Hello sports fans!

Did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?  One of things I have always enjoyed about the big game is the commercials, but there just don’t seem to be as many good ones as there used to be in years past.  Do you agree, or are my expectations too high?

Another favorite thing about the big game is the great game day snacks and drinks.  Did you try any of the recipes I shared over the past few weeks?  Please comment below and let know what you thought!

Now back to add more team spirit to your life!

This week I’ve got a scarf tutorial that I think you are going to love!

It starts with a single piece of fleece in your favorite color. Then you cut some fringes, and use a really easy technique to create the fancy looking braided edge.   Sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

So let’s get started:

Step 1 – Gather your Supplies

You will need the following:

  • 8” width of fleece fabric
  • A sharp scissors (preferably a fabric scissors)
  • A ruler
  • Masking tape
  • A pen or pencil
  • A paper clip

1-supplies

 

Step 2 –Mark and Cut the fleece

  • Lay the fleece out on a flat surface, with the fold away from you
    • Smooth out any wrinkles
    • Make sure all of the edges are aligned neatly
  • Use the ruler to make marks 8” in from the edge
    2a-mark
  • Use your scissors to cut along the marks you made
    2b-cut

    • 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 3 – Trim the Selvage edges

  • Trim the short ends of the fleece to remove the selvages
    3-trim-selvage

 

Step 4 – Cut Fringes on both Long Sides

  • Measure and mark 2” in the from both long edges
    4a-mark-2
  • Lay a piece of masking tape along the 2” marks
  • Measure and make marks every 1” along the length of both masking tape pieces
    4d-mark-1
  • Cut fringes into the long edges, using the 1” marks as guides

     

  • Remove the masking tape pieces
  • Unfold the scarf
    4g-unfold
  • You will have wider fringes at the fold line. Cut them in half

     

 Step 5 – Cut Slits into the Fringes

  • Taking one fringe at a time, fold it in half
    5a-fold-fringe
  • Cut a small slit in the middle of the fold

     

  • Repeat this on all of the remaining fringes

Step 6 – “Braid” the Edges 

  • Open the paper clip (as shown)
    6a-paper-clip
  • Starting at one end of the scarf, push the small end of the paper clip through the slit in the first fringe
    6b-paper-clip-into-slit
  • Push the paper clip through the slit in the second fringe and hook it around the fringe’s edge
    6c-hook-the-second 
  • Gently pull the paper clip and the second fringe back through the first fringe (I used my fingers to pull the second fringe all the way through first, once I got it started with the paper clip)
    6d-pull-2nd-fringe-through-1st-fringe-slit
  • With the paper clip still in the slit of the second fringe, push it through the slit on the third fringe and hook it
  • Pull the paper clip and the third fringe back through the second


  • Repeat this process until you reach the last fringe
    6g-repeat
  • Cut this last fringe in half


  • Pull half of this last fringe through the last slit
  • Tie to two halves of the last fringe into a knot
    6j-tie-a-knot 
  • Repeat the braiding process on the other side of the scarf, starting at the same end you did on the first side, so that the knots are on the same ends
  • All done! 

6k-finished

 

Step 7– Wear It!

Your finished scarf is ready to give away or to wear!

7-modelled

 

What do you think?

I hope you are enjoying these team spirit crafts as much as I am!

I’ll be back next week with another version of this scarf.  It’s in 2 colors, so it would be the perfect way to wear your favorite team colors while this cold winter weather continues.

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,

Carrie

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