Thursday, April 17, 2014


Scarves have not been a staple in my closet. I am a coat sweater gal and it needs pockets but I threw a nice sized scarf around my shoulders as my daughter and I were Christmas shopping and it suited the bill just right. It covered my shoulders nicely, wasn't too bulky and didn't slip and slide around.

Now my sister, Shirley, on the other hand wears scarves and accessorizes her outfits nicely with capes, etc. She is the middle child-calm, collected, all pulled together, elegant wearing sometimes vintage, lacy things-you know-she looks good in anything and her house is the same way. Everything looks great no matter what she does. I, on the other hand, am the southwestern type with no really particular style. I have tried a couple of times to copy her ideas-she had a antique portrait sitting on a chair in her entry-it looked just right but when I tried the same look, it just looked like the portrait needed to be hanging somewhere so I dismantled that display. Another time I tried lace as a border around my upstairs bathroom-that was a failure also and had to be taken down shortly because I could barely use the bathroom with all that lace. 

But now this scarf/cape thing is getting a hold on me. I have a couple of nice capes that have been given to me and are as versatile as my sweaters and my scarves [those have all been given to me also] are all handy with my purses hanging on the closet door.

At Christmas, I decided to make my sisters and myself one of those tied fleece scarves  so I didn't have to sew. The scarves would be made from 2 different fleeces so they would be really nice and warm. Then I found the 2 sided bonded fleece. I had never seen that before and it came in several color combinations. I chose the fuchsia/black to match some yarn I had. The fleece would be perfect, easier, no tying, no cutting 2 different fabrics, less bulky but still warm, it would still be reversible-and could have pockets. 

My original plans for 3 scarves turned to a skirt with matching scarf for-glory be-myself. 

A rectangle 90" by 30" was cut for the scarf. 4" fringe was cut all around. 9" on each end was turned up for pockets and the fringe on each side tied in double knots by my great, grandson Ian. a seam down the  center of the pockets was sewn so they wouldn't fall open. TaDa! Quick and easy scarf.

The skirt was cut from the rest of the fleece. See that @ 

In case my instructions are clear as mud, here is a video to help:
I know it is spring, I know I probably won't be wearing the skirt in the next months but I also know all those nice fleeces will be on sale and now is the time to get them or possibly get started on future gifts. Or just file this idea for the future if you like the idea. 

Thank you for your attention, 
God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott

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