DIY / Fleece-Lined Scarf

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I had my eye on a blue/green plaid scarf at ZARA. It’s flannel was so soft and it wrapped around my neck 4 times which made it nice and thick. Unfortunately, thirty bucks for a piece of flannel fabric (esp. in Houston) was not something my wallet was into so I had to break up with the scarf right there. It was a sad day. I kept thinking about it for a couple of days and decided I just had to have one but I’d make it myself .

I couldn’t find any flannel that was the same fabric as the original scarf nor a print that had enough material. Plaid seems to be pretty hot right now. So I decided I’d buy whatever plaid fabric was left and then add a piece of fleece in the middle (of 2 pieces) to make it thick and warm enough. When I sat down, I had enough for 2 scarves and it only cost me $20. High five to me.

It’s actually quite simple to make and would be perfect as a gift! Details about supplies and steps on how to make the scarf are at the end of the post.

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This is one of my favorite outfits on the blog this year. I’m not sure why, maybe because it’s so simple yet chic. Nothing about it is fussy and I put it together with really basic pieces found in my closet. Under the coat is this black blazer which I found on sale at Target a week ago. I love the leather detailing on the collar (which you can’t see) and running up the back of the arm sleeves (seen in the top right picture below).

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DSC_1280_w textBlack coat: TJ Maxx (very old), Bag – Houston Flea Market (very old)

DIY // Fleece Lined Scarf Tutorial

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What you will need:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 yards of fabric
  • 2 – 2 1/2 yards of fleece
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Tape measure / ruler
  • Scissors (fabric shears are the best)
  • 1 yard of trim (optional) i.e. tassels, pom-poms, ribbon, yarn

Click on image to enlarge.

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1. Keeping your fabric in its original fold, iron out the wrinkles.

2. PREPPING THE FABRIC (Sorry, I don’t have any images for this step so hopefully this makese sense! See image number 2 above for what the piece of fabric should look like once this step is completed): Still keeping your fabric in its original fold (length-wise), lay it out onto a hard surface, making sure all the edges are lined up. Measure half-way (width-wise) and mark it with a pin. Continue to do so along the entire length of the fabric, pinning every few inches. (If using plaid fabric, you maybe able to use the lines as your guide otherwise you may need to draw a line using the pins as your guide). Cut the fabric in half, so that you have two long pieces of fabric that are 2 – 2 1/2 yds. in length. Take the piece that still has the original fold and cut the fold, to create two seperate pieces. You should have 4 pieces total now. (You can either make 2 scarves or save the other 2 pieces for another project).

3. Lay out your fleece, then lay one of the two previously cut pieces on top of the fleece. Use this fabric as your guide and cut the fleece length-wise. This piece of fleece is what is going to go in the middle of the two previously cut pieces of fabric.

4. Make sure your fleece is 1″ shorter in length from the top and bottom then the piece of fabric on top.

5. Keeping one piece of fleece on the ground, lay the two pieces of fabric right on top, lining up all the edges (make sure that the fabric on top is 1″ longer than the fleece from the top and bottom). Read this part carefully or you will hate yourself: If you are using a fabric, that when flipped over is “white-ish” (this is the back) – you will need to take the two pieces of fabric and lay them on top of each other so that the printed sides touch. (If you do not do this, you will do what I did – sew it and when turned inside out, one side will be printed and the other will not be. $*@! Then you have to seam-rip everything and start over). Pin the pieces length-wise, at least 1/2″ – 1″ away from the edges. Leave the shorter edges (width) unpinned.

6. Place one edge of the fabric on your sewing machine. Depending on how wide you want your scarf to be, begin to sew a straight line 1/2″ – 1″ away from the edge of the fabric (length-wise) but start 1″ down from the top or where all three layers of the scarf first meet. Continue to sew a straight-line all the way to the bottom but leave another 1″ of fabric (or stop when the three layers stop touching). Do the same on the other side of the fabric. Carefully, turn the scarf inside out and smooth out the edges.

This is the easiest way to seal the shorter edges of the scarf.  

7. Take the side edges and fold them into the “hole” (as if you are wrapping a gift). It should form angles on the edges (as seen in the image).

8. Tuck in the frayed edges into the “hole”.

9. This is what it should look like.

10. Make sure it it’s tucked in nicely so that the edges are straight and even. Place your pins on the fabric about 1/2″ way from the edge to secure the fold before sewing. Sew an exposed straight line to seal the edge. Repeat for the other end.

OPTIONAL: Adding Trim

11. Take your trim and measure it out to the same width as the edge of the scarf and cut.

12. Place the trim in between the tucked folds of the scarf. Then place your pins on the the fabric to secure the folds and trim together before sewing. Make sure everything is lined up. Sew an exposed straight line to seal all the pieces. Repeat for the other end.

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