Friday, December 28, 2012

Braided Fleece Scarf

      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.
  1. Cut two pieces of fleece for each end and sew with right sides together, leaving one end open.
  2. Turn right side out.
  3. 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.

Finito!! Fabulous, darling. Now that's a good lookin' scarf!

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers, Bridget


  1. This turned out great! I would love to try this- thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for checking out the blog! I love how complicated this scarf looks, but it is really simple. Cheers!
      - Bridge

  2. I love basket weave and this is gorgeous! Thank you for posting this, it makes the process so easy. - Leilani