|Upcycle project alert!|
Those of you who are similarly affected are likely too cold to care, and those of you who never see cold probably don't know how to care, but the weather has played a role in my crafting choices over the past two weeks.
If you live anywhere where it gets cold in the winter, you probably have a collection of fringed fleece scarves. Quite possibly — as it is in my case — you don't get as much use out of them as you'd like.
For me, the main reason is that I have other scarves that are simply nicer and more fashionable.
Maybe it's time for an upcycle! Might you find your scarf more useful if you made this simple change... to turn it into a hoodie?
|Maybe add a button to increase functionality...|
Simply take a scarf, fold it in half with wrong side out and sew a small curve from the edge of the fold and then straight along one side for 11", using an approximate 1/4" seam allowance.
Flip it right side out and you've got a hoodie. If desired, you could add a button and button hole — or maybe a toggle closure — to secure the two sides of the scarf in front and turn it into a chic pseudo "vest".
[By the way, I am illustrating these with fleece scarves, but I don't see any reason why you couldn't refashion flannel scarves in the same way.]
Here it is in pictures. Step 1, fold the scarf in half. Make sure the ends are even or it will be noticeable later.
|Fold scarf in half with wrong side OUT...|
Step 2, measure 11" and clip one of the sides together.
|Measure and clip...|
Step 3, sew as shown, starting with a curve from the fold... so that the tip of the hood won't be too pointy. (Sorry about the change in scarves; I decided to go with this one instead!)
|Sew along the dashed line for a length of 11"...|
Step 4, turn it right side out and your scarf has officially found new life as a hoody!
|Ready to wear in a couple of minutes!|
Now, because that was way too simple, let's do another. Here is a second way to upcycle a fleece scarf... turn it into a fringed cowl.
|Scarf turned into a cozy neck cowl...|
I don't know about you — and again, this will depend on where you live and what your climate is — but quite often I wear scarves at home to keep warm. Instead of bulking up with extra sweaters, having my neck and shoulders covered in various ways usually does the trick. Both of these scarf "upcycles" are great options for staying warm indoors.
Step 1 is to fold and stack the scarf into equal fourths, not including the length of the fringe. (I've magnified the area in question.) The right side of the scarf should be visible on top.
|You should wind up with two folds stacked on one side and|
one fold inside the two fringed ends on the other...
Step 2, sew up the end with the fringe. Ensure that your needle is positioned far enough in so that the two fringed ends as well as the folded edge in between them will be caught in your stitching.
|Sew up the end with the fringe...|
Step 3, spread out the resulting scarf with the fringes right side up in the middle as shown here.
|The double fringe is actually a nice effect...|
Step 4, bring together the two remaining ends and then sew them together.
|Pin together the remaining ends and sew...|
When done, the seam will be on the inside.
|Depending on the type of fleece, this may be quite thick, so take your time...|
Flip it back right side out and you're done!
|Ready to wear in a number of different ways...|
Now you have an extra warm — after all, it's now doubled in thickness — cowl scarf that will stay around your neck. And despite how simple the item is, the fringe gives it versatility. Wear it in the front, at the side, or in the back.
Whatever edge you have at the front can be turned down, and the double-sided-ness means that you still have the right side of the fleece showing when you do so.
|An amazingly versatile upcycled scarf!|
If you really want warmth, wear it like a hood/buff/snood over your head with the fringe part under your chin. (FYI: both scarves were in the 60" to 62" range, not including the fringe.)
Now that you're raring to go and do some upcycling, let me share some technical stuff.
Having recently done a bit of sewing with fleece (as you'll see more of in a couple of weeks), I couldn't figure out why my sewing machine was "acting up" afterwards when I was trying to close up a simple pocket seam (in regular cotton). After checking various things, I ultimately changed the needle and voilá... problem solved! Apparently fleece is hard on your sewing machine needles. So change your needle to a new one if you haven't done so in awhile.
Because fleece is stretchy, I used a stretch stitch on these projects. That said, none of the seams run horizontally across the fabric, so a straight stitch should suffice.
Final consideration: fleece can leave behind a significant amount of "fuzz". Clean your machine after these projects. It's probably time anyway, right?