I’m posting this message from a motel room in Portland, OR. I had a lovely Christmas celebration with my Wisconsin family yesterday. This morning (Saturday), I got on a plane to pick up my grandchildren, Hanna and Willy, and bring them back to Wisconsin for 9 days of fun!
I usually post on Sunday but, since tomorrow will be a very busy day (everybody wants to see the kids as soon as we get back!), they’re helping me get this out tonight.
So here it is …
Shortly before Christmas Mike’s brother and family from Iowa let us know they were going to be able to come for a quick visit between Christmas and New Years. I decided, rather last minute, that I wanted to make something for the kids. Not knowing what they needed, I said to myself “kids in the midwest can always use a fleece scarf”. (Stay tuned for a slick trick using the June Tailor Shape Cut™ ruler).
Kallie’s winter coat is dark purple, so I chose a pretty, light purple fleece with a hand-dyed look. Kade is a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan, so his was a no-brainer. But Kyle is a freshman in college. That was going to be a little tougher to choose. After a bit of noodling, an idea hit – look up his school colors. He’s going to Iowa State and the Cyclone’s colors are red and gold. Of course, I couldn’t find any fleece in that color scheme, so further noodling was required. JoAnn’s did have fleece in each of the needed colors, so I bought a 1/4 yard of each and:
Rotary cut them the exact same size, pin together and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance along one long side:
Turn 5″ from an end:
Stitch to the opposite long side and repeat:
Place the Shape Cut™ ruler on top of one end of the scarf, with the cross seam at the bottom of the tear drop openings in the ruler, and the “O” slot along the left side of the scarf:
Cut in the 1″ slot, and repeat every inch to make fringe:
Next I cut a large “I” from freezer paper and ironed it to the scarf (see second picture below for placement). I stitched along the edge of the paper,
removed it and repeated this process on the other end of the scarf. With a sharp scissors I trimmed the red fabric away from inside the “I” on one end of the scarf, and the yellow fabric away on the other:
This was a simple and quick project that I feel turned out quite well. The kids will get their scarves tomorrow, so I’ll try to remember to take a picture and post it next week.
I wish I had been able to post this idea a month before Christmas, in case some of you might have wanted to make these for your high school or college age kids. Oh well, it’s never too late to start thinking about next year 😀 !