I posted over at Little Miss Momma the other day and thought I would post the tutorial over here as well.
I sincerely love Ashley and her blog. She is a quality person who is beautiful inside and out. She has great style and is honest. She tells it like it is. I love that she doesn’t sugarcoat her life but instead shares the awesome and awkward with us. :) She definitely inspires me in craft pursuits and in life. She also has a rockin’ etsy shop that you must check out.
She asked me to share something Thanksgiving related with you but…I failed. All I have been thinking about is Christmas! Once I hand out that last Halloween treat, I am mentally singing Jingle Bells until New Years. I don’t like to decorate just yet – in fact the thought gives me hives, but for the whole month of November I am hand-making gifts, crafting up the Christmas decor to put up later, preparing my advent calendars and planning, planning, planning. So the closest thing I could come up with for Thanksgiving is actually something you might need the day after…Black Friday!
A deep pocket scarf…
It is a simple fleece scarf with deep pockets for your hands.
So while you’re waiting in line at 4 am you can stay warm….well as warm as you can get I guess. :)
They are fun, easy, and inexpensive to make! My kind of project.
Let’s get started.
1/2 yard of good quality fleece. Most fleece is 60 wide. This is what you want and the measurements I will be using. It should be nice and thick and soft. It is sometimes a little bit more expensive but not by much. I got mine at Walmart for $4.44/yd. So it came to about $2.50 ish after tax.
scissors and a rotary cutter is nice but not necessary
2. Cut the second piece of fleece into rectangles to extend the length of your scarf.
You want to try to match up the pattern if you can. I cut my length to 12.5 inches long and 9 inches wide. Save the extra material for the pockets for later.
3. Pin right sides together.
If you look closely there is a right and wrong side to fleece. Well, different sides I should say. You can decide which one is “right” for your project purposes. There is a smoother side and a slightly fuzzy side. Just make sure the sides match.
Sew along the short side leaving a quarter inch seam. Repeat for the other end of the scarf.
4. You can leave the seam out and raw. I like to sew it down so it looks a little cleaner. Pin if you like. I didn’t. I just pushed it downward and sewed a parallel line to the first seam.
Go slow to make sure you get a nice straight line and to ensure you catch the seam.
5. Now add your pockets. I cut mine about 10 long and 9 wide to match the width of the scarf. I tried to match the pattern as much as I could here too.
6. Pin the pockets about 2.5 inches above the end of the scarf. You are going to cut fringe here in a bit. If you want longer or shorter fringe, by all means adjust this measurement.
7. Sew around all sides except for the top of the pocket. I sewed a 1/8 inch seam. I started at the top side of the pocket and when back and forth 4-5 times before continuing on around the pocket. I then went back and forth at the end or top part of the other side of the pocket to strengthen it. The top of the pocket gets pulled on a lot so it just helps it hold better.
Repeat for the second pocket.
8. Cut your fringe.
And you’re done!
Of course you can do this without pockets. You will likely want to just use a 1/4 yard piece of fleece. This scarf is measured to be longer so that when you wrap it around your neck you can still comfortably put your hands in the pockets. If you want one without pockets. Stop after step 1, cut your fringe and you’re done. A warm fleece scarf for a buck.
If you want a fancier pocket, I give you a word of warning. I tried a gathered pocket front. It made the scarf heavy and bulky at the ends. It made it look awkward and the pocket wasn’t as attractive on the scarf as it was before I attached it. You might have better luck, just be warned that any bulk on the scarf can look different than you thought…that’s how it went for me.
I like how streamlined this pocket is. If you aren’t using them they don’t get in your way or stand out too much. Plus this is easier to make. :)
Because of the extra length you can wrap it around your face. Add a beanie…or three…and you’re set for crazy shopping at the wee hours of the morning.
My hair looks like it is the wee hours of the morning here. :) I was going for that look…right…
If you prefer to knot your scarf in the front it works well that way too.
Don’t you love how I kind of picked a Christmasy print too? Ha ha. Sorry Ashley. If it matters, I plan on wearing this print in February too!…Heck…April since it snows that long around here.
Have a great day and stay warm everyone!