I had some extra fleece in my stash and so I thought I would make a couple of simple scarves for my kids. And they were even quicker to make and more simple than I expected! A tutorial isn't really needed, but in case anyone reading is a beginner to sewing, here are the simple instructions:
1/2 to 1 Yard of Fleece (depending on the width; if it's 44" wide, you'll need 1 yard, if it's 60" wide you can probably get by with 1/2 yard) *You could also use flannel, cotton, or cuddly-type fabrics like minky*
Scissors and Measuring Tape
1. First, you'll want to decide on your scarf length and width, depending on for whom you are making it. For my 4 year old son, I made his 48" long and 5" wide. And for my almost 2 year old daughter, I made hers 38" long and 4" wide. Obviously, if you're making a scarf for an older child or adult, you'll want it to be quite a bit longer, and perhaps wider as well.
2. Cut two pieces (front and back) of your fabric to the aforementioned size. Be sure to add 1/2" all around for seam allowance. So, for my 4 yr old's, I cut the fabric 49" long and 6" wide. And for my smaller scarf, I cut it 39" long and 5" wide.
3. Put front and back pieces right sides together and pin the edges.
4. Sew around the edges, leaving a 4-6" gap not sewn. While I was sewing the short ends of my scarves, I decided that I wanted the ends to be rounded, so as I stitched, I sewed a rounded edge instead of going all the way to the corners. Either way would work just fine though. Once it's all sewn, turn the scarf right side out through the gap you left open.
5. Whipstitch (by hand) the opening closed, or if you're lazy/don't mind if you see some stitches, tuck the raw edges under and sew the opening closed with your machine. I took the machine/easier route because I was using a thick fleece. Because of its thickness, the stitches where I sewed the opening closed are hardly visible at all. It's all a matter of personal preference though! You could always topstitch around the entire scarf as well if that's a look you'd prefer (I would probably recommend to do so if you're using a cotton or flannel fabric. The topstitching will help the thinner fabric to maintain its shape.) But, really, just do whichever method you prefer!
And that's it, you're done! Easy peasy!!!
So, go ahead--it's not too late this winter to make your own fleece scarf!