Winter time in many parts of the country and world are very cold. Even if you live in a place that is known for being hot, such as Phoenix, AZ, their winters still get chilly and everyone needs something warm to wear. A couple years ago, while I was at work, I learned about some of my friends knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for their relatives and for charity during the winter months. My friends and co-workers are very talented and skilled to be able to knit as this is a task I have yet to master. However, I wanted to do something too, so I decided to sew a scarf for the charity. It was extremely easy and anyone can do it. In fact, this year I am having my 4 and a half year old daughter make her own.
Let’s start with what you will need first.
I already had fleece material, however, if you do not you will need to purchase some. Even half a yard will make a couple scarves so decide how many scarves you are wanting to make.
Next you will need a coordinating colored thread for the sewing machine.
Also you will need a pair of really good fabric cutting shears. Regular old kitchen scissors usually don’t work well on fleece.
You might need a tape measure of some sort, although I always just eye ball it.
First you will determine how long you want the scarf. Remember, kids need less scarf than an adult, however if you do make it longer they will just have to wrap it around a couple more times. I used myself as a measurement object by hanging the fabric around my neck to see how long I would want the scarf. When my daughter made hers I did the same thing to her. The scarf should hang down around waist level when put around the back of the neck and not wrapped around the neck. You can use a tape measure to measure a regular scarf if you have one or even one at the store.
Next you will want to cut out a scarf out of the fleece material that is approximately 2 feet wide by however long you have determined you want your scarf to be.
Now, thread your thread into your sewing machine as instructed in your manual.
Fold your fleece so that the right sides (the pretty sides) are together and you have a long scarf that is now only 1 foot wide.
Stitch the two cut sides along the long side of the fleece scarf together, but leave the ends (the short sides of the scarf) unsewn.
Turn your scarf inside out so that the right side is now showing by pushing the scarf material through the open ends of the scarf.
Now stitch the ends closed approximately 6 inches from the bottom of the end sides.
Now take your sharp scissors again and cut the end material almost all the way up to the stitch line on the ends and create fringe on both ends of your scarf.
Now you have a beautiful simple, fast, easy hand made scarf that you can wear, give as a gift, or donate to charity!