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HOLIDAY Countdown #2: Fleece Navidad

By Jackie Burrell
Saturday, December 13th, 2008 at 6:09 am in Babies & Tots, Christmas, Crafts.

Fleece Hat & Scarf (Cindi Christie/CC Times)Holiday gift-making doesn’t get much easier than these snuggly, fleecy accessories. It will take you more time to drive to the fabric store and pick out adorable fabric, than to whip up these softly fringed scarves or tasseled toppers. Read on for instructions for the scarf and hat, then follow this link for more ideas.

Fleece scarf
For each scarf, cut a piece of fleece from selvage to selvage, and 10-12 inches wide. Trim off the salvages and cut a fringe of 1/2″ wide by 3 or 4″ long strips into the ends. Yes, it’s just that easy. (Cost $1-$3 each. Time: 20 minutes.)

Fleece Hat & Scarf (Cindi Christie/CC Times)Fleece hat
Measure around the widest part of your giftee’s head, add an inch and write that number down. Toddler heads will probably measure 18-20 inches, children 20-22, and adults 21-24. Lay out your fleece and cut a piece 15 inches high and your head measurement wide, so that the latter runs along the stretchy direction of the fabric.

Fold it in half, wrong sides together, and sew a narrow seam, stopping about 6 inches from the top. Turn it right side out, and fold the bottom edges up to form a 1 inch cuff. Fold it again. For a toddler hat, measure 5-6 inches from the bottom of the cuff and make a small mark. (For kids measure 6-7 inches, and adults 6 -8 inches. But don’t worry about it too much, as the cuff gives you some wiggle room in the fit.)

Now, cut deep fringe from the top of the hat down to the mark. The thinner the fringe, the floppier it will be. Cut a long, narrow strip from the remaining fleece and use it to tie off the top of the hat, just below the fringe. (Cost $2-$4 each. Time: 30 minutes. Expression on happy recipient’s face: priceless.)

Looking for more ideas? Our favorite new book is Abby Pecoriello’s “Crafty Mamas: 49 Fast, Fabulous, Foolproof Projects” for families with babies and toddlers.

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