I finally received the e-mail I've been dreading all month. A wonderful reader wrote this, "Hey, aren't you supposed to be working on hand-print gifts this month?" I was hoping that no one actually remembered that. You may have noticed that my self-diagnosed adult ADD kicked in, and I got totally distracted by the pretend and play mommy (or daddy) set. Just when I got the obsession/distraction out of the way, a new one took its place . . . SCARVES . . . warm, fuzzy, comfy scarves!
Don't roll your eyes at me . . . I know it's fall. I also know that fall just officially started last week. And I do love fall, but I also love scarves . . . in fact, my love of scarves might be the only thing that gets me through winter.
Last year my kids were always asking me why they didn't have any scarves of their very own, so this winter I've vowed to remedy that situation. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm over-compensating this year because this tutorial for the Button Scarf is the first in a series of what will be three different scarf tutorials. Three? Yes, three! Aaack . . . this is defintely my new obsession.
I'm in love with these buttons scarves I saw here and there last winter!
Bamboo Felt and Fleece Button Scarf
Here's what you need:
-bamboo felt or fleece in a variety of colors*
-a solid, long strip of fleece
*Here's the deal with bamboo felt . . . it is so soft; however, it also shrinks a tiny bit if drycleaned and a little bit more than that if machine washed. If washed super frequently, it also will break down a little bit faster than fleece. So . . . I chose dark colors for this scarf so that it wouldn't need to be washed very much (gasp), and I plan to hand wash and hang dry to manage shrinkage. If this is a concern for you, just use fleece for the entire scarf.
Here's what you do:
1) Cut a vareity of felt or fleece strips in various widths. One edge was cut with pinking shears and the other edge was cut with straight scissors. (I cut my strips 5 inches in length in various widths ranging from 2 inches to four inches. When it was all said and done, this scarf was 4 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches long. It was made to fit a 5 year old.)
2) Pin strips together in your own unique color combo. The edge that has been cut with the pinking shears should be on top. Sew strips together close to pinking sheared edge.
3) Turn over and trim straight edges on back side of scarf.
4) Pin wrong sides together to a strip of fleece the same size of your strip that is pieced together.
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Weekend - a little lovely, Craft Envy, Under the Table and Dreaming, Be Different Act Normal, A Vision to Remember, 504 Main - Tickled Pink, Funky Junk Interiors, Tatertots and Jello, I heart naptime
Monday - Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, The Girl Creative, The Trendy Treehouse, CRAFT, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Between Naps on the Porch, Tools Are For Women, It's So Very Cheri, Skip to My Lou, Sew Can Do, Polly Wants a Crafter
Tuesday - All Thingz Related, Sugar Bee, New Nostalgia, Creative Itch, Lucky Star Lane, Hope Studios, These Creative Juices, My Delicious Ambiguity, Today's Creative Blog-Get Your Craft On!, Tasty Tuesdays at Housewife Eclectic
Wednesday - It's So Very Cheri, Beyond the Picket Fence, Blue Cricket Design, Trendy Treehouse, Tea Rose Home, Someday Crafts, My Backyard Eden, Sew Much Ado, Night Owl Crafting
Thursday - Fireflies and Jellybeans, Life As Lori, House of Hepworths, Somewhat Simple, Seven Thirty Three, The Train to Crazy, PonyTails and FishScales, Black Kat's Design
Friday - The Sabby Nest, A Little Knick Knack, Fingerprints on the Fridge, It's Fun to Craft!, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Kojo Designs, Amy Lou Who, A Few of My Favorite Things, Simply Sweet Home, Frou Frou Decor, Remodelaholic, Foodie Friday at The Speckled Dog