Learn how to sew a scarf with fleece fabric. Keep your neck warm with this beginner sewing project perfect for gifts!
Do you want a quick project that makes great gifts? This fleece collar is warm, comfortable and easy to sew. You can even get several hoods with a yard of fleece fabric.
Make it extra warm with double layers of fleece, or make it even more fun with fleece and a lightweight knit fabric. I give you the measurements for children, teenagers and adults so that you can make hoods for the whole family!
What fabric should I use for a cowl?
To make the hood even warmer and more durable, the best fabric to use is fleece fabric. Fleece, not to be confused with sweatshirt fleece, is warm, comfortable, easy to sew and washable. Fleece is a great beginner knitted fabric to sew with, and it comes in many colors and prints.
Can I use two different fabrics?
The warmest hood and the easiest hood to sew will be two layers of fleece fabric.
If you want to use two different fabrics for a fun and unique look, you can use fleece and double brushed poly or cotton spandex jersey. This collar will be slightly more difficult to sew since you are working with a stretchier knit, and slightly less warm since it is a thin, thick layer of fabric.
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How to sew a hood
- 1/3 yard of fleece fabric for each hood
- If you are using fleece and another fabric, you will still need 1/3 yard of each fabric, but you will have extra width left over.
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
You will cut out two rectangles for each cover you make. Make sure the widest part of the rectangle is cut with the stretch of the fabric.
If you are using two layers of batting, cut both rectangles the same way. If you are using two different fabrics, cut a rectangle from each fabric.
- For adults: cut two rectangles 24 inches wide and 10 inches high
- For older children and adolescents: cut two rectangles 22 inches wide and 9.5 inches high
- For the youngest: cut two rectangles 20 inches wide and 9 inches high
Place the rectangle pieces right sides together. Pin the two long edges together.
Sew each side with a zigzag stitch and a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
*If you are sewing two different knits together, place the lighter knit facing down (facing the feed dogs of the sewing machine) so that the feed dogs can hold the stretchy knit at the same speed as the fleece from above.*
Turn the tube right side out.
Match the short ends right sides together. Match the top and bottom seam. Pin the edge together as much as possible.
You won't be able to sew the entire edge together, but you can get about 75% of it pinned and sewn together.
Sew the edges together with a zigzag stitch and a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
Pull the seam inside the scarf. You are left with a small hole.
Pinch the seam with the seam allowance on the inside of the scarf. Sew along the pinch seam 1/8 inch from the edge to close the hole.
You have finished!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!