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Anyone Can Sew a Hooded Fleece Scarf
What could be better than a hood and scarf in one? It's perfect for those who don't like wearing a fitted hat and it's less likely to fall off when loosely tied or wrapped. Plus, it's a great sewing project for older children or teens who want to try making their own accessories.
Because it's made with fleece, the sewing process is minimal. You don't even have to finish the edges! But there's also a lot of room to enhance or embellish a scarf like this.
With inexpensive materials and about 30 minutes (or less), you'll have your own hooded scarf. Then you can start making a few more for gifts!Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Hooded Scarf Tools and Materials
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- 2/3 yard fleece (1/3 yard if making for a small child)
- Rotary Cutter
- Large Ruler
- Cutting Mat
- Sewing Machine
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Cutting and Assembly
Straighten and square up the edges of the fleece with a long ruler and rotary cutter. Cut the fleece into two equal strips. They should end up being about 12 inches wide. If your fabric wasn't cut straight at the fabric store, you may end up with slightly narrower strips. This is okay, as long as the two pieces match.
Note: If you are making your scarf for a small child, straighten the edges, but leave the fleece as one piece that is about 12 inches by the width of the fabric. Fold the strip in half instead of sewing the top seam listed below.
Pin and sew the two strips together to form one long piece
On the sewn or folded edge, mark 8 inches from the front edge and 5 1/2 inches down from the top along the back. Use a ruler and rotary cutter to cut away the angled piece.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Sew and Shape the Hood
Pin and sew along the angle, then sew down about 2 inches on the back. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.
Serge or zig zag the seam allowance.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Adding Fringe to the Scarf
Cut the ends of the scarf to the length you desire and to remove the selvedge edge. For a long scarf, you may only want to remove an inch or two, but you could remove as much as 8 inches.
On the ends of the scarf, make 6-inch cuts that are 1 inch apart to form the fringe. Depending on the width of your scarf, you may need to adjust the width of the strips slightly so they come out even.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Ideas to Enhance a Simple Scarf
- Attach a button and an elastic loop near the chin area to hold the scarf closely together.
- Finish the edges with a serger or use a wider piece of fleece or other fabric and hem the edges.
- Add detail while finishing the edges by working blanket stitch around all of the raw edges.
- Make matching mittens or gloves.
- Instead of fringing the ends, embellish them with buttons or embroidery.