Petal Scarf how-to (and Scarf Party!)

11.29.11


I knew my little house was going to need to be in ship shape for Thanksgiving houseguests, so I decided to take full advantage of it and throw a party the night before they arrived.

Not a real, actual party. I’m not crazy.

But a craft night for my daughter and five other cute chatty girls.

Who are just at the age where they are comletely impressed with anything I do and are fully cluless if I haven’t managed to bleach the kitchen sink or put matching hand towels in the bathroom.

 A few weeks before Thanksgiving my daughter and I picked out some fleece on sale, then the two of us spent a couple nights clipping while watching documentaries on PBS and the Singoff.

We set out all our stacks of circles. Along with popcorn and apple juice. When the girls arrived, all they had to do was pick out their favorite colors, assemble their a pattern, snip a few slits, and string everything together.
The timing was perfect. It took the girls about 45 minutes to chat and snip and assemble. Once they were all done, I sewed up the edges in a few minutes flat, which left just enough time for them to chase eachother giggling down the hallway and make a few mini caramel apples to gobble down. And we sent home a group of happy, cozy, well-insulated girls.

Petal Scarf How-To
Supplies
1/2 to 3/4 yard fleece per scarf
a little thread (optional)
a good pair of sewing scissors

Method
1. Use a lid to cut circles on the fold of the fleece as shown. We found for a little girl scarf, 20-25 circles is just right.
2. Snip a slit through each folded circle of fleece, through both layers, as shown. Leave one circle with no slit.
3. Begin with the first circle and keep it folded in half.
4. Choose the second circle, or link, open it up and thread it through the hole of the first circle, then fold it together again so both layers line up.
5. Now repeat with the next circle, and on and on until you reach about 20 circles.
6. Your very last circle will be the circle with no slit. Thread it through, fold it together so both layers line up, then stich a quick seam along half of the circle so it is sewn closed.

Or if you prefer not to sew, cut a few fringes along the edge and tie them together. Do the same on the beginning circle so both ends of the scarf match.
The end. Don’t you love your new scarf? And please, tell, what are your favorite ideas for a quick, low-key excuse to get together during the holidays?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Hil November 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

This is the cutest!

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Vanessa November 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

Very cute. May have to try this with the little gals!

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Morgan November 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Definitely going to make these with my girls. I love it! I like any excuse to get together over the holidays, but craft days or nights are my favorites. I just need to know more people who like to do it!

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Christina November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I teach fourth grade and try to have my students make a practical, attractive gift each year during the holidays. The best part about this is that my girls AND boys can make this, depending on the fleece, and it’s appropriate for my students of diverse religious backgrounds. Thank you soooo much for sharing this!

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AmberLee November 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Yipee! Christina! I’m so happy I could be helpful. And what the awesome teacher you are!

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Amy {The Idea Room} November 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Hey Amber!! How are you doing? Had to come spend some time over here and see what you have been up to. I love this idea and think it is just the perfect activity for my girls and their girl cousins to make during the Christmas Holidays!

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Tina November 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Love love love this idea! Totally doing it!

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mandy November 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

and i think this would work with ‘upcycled’ felted sweaters wool, yes? i think i’m going to try it. what fun!

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Kristen S- Craft Gossip December 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

This craft is so cute! I love the idea of having a craft party with girls all gathered around the table making their own scarf! Just posted about it on Craft Gossip!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5142

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Sarah @ Mum In Bloom December 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

How big do you cut the circles? I love this idea!

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AmberLee December 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

hi Sarah! Thanks for your note! I just measured, and they are 4.5 inch circles (we traced the lids of our big yogurts).

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justjayma December 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

This is the CUTEST!! I love it!

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AmberLee December 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

thanks justjayma! i’m so happy you like : )

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Beth December 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Just wondering what age the girls doing this craft were? I thought about doing this with my daughter and her friends but I was just wondering at what age your girls were to see if mine were old enough . ( They would all be 7-8 )

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AmberLee December 5, 2011 at 5:59 am

Hi Beth! Yes, that was just the age we had! Though we had a few 9-year-olds sprinkled in. It really was just the perfect level to keep them busy and happy, and they were able to do it mostly on their own.

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Nicole Smith January 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

This is a really awesome and beautiful scarf! I am a community management assistant at Instructables.com. You should consider submitting this to our Valentine’d Day Challenge. We’re giving away a iPad 2 and Kindle Fire.

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Lori January 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

Such a cute and simple idea! I LOVE it! I might try other shapes since I have grandsons. ; ) Thank you!

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MichelleH October 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

Darling!!!

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Betty N December 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I did 3 of these this evening. Need to finish them off and have a question for you Amber:
You mentioned that you sew (hand sew) them here and there. I’m thinking maybe at the edges of each circle?…
Or use a light weight tacky glue inside so as to keep the circles more in their palce?
Anyone…any tips here as for stitching them a bit.
They are “Darling”…I cut small circles for smaller people. Doing a 3 yr old then an 8 year old. Someone also mentioned a different design for ‘boys’..what could that be? a shape of a football or so?

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Deanna December 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

I love this! A cute idea and simple. My neices and I may have to have a girls night:) Thanks!

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