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If you were inspired by my call to #givewarmth this holiday season, I want to help make it as easy for you as I can.
Even if you don’t consider yourself very crafty, it is possible for you to quickly and easily (and rather inexpensively) make a whole heap of scarves you can give to family, friends, your local homeless shelter, your church, put in the Little Free Pantry in your area (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or whatever else you might want to do with them.
I know for a fact that this is a quick and easy project to mass-produce because I once made these no-sew fleece scarves for the girl’s entire class. In an hour or so.
There’s a slightly more detailed tutorial there, but all you need is some fleece, plain, patterned, whatever.
Most fleece is around 60 inches wide, which is 5 feet, meaning if you’re making the scarves for kids you can just cut strips that are about 5 or 6 inches wide the full length of the width of the fabric and you won’t have to make any further cuts. You can get 6 scarves exactly if you make them 6 inches wide, or 7 if they are 5 inches, with a little fabric left over.
If you want to make longer scarves, you’ll need to buy two yards of fabric, which will be 6 feet long. Then you can cut it into strips across the width, and you’ll get 9 or 10 6-foot-long scarves out of two yards.
(I happen to be an affiliate for Walmart, so I checked the price of fleece there, and you can get solid-color fleece for less than $3 a yard and prints (I’m partial to this dinosaur print) for $5 or less. So you can make a ton of scarves for just a little money.)
Make the fringe as wide or narrow as you like; I usually go with strips an inch wide and 5 or 6 inches deep.
Leave them hanging straight, or tie them off for a different look.
You can also add beads to your fringe, like on this scarf from Crafts for All Seasons.
This fringed scarf from It’s Always Autumn uses yarn for the fringe instead of cutting the fleece. So cute!
Julie is Coco and Cocoa has three no-sew fleece scarf ideas, including cut fringe, yarn fringe and yarn pom-poms at the ends.
Make a two-layer fleece scarf for super-cold places with this tutorial from Pieces by Polly. The sides are braided together to keep the layers in place.
This no-sew rainbow scarf from the Decorated Cookie is super clever and not that difficult to make. My rainbow-loving girl would love to have one of these!
And if you don’t like the look of fleece, or don’t live somewhere it gets so cold that you need a fleece scarf, consider making a flannel blanket scarf. This idea from Wholefully is super cute, and great for everyone on your gift list. It’s a little tedious, so fire up your favorite Christmas movie and get going.
If you’ve made fleece or otherwise no-sew scarves in a different way, I’d love for you to share your patterns here. And if you make some scarves to give this season, please share online with the hashtag #givewarmth. I’d love to see what you’re making!