Fall and football go together like chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers. Fall and football also go with cooler weather. Stay warm and show off your team spirit with a fast and super easy beginner sewing project. This project is perfect for a first sewing project or a quick diversion for old hands at sewing. A little fleece and a few minutes lets you create a great scarf to show off your team spirit at the next football, or basketball game. For our example we were inspired by the football team spirit of a Packer’s fan so we used gold (yellow) and green colors.
Supplies for Fleece Scarf (Makes 3)
1/2 Yard Fleece in Team Color 1
1/2 Yard Fleece in Team Color 2
Thread Matching Fleece Colors
Rotary Cutter (optional)
Straight Edge (optional)
Cutting Mat (optional)
Cut the Fleece
Cut the fleece into 6″ wide strips down the length of the fabric. This is where the rotary cutter, cutting mat, and straight edge make quick work of the task if you have them. Fleece is usually 58″ or 60″ in width so this makes your scarves a good length when finished. 1/2 yard of fleece in each color should give you 6 total strips, enough for 3 scarves. Stack the pieces in sets of two for easy sewing in a moment.
Set Your Threads
Before you start sewing, wind a bobbin of one of your matching thread colors. Thread your machine and then make sure you put that color fleece on bottom when sewing.
Set the Stitch
You can absolutely use a basic straight stitch for this project. I just prefer a wide zigzag to better hold a stretchy fabric like fleece.
Sew the Seam
The actual sewing part of the scarf is super easy. Just sew a seam all the way down the middle of your layered fleece. It’s ok if your seam isn’t perfectly straight. Also, be sure to sew slowly as fleece stretches and you need to hold it snug so that the top and bottom piece don’t get out of alignment. To make sure my end seams are good and sturdy I use a trick beyond just back stitching at the start and end of the seam. Set your needle down a couple of inches from the end of the fleece. Sew back towards the end of the fleece. About 1/2″ from the end, stop, lift the needle, and turn the fleece around. Now you can sew back down your first stitches, securing them, and towards the far end of the fleece as normal. When you get 1/2″ from the end, stop, lift the needle, and turn the fleece around again. Now sew back towards the middle of the fleece for a couple of inches. Back stitch at this point and then remove the fleece from the machine (don’t forget to cut your thread).
Clip the Sides
Now all you have left is to clip the sides. Clip every 3/4″ or so down the length of each side of your sewn seam. Leave 1/8″ inch or so of fabric unclipped beside the seam. This helps keep the shape of the scarf and helps prevent accidental clipping of the seam. Once you are done clipping your scarf is complete!