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.