|Modeling her cute fleece scarf|
Here's what you'll need:
* Fleece (we used three coordinating colors). You only need pieces that are about 6 inches wide, so check out the remnant bins at the fabric store for some good bargains on colors you like.
* Good pair of scissors (either regular ones or pinking sheers)
* Rotary cutter (this is completely optional, but if you have one, it makes cutting the fleece strips really easy)
* Sewing machine and thread
Here's what to do:
1. Cut your fleece into long strips about 6" wide. For adult-sized scarves, I used the full width of the fabric (about 60"). For the kids, you can cut them a little shorter. I found it worked well to stack the three pieces of fleece, and cut all three strips at once. Because you'll be cutting them into fringe, your cuts don't need to be exactly straight.
|The strips are all cut out.|
2. Once you have your three strips, lay them evenly on top of each other and sew a straight line down the center. I found that I didn't even have to pin my strips and I just eye-balled the center as I was stitching.
|Sew the straight line down the middle. I didn't even have to pin it.|
Because the sewing doesn't have to be precise, my girls love helping me with this step by pressing on the pedal to run the sewing machine. We zoom along, then I yell "stop" and they take their foot off the pedal.
3. Next, sew another line right next to the first. (I used the edge of the sewing machine foot as a guide). This second line of stitching helps make sure you don't accidentally cut your scarf in half when you're making your fringe.
|Sewing the second row right next to the first.|
|Both stitched seams are complete.|
4. Now it's time to cut! First, even up the ends with a straight cut all the way across (even if your fleeces pieces were all the same size when you started, sometimes they stretch a bit while sewing. )
|Cut off the uneven ends.|
Then, using either regular or pinking sheers, make approx. 1/2" cuts from the outside edge up to the stitched lines, taking care not to cut through the stitching. Depending on the age of your child, they might be able to help with this step. My 8 year old could handle cutting through the three layers of fleece fine, but 5 year old wasn't quite strong enough.
|Cut approx. 1/2 " strips down both sides being careful not to cut through the seams.|
5. Keep cutting all along the edges on both sides and you're done! Just give the scarf a little shake and a twist and you have a beautiful fleece boa. They keep you nice and warm and look super cute. ( my girls actually eagerly wear scarves every day now! ) They'd also be a fun addition to your dress-up bin for year-round glamour.
|Fluff it up and you're ready to go!|