Here are two more scarf finishes to be sewed on. Each is fair game for variation, so let your imagination rule.
Children (of all ages) love having nooks and crannies in which to tuck their valuables. They also appreciate having a place to warm their hands when the weather’s cold. The simplest method for adding a pocket to a fleece scarf is simply to fold up an end of the scarf 4-6″ and stitch it down on two sides. Leaving the top open creates a pocket, while leaving the side open instead creates a hand-warmer. We don’t have a photo of that, but you can go here for instructions. The pocket at left is just a bit more work, but it’s charming. Take a square of cotton quilting fabric the width of the scarf. Then sew contrasting strips around the sides. Add a 6″ fabric tube tied into a knot as a final touch. The sky’s the limit on pocket creativity; most pockets found on shirts or aprons can work at the end of a scarf.
Faux mod strip quilt trim
Quilting tricks are fair game for decorating scarves. A simple line of squares at the bottom of a scarf can be very fetching. But because quilting is so frequently based on blocks, the possibilities are endless for creating fabric squares to fill the ends of scarves. (Fleece scarves are already somewhat bulky, so batting — if any — should be very light.) The internet is chock-full of free quilt block patterns; here’s one place to start.
The scarf at left is inspired by the new trend in mod strip quilts, especially those that juxtapose striped strips against plain backdrops. Here are one, two, three, four, five examples of such quilting. In the scarf at left, instead of sewing pieces together to make striped strips, I chose a playfully technicolor quilt cotton already patterned with chunky multicolored blocks. Then I cut it into varying lengths, pressed the edges under, affixed the strips to the fleece with double-sided fusible featherweight interfacing, and stitched them on 1/8″ all around. In imitation of quilt backings, the opposite end of the scarf has only one square on it.The final touch was to double-topstitch-on a fringe made of fat square fleece blocks in a coordinating color.
If you’re interested in exact dimensions, here they are: Scarf – 60 X 6 3/4″. Width of finished (turned-under) strips – 1 1/8″. Length of strips from left to right: 4 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 8″, and 5″. Channels: 1/2″between blocks, and between blocks and edge of scarf. Fringe blocks: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4″. However, different widths of scarf and different kinds of strip should dictate the width and placement; yours will vary.
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