With the winter season officially upon us, nothing is more useful than a warm and cozy scarf. The concept of a scarf is so simple, yet so functional–it’s really just a strip of fabric, after all. This year, try your hand at making your own winter accessories–you’ll be surprised at how easy it is!
In this tutorial, we show you how to transform a single yard of fleece into two different accessories: a circle infinity scarf and a fringe scarf. And since fleece runs for an average of $10 or less per yard, this is the epitome of a budget-friendly project.
-Fleece (1 yard)
Start off by cutting the fleece into three equal parts. This translates into three 12-inch wide segments, as indicated by the dotted lines above.
How to Make a Circle Scarf:
For the circle scarf, you’ll be attaching the first two segments together by sewing the short edges together.
1. Fold each segment in half and cut across to straighten the edge.
2. Take the two long rectangles and pin them together along the the short sides. Repeat at the opposite end.
4. If necessary, straighten out the raw edges.
Once you’ve cut away the excess threads, your circle scarf is all done. It can be wrapped around your neck up to three times for maximum warmth and protection from the cold.
How to Make a Fringe Scarf:
This version requires absolutely zero sewing skills. All you need is some fleece and a pair of fabric scissors!
1. Fold one 12-inch wide segment in half and cut across to straighten the edge. If you’re using plaid fleece, the lines in the pattern can serve as a guide.
2. Starting about 1/2 inch from the edge, cut a vertical 2-inch slit through both layers.
3. Repeat until you reach the other side.
How easy was that?
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)
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Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, recipes, and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in New York.