Soft, warm, cuddly…and super fuss-free when it comes to laundering! That’s the beauty of fleece scarves. They’re economical enough to buy ready-made, but if you’re looking for that perfect color, size or want ideas on how to personalize and customize them, this is the page for you!
I’ve pulled together a vast collection of free projects and tutorials from around the web, plenty offering something unique in terms of finishing or design…but there may be a few identical ones too. I’ve included them for you to choose which set of directions suit you best.
First up, I’ll provide quick instructions below for making a simple fleece scarf. There’s no pattern required since it’s just measuring & cutting. This takes no time at all and you don’t even need a sewing machine to complete it!
How To Make A Simple No-Sew Version:
- Cut a piece of fleece in the dimensions you want (both width and length). Remove any selvage edges if any (take that into account when measuring for final product).
- Determine the length of fringe you desire and mark that out on both ends (standard is about 4″).
- Next, take a rotary cutter to the ends (or scissors will do if you have an even hand) and cut even strips up to the point you marked off. Strips can be as wide or thin as you like, but measure each time to ensure they are the same size.
- Once all the strips are cut on both sides, you can opt to knot each one of them at their base where they connect to the main body of the scarf. I’ve seen tied pony beads there too.
That’s all there is to it! Although you shouldn’t need to prewash fleece before working with it since it’s usually 100% polyester and won’t shrink, I’d do it anyway just to get rid of the oils/dirt from being handled in the store (and chemicals from manufacturing). It’s also a good idea to see how the fabric holds up after a good wash.
Tip: Keep your eye out for fleece blankets on sale, they can make quite a batch of matching scarves and the quality is usually lovely.
Next up: Here are over two dozen projects for fleece scarves, including several with no sewing required! Lots to choose from with many styles appropriate for both grown-ups and kids. Also check out these hats so you can make a matching set. Enjoy!
Cute Pom-Poms: Simple design, two layers of fabric with a couple pom poms on each end (instructions included for making them).
Three-Styles: Yarn strands, DIY yarn pom poms & cut fringe. Scissors are used to punch holes that strands of yarn will be thread through (with a crochet hook).
Infinity: Whips up in about half an hour, fabric size needed: 95″ x 25″ (folded in half lengthwise and then sewn together).
With Deep Pockets: It is a simple design with deep pockets to keep hands warm. Length is longer so you can wrap around your neck as well.
Neck Warmers: Two different projects offered including a neck warmer. Instructions included for making a reverse applique element.
Hooded: Great way to add a favorite cotton print (and keep your head covered!).
Simple: All you need is a 1/3 of a yard of fabric and a sewing machine. Two pieces are stitched together with three seams up the middle then cut in 1″ strips up both sides.
Quilted: I like the tailored look of this, uses two pieces of coordinating fabric. Guy friendly fashion.
With Yarn Fringe: Another look at this technique…made by pulling yarn through slits and tying in place.
Jumbo Fringed: This one’s huge! Needs two yards to make it. Free pdf download is available.
Fast Fashion: Double sided with ruffled fabric (take care to cut “in-between” the ruffles).
Double Sided/Knotted: Super easy and can use two of the same prints or something contrasting.
Double Braid: Double thickness (notice how nice the contrast is!), braided edge.
Never Falls Off: Uses two contrasting colors & features a design tweak to ensure this stays put.