stitching in the center of one long edge, stitching from the right side and aligning raw edge with the inside toe of the presser foot. Stitch carefully and avoid stretching the fabric as you stitch. Overlap the stitches slightly when you reach the point where you started. See Figure #5.

Figure #5

This stitch makes a nice finish on both the right and wrong sides. See Figure #6.

Figure #6

You are finished! Enjoy!

Options and Ideas:

  • Line entire pocket with lightweight fabric instead of fusing stabilizer to the backside.
  • Purchase additional matching or contrasting fleece to make larger patch style pockets. You can embroider on each one and then stitch to the lower edge of both right and left sides of wrap.
  • Consider using a three-thread wide stitch on the serger to finish edges of the wrap.
  • If you would like to make a wrap that is longer, purchase additional fabric, cut two strips, and then sew the pieces together to create a seam at the center back.


  • Looks great..Can you tell me what Brother machine Joanne used. I have a CS60001 and would like to update and I like the scissors feature on that machine. Thank you

  • I have an Innovace NQ1600. It only embroiderer. So using my sewing machine e, what would be a good stitch for seams

    • HI Loretta,

      If you would like to create a project like this wrap you’ll find the featured overcast stitch is available on many machine models at all different levels. In other words, It’s a very common stitch. Let me know if I can help any further.

  • Is the finished piece a large rectangle, or are the ends joined together like a poncho? The picture looks like it was joined, but I didn’t see mention of that step in the directions. Please clarify, as I would like to make one for my sister as she is going through chemo.

    • Hi Sandra,

      It is a large rectangle with rounded ends. When wrapped around the shoulders it can look a little “poncho like” but it’s essentially a shawl. You could add a closure at the front if you wanted to. Even something like narrow ties could be added at the bustline to hold the front together. Keep in mind the fact that a wider (25″) piece will provide more coverage. I wish your sister a full recovery from her treatment.

  • Joanne, such a cute and quick wrap. I’ve read the instructions several times and don’t see anything about sewing the edges of the rectangular fabric together to make it a wrap. Is there anything specific we should know? I haven’t made it yet but I’m thinking we can just guesstimate where and how to do that.

    • HI Linda,

      Thanks for your comment! This wrap is really like a shawl so there are no seams. Once it is wapped over the shoulders you could certainly add a front closure to keep it closed. It would be best to position the closure near the bustline. Narrow ties, or even a fabric loop with a button opposite the loop would work well. With soft fleece it wraps very nicely across the back and around the shoulders.

  • The front of the wrap looks as if you sewed it together. Did you overcast the front right and left side together or zig zag? Threat step isn’t mentioned in the tutorial.

    • Hi Colleen,

      When this was photographed the two front edges were brought very close together to keep it from slipping off the small mannequin 😉 It may look like the front is sewn, but it’s just that the two edges are meeting together. I hope this helps clarify the tutorial for you.

  • Thank you so much! Lovely new design. Anxious to use it on many things – the Cozy Wrap will be the first project!

    • Hi Carol,
      Glad you liked this. The design is pretty isn’t it? It’s nice to have a design that’s a little delicate looking to use on garments, etc. Have fun stitching!

  • Joanne,

    There isn’t a step on how to connect the two sides down the middle in the description. What stitch did you use to join the two sides? And…how far down did you start the connection and end?

    • Hi Shelly,

      Let me explain a bit more about the wrap. It is worn like a shawl with the front open and the rectangle wrapped over your shoulders. I agree that on the mannequin in the photo it appears to be closed. When you wear the wrap you can adjust it to sit where you like it and you could even add a closure at the front. I hope this helps!

    • Hi Laura,

      Thanks for leaving your comment. Two pockets would be great! You can purchase extra fabric or use remnants from previous fleece project if you have any leftovers. Just remember to stick with fabric that doesn’t need pressing. Enjoy!

    • Hi Janelle,

      Thanks for sending you question. Let me try to help. First you would click on the link to save it to your computer. There are a variety of ways to transfer the design to your machine so it varies according to your machine model. Many machines have a USB connection and a popular method is to save the design file to portable USB media and take it over to your machine. If you need any more help please let us know what machine you have and we can be more specific.

    • Hi Laura,

      Sorry if I confused you. When flat this pice is just a rectangle with rounded corners. In the photo the two front edges are touching one another but the front is completely open as this is worn like a shawl. I hope this helps to clarify.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your comment! This wrap is pretty warm with just the one layer of fleece. I think with this soft style you would probably want to leave it as as single layer.

  • This is a very useful project. May I ask how the center front seam was constructed please? I did not see that in the instructions.

    Thank you,


    • Hi Donna,

      Thanks so much for writing with your comments! If you read some of the other replies you’ll see that the front is actually open. Truth be told, I secured the wrap to the mannequin so It wouldn’t slip off when I took the photo. It seems I secured it so well that it looks like its sewn shut :-0

    • Hi Sandy,

      Absolutely! You can embroider the design with any 4-inch hoop, or even a larger hoop if you like. The edge finishing stitch is stitch number 1-19 on the Dream machine.

  • I have attempted downloading the heart designs but one shows corrupted. Has anyone else found this challenge? Great cape and intend to make for sure. Thank you.

  • Hi Jan,

    I did some testing myself and downloaded the design from the supply list, and then from the link under the heading of Free Brother Design of the Month. Both of them opened without issue on my machine. If you are saving the design onto portable media perhaps you can try an alternative media device and see if it works for you. Let us know if we can help further.

  • I made this cute project today. Very fun and easy. I didn’t think about it until after I stitched the embroidered pocket onto the wrap, but I should’ve finished the top edge of the pocket similar to the wrap edge finishes before attaching. Perhaps you can add this step in the instructions for us newbies. Thank you for providing such fun and doable projects.

  • Thanks for giving such clear instructions for the wrap! I was able to make one in less than an hour. (Not as pretty as yours, but I was pleased with it!). I’m planning to make several as gifts. Love it!!

  • This a great beginners project thank you!
    I made it and added some embellishments like bias tape around the edges and an additional pocket. I also did a hook and eye for a front closure.

  • Joanne,
    I am going to tackle this today as it’s something that I’ve needed for these cooler evenings. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful projects. I always look forward to learning through your projects.

  • Can you finish the edges with your serger? I have the wave stitch on mine and think it may look nice with some decorative thread. Have you seen this done?

  • Hi Joanne the Wrap looks very cosy I have to wait a while we have summer here in Queensland[Australia]but in Winter I will make it.we never need a Coat so that is very nice.

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