When you live in cold climates, scarves are more than a fashion accessory; scarves are a necessity. However, many stores sell scarves that are intended only for fashion and not for warmth. Sports stores and active wear stores charge more for scarves than they are worth. A good, warm scarf can be made for your children (or for yourself) with a minimal outlay of money and time.
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Decide on how long you want the scarf to be. Remember to take into account the length of fringe that you want. It is a good idea to make the scarf long enough so that you can comfortably put your hands into the pockets. Add 8-12 inches to your measurement to use for a fringe. If at all possible, try to get the entire length out of one piece of fabric. If it is not possible cut the length out of two pieces, leaving enough room for a seam sew them together to make the necessary length.
Cut out two pieces of fleece at the desired length by 6-9 inches wide.
Measure the length of the wearer's hand. Cut two pieces out that are the same width as the scarf by the length of the wearer's hand plus one inch.
Select the piece of fleece that will be the top of the scarf. Sew the pockets onto the right side of the fleece about 4-6 inches from each end of the length. The remainder will be the length where you will cut the fringe. Remember to leave the topside of the pocket open for the hands.
Place the two lengths of the scarf wrong side together and topstitch around the entire scarf. When topstitching the ends, topstitch just below the pockets leaving the bottom open for the fringe.
Carefully cut the ends of the scarf up to the top stitching to create a fringe.
Ideas and Suggestions
- For children who lose their gloves or mittens, these scarves can do double duty. Have your children put their gloves in them whenever they take them off and when your children do lose their gloves, at least they have their scarf, to keep their hands warm (providing they did lose the scarf).
- This is an ideal project for people who have not done much sewing. The seams are simple straight seams. However, if your sewing skills do lack, it is a good idea to use a busy or printed fabric for the scarf as it will help hide any small mistakes.