Little Fleece Cowl

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I have a little girl on my hands who loves all winter accessories except for sensible shirts (like turtlenecks) and gloves or mittens. Which makes braving the cold walk to school in the winter a little difficult. I’ve solved the anti mitten issue with a muff but the wails of “my neck and nose are cold!” have been an ongoing problem. Until now. I’ve long been a big fan of cowls for myself but worried about the weight of a knitted one on someone who already protests things around her neck. Fleece makes a nice, light weight alternative. And since fleece doesn’t need to be hemmed, there are no bulky edges to get the in the way.

Here’s what you need.

1. Measure around the crown of your child’s head. Multiply that number by 1 1/2, this is your length measurement. Multiply the original number by 3/4, this is your height measurement.

2. Cut a piece of fleece using those numbers.

3. Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch with the longest stitch length possible. Sew parallel to the width edges, every 3 inches down the length of the rectangle. Do not lock your stitches and leave teh tail ends of the thread long.

4. Grasping the bobbin thread, pull gently to created a scrunched look on the fabric. Tie the ends in a double knot at both ends and trim. Repeat for each stitch line.

5. Join the two width ends together and sew with a zig zag stitch (this allows for some stretch) leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim the edges and turn right side out.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

4 thoughts on “Little Fleece Cowl

  1. Diane

    I just followed your directions and made one of these. It is SO cute! And very simple to make. I’ve been wanting something like this for awhile and you have inspired me to make one myself! It is better than a scarf as you don’t have to readjust it ever. Thank you for posting this!!

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