In honor of our post-Christmas snow storms, I’ve found a bit of inspiration for warm-wear. I’m also winding down from the holiday craze. I found myself back home yesterday, in a suddenly very quiet apartment, putting away gifts. No more dressing up, no more loud family members, and no more roast or cheesecake. For someone who lives quite a ways away from family, I caught myself being a little nostalgic; it’s amazing how insane and wonderful family can make you feel. There really is nothing like it. So to keep from feeling down, I did some crafting… and then some shopping. Try not to judge.
Braided Fleece Scarf
What you will need:
- Scraps of fleece – ideally, two 6-8”wide, scarf length pieces
- The Usual Suspects: thread, sewing machine, scissors
- Optional- cutting mat and rotary cutter, also extra scraps of fleece for colorblock end.
Step 1: cut your two scarf-length pieces of fleece to match so edges are even.
Step 2: Place two pieces of fleece on top of one another with all edges matching up.
Step 3: At a 45degree angle, cut strips in fleece leaving a ½” edge on one side. See pictures for more detail.
Note: a 45degree angle is not necessary, but it is necessary that all cuts are at the same angle, no matter what angle you choose.
Step 4: Flip top piece of fleece over, realigning top edge of scarf.
Step 5: Start to weave the strips, lining up ends of strips with edge of fleece. Be patient here, this can get overwhelming if you don’t take it one strip at a time.
Step 6: Adjust any ends that don’t meet or any spots that look too loose or too tight.
Step 7: Head to sewing machine. Sew ends of scarf. Then sew each side with a ¼” seam. Go slow and steady, catching all those loose ends and lining them up with the edge of the scarf. This will create a polished look.
Step 8: Optional: Add a color-block end. I did this because my braid wasn’t long enough to be the whole scarf.
- Cut two pieces of fleece for each end and sew with right sides together, leaving one end open.
- Turn right side out.
- Sew to ends of scarf by folding edge of color block in and topstitching. I found it helpful to cut the corners so they were less bulky once folded and topstitched.
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