- 1 yard total of polar fleece (1/3 yard of 3 colors)
- a working sewing machine with thread
- the ability to sew in a relatively straight line
- sharp scissors
Polar fleece is on sale pretty regularly for around $6/yard. You only need 1/3 yard each of three colors of polar fleece to make two scarves. This is beginning to sound like one of those dreaded story problems on my kids’ math homework. Let me just translate it into Algebra for you: 1/3(A) + 1/3(B) +1/3(C) = 2 Scarves = $6.
A yard of fabric is 36 inches in length, by the width of the fabric (bolts are typically 44/45″ or 60″ wide). Polar fleece is 60″ wide, so these scarves will be 60″ long. Since we are using the 6 inch wide measurement, 1/3 yard = 12 inches, we will have enough fabric to make 2 identical scarves.
Okay, so now that you have your fabric, lay it out flat, neatly stack the three colors, and cut one layer at a time so that you have two 6 inch wide strips that are 60 inches long. You can measure your width as you go, or just “eyeball it” like I did.
Would you believe me if I told you that you are only ten minutes away from finishing your first scarf?
It’s time to sew that straight line. With the three strips stacked neatly, center your fabric under your needle. I used the left edge of the sewing machine as my guide, as my sewing platform extends only about three inches to the left of my presser foot (total luck there).
Be sure to reinforce the first and last inch of your seam, by stitching forward and backward a few times as you start and finish your one long seam. Don’t worry too much if one of the three layers ends up longer than the others, you can easily trim off the excess, or just let it curl under and ignore it.
And now, you are on to the final step. Grab your scissors and start making cuts through all three layers at once, to create the fringed edges. I spaced each cut about as wide as my finger and stopped cutting about 1/4 inch from the seam. You can decide if you like a chunky or narrow fringe.
When you’re done cutting, you’re done. Give your cutting hand a break before starting the second scarf. I like that this project has three distinct steps, and that between each step I could walk away and attend to more urgent matters, then pick up where I left off.
After making the first two, I went back to the store to buy more polar fleece in different colors, to make four more scarves. What easy and pleasing $3 gifts.
In the words of J.J. Fad: That’s it.