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Simple Pocket Scarf

Once upon a time, when I was a young kindergarten teacher with recess duty every day, I fell in love with an overly long scarf that my teacher grandmother made me. The genius of this scarf was that it could be wrapped around the throat several times and still be long enough to tuck your hands into the generous pockets on the ends. It was wonderful. And it’s the perfect winter accessory for those mitten and glove hating kids out there. This version, made from fleece, is an extremely quick to make project. So quick, in fact, that you’ll probably find yourself making them for the whole family.

Things you’ll need:
Fleece, about 2 yards for most kids
Sewing machine and notions
Fabric scissors
Fabric measuring tape

Things to do:
1. Measure from the nape of your child’s neck to the tips of their fingers when it is laying against their leg. Multiply this by 1-1/2.
2. Lay your fleece out on a flat work surface and cut two lengths of fabric to this length and 6 inches wide. (You can also cut one long piece 3 times that dimension if your fabric is long enough) You’ll also need to cut two pieces that are 6 inches by 6 inches (or 6 x 8 for bigger kids)
3. Pin the two long pieces together along the short sides and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
4. Lay the scarf out flat and pin the squares at the ends (make sure you are sewing them on the same side!)
5. Sew the pockets in place along the three outside edges, leaving the top open.
6. Turn the pockets inside out or leave as they are and embellish the edges of the scarf with a decorative stitch.

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