Oooh, it was a balmy 43 degrees in Michigan yesterday! Hello sunshine! But if you live in the U.S., many of us experienced what is now known as the polar vortex of 2014. For a family living in a cold weather state, you’d think that I’d bundle up our kids in only ninja-stylized winter gear. Think of the T”he Cosby Show” episode when Rudy Huxtable wore her layered snow gear only to have to turn around, strip all her gear to go to the bathroom. That’s my style of parenting – when winterizing your kids, give them only what the “need” to wear to survive.
Snow boots. Check.
Gloves. Snow pants. Sometimes.
Scarf? Hmmm…no. That’s too much work.
Then the polar arctic blast hit the U.S. So what’s a mom supposed to do? There was no way to get to the store to pick up a scarf, and I was certain that all the scarves in our town were already snatched up. Thus, I was left with this:
Piano Man requested that I make him a multi-colored scarf. I used my handy dandy Adobe Illustrator software and created this:
Just kidding. I don’t have Adobe Illustrator, only my kids’ water soluble markers and some scratch paper. Note: I didn’t like my first design (the one above) and decided to go with drawing number 2. Number 2 added length and completed the repetition of color, giving it a more cohesive look.
If you have some scrap fleece fabric, you can make your own Polar Arctic Multi-Colored Scarf to combat this bizarre season of snow and ice. Even if you live in Florida where it’s a freezing 80 degrees or frosty 70 degree weather in California, this tutorial is perfect for you too because who doesn’t love a good winter fashion accessory?
– fleece fabric of varying colors
– solid color fabric (to create backside) – peacock blue for this tutorial
– color coordinating spool(s) of thread
– sewing machine
– star and/or lightning bolt appliqué (print here)
Step 1. Create/design scarf template. (See photo above.) It’s essential to plan the order of the colors ahead to make sure you have enough scrap fabric to complete your scarf.
Step 2. Optional: Cut out appliqué designs. Pin appliqué to desired colored fabric. Cut and set aside. You can add a border for a bit punch of color too.
Step 3. Once you decide how wide you want your scarf to be, start cutting scraps of fabric based on your design. If you prefer, you can make measurements on your drawing and then cut with more precision.
Note: I made my scraps wider because I planned on cutting my scarf in half to make the sewing process faster.
Step 4. Sew fleece fabric strips together. Don’t bother folding fleece under, creating more bulk to your scarf. If you cut straight lines, then just sew on piece on top of the other since fleece won’t fray at the edges.
Step 5. Pin and sew star and/or lightning bolt appliqué to either end of the scarf.
Step 6. Using solid colored fabric (in this case, remnant peacock blue fabric), cut fabric to length of scarf.
Pin multi-colored stripe fabric and solid-colored fabric facing towards one another.
Stitch around edging like you would a throw pillow cover, leaving a middle opening.
Don’t forget to clip corners of scarf to remove excess bulk.
Pull scarf inside out, and sew middle opening together.
Step 7. Voila! Project complete!
Now, doesn’t our little Piano Man look warm and toasty? He’s been wearing it everyday to school and that makes this mama happy.
You have successfully created a useful, recycled, multi-colored scarf to combat the polar arctic weather!
Now, off to mail my second Polar Arctic Multi-Colored Scarf to a dear friend in VA. If she’s reading this, she’ll know that I promised to make her something handmade last summer. (I know, I know. That was almost six months ago.) Believe me, I wanted to make something sooner, but no handmade project came to mind that would be useful and loved as much as something to protect and care for her son as this scarf has done for mine. Besides, isn’t it nice to have a long distance friend to keep in touch with a lovely handmade item? I feel connected to her even though we are separated by distance. Maybe you’ve got a friend in mind too? Go ahead and make a Polar Arctic Multi-colored scarf for a loved one today!
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From my hometown to yours,