Hello fellow sports fans! Are you into football as I much as I am right now?
Over the weekend, I watched the annual Army-Navy game, and was very happy to see Army break a 14-game losing streak, and finally beat Navy. Why, you ask? First of all, I almost always cheer for the underdog. And second, my youngest son is currently serving in the Army, that’s why!
And then there are my Green Bay Packers, who are finally starting to look like the team that’s been missing in action most of the season. They are now 7-6 and still have a shot at the post season. Fingers crossed that I won’t need that advice I shared a few weeks ago on how to deal with a losing season!
How about your team(s)? Any bowl game or post season appearances coming up?
Anyway, let’s get to it. Back to my team spirit craft series. I’m here this week with one more no-sew fleece scarf.
This one has a beautiful yarn fringe, and while it takes a little longer than the first two scarves I shared (Fleece Scarf and Fringed Fleece Scarf), I think you will agree that the extra effort is worth it!
So let’s get started:
Step 1 – The Supplies
You can purchase your supplies at a local craft or fabric store, if you don’t already have them at home:
- ¼ yard of fleece fabric
- choose your favorite team color (solid or print)
- Or buy ½ yard and make 2 scarves (one to give away and one to keep)
- Yarn in a contrasting or coordinating color
- Sharp Scissors (preferably a fabric scissors, but any sharp scissors will work)
- A ruler
- A crochet hook (not necessary, but they are really inexpensive, and very helpful)
Step 2 – Lay out and mark the fleece (if you bought more than ¼ yard, or want a narrower scarf)
- Lay the fleece out on a flat surface
- Smooth out any wrinkles
- Make sure all of the edges are aligned neatly
- Use the ruler to make marks 9” in from the edge
- NOTE: You can adjust this if you’d like your scarf to be wider or narrower. O prefer 8″ for mine.
Step 3 – Cut the fleece (if you bought more than ¼ yard, or want a narrower scarf)
- Use your scissors to cut along the marks you made
- If you are using a really sharp scissors, you can keep the fleece folded in half, and cut through a double thickness
- If your scissors isn’t very sharp, I suggest unfolding the fleece, and only cutting through one thickness at a time
Step 4 – Check and Trim the Length
- Put the fleece around your neck and check the length
- Remember that you will be adding about 6” of fringe to each end
- Trim the length if you want a shorter scarf
- I cut this red scarf down to 40”, and some others down to 50”
Step 5 – Cut holes for fringe
- Lay the ruler along one short end of the scarf
- Fold over the short edge of the scarf about ½”
- Make a tiny cut in the fold
- The hole should be just big enough to fit a piece of yarn through it
- Make sure you don’t cut all the way to the short edge
- Use the ruler to make cuts every ¼” along the folded over edge
- Repeat this process on the other short end of the scarf
Step 6 – Cut 12” pieces of Yarn for the Fringes
- Measure and cut 12” pieces of yarn
- You’ll need enough for all of the holes you cut
- This will be 60 or 70 pieces, depending on how wide you cut your scarf, and how close your holes are to bring ¼” apart
- If you have a 12”ruler, use this method to speed things up:
- Unwind several feet of yarn from the skein it came in
- Hold the end of the yarn at one end of the ruler, and start wrapping the yarn around the ruler lengthwise
- NOTE: wrap the yarn loosely – don’t pull it tight
- After wrapping the yarn around 10 or 12 times, hold the yarn in place, and cut the yarn at both ends of the ruler
- NOTE: it is important to hold the yarn in place, because once you make the first cut, the yarn will want to fall all over the place if you aren’t holding it
- Repeat until you have enough yarn for your fringe
Step 7 – Tie on the fringe
- Fold a piece of yarn in half
- Start with the first hole on one end of the scarf
- Insert the crochet hook through the hole (from the top)
- Use the hook to grab the piece of yarn
- Pull the hook and yarn up through the hole
- Remove the crochet hook
- Take the loose ends of the yarn and push them through the loop of yarn
- Gently start to pull the loose ends through the loop (don’t pull hard, or you’ll tear the fleece)
- As you pull close to the fleece, roll up the short edge of the scarf, and gently push and pull the yarn until it is snug against this rolled up edge
- NOTE: Don’t worry if the ends of the yarn don’t line up exactly
- Repeat with another piece of yarn on the next hole
- Continue until all holes on both ends of the scarf are filled with fringe
Step 8 – Trim the fringe
- Lay the scarf down on a flat surface
- Smooth out the yarn, making it as straight as possible
- Use your scissors to trim the yarn and make a straight edge
- NOTE: You can leave the yarn untrimmed if you prefer
Step 9– WEAR IT!
Your finished scarf is ready to give away or to wear!
I’ve shared these before, but in case you missed it, here are the care instructions for your new scarf:
- Wash your fleece in cold water on the delicate or hand wash cycle.
- Avoid bleach or fabric softener.
- Tumble dry on LOW or simply air dry.
- Ironing is NOT recommended.
What do you think of this yarn fringe? The extra work adds so much, doesn’t it! And there’s still time to create some of these as gifts. I made this green with red fringe version for my book club friends:
I’ll be back in future weeks with some 2 and 3 colored fleece scarves, and with even more team spirit crafts in the months to come! So if you love sports, team spirit wear, and crafts, you’ll want to follow the blog (if you aren’t already), for weekly updates. And please pass it on to friends that you think might like it as well!
Until next week,
P.S. I have a long list of team spirit crafts that I want to share with you, as well as more game day food ideas and a few other goodies. But I’d love to hear what YOU want to see. So if you have some suggestions, please comment below.