Friday, December 28, 2012

Deep Pocket Scarf

Hey all! I hope you are having a fantastic Christmas holiday! We are enjoying spending this time with family, so no link party this week. I do have a lovely little post to share with you today...hope you enjoy!

I have some great friends. They are always there for me, they are my life savers. In the non-candy sense. As people who live about a million miles away from our closest family, my friends have turned into my pseudo family here. And I couldn't live without them.

Each year we trade simple gifts for one another and this year I thought the deep pocket scarf from Delia Creates would be the way to go. It's a soft, simple scarf, with huge pockets for your hands, (or keys or phone, I've found), and totally in my budget.

Luckily, the fabric store was having a 50% off sale on all their fleece so I was able to grab many different kinds of soft fleece material.


By the time I got around to taking pictures I had already given away 4 of my deep pocket scarves. See that plaid on top? Yeah, that one got a little messed up...so hey, I get a scarf this year, too! Yeah!


 But I had fun with them, using lime green thread for an accent on some....



....and making them personalized for others (like using zebra stripes for one friend. Sadly, not pictured).


The bright yellow is one of my favorites, but I think it deserves a home with someone else, since I claimed the plaid one already. What's a girl to do with TWO deep pocket scarves? (Oh, how I wish....)


These were super fun to make and Delia has great instructions on her tutorial. The only change I made was to make the scarves about 4-5 inches longer for my tall friends (yes folks, I'm a shorty...as I've mentioned before). Her tutorial was perfect for someone my height, which is around 5' 4" on a good day. I have friends who tower above me at about 5' 9" - 10" so their scarves had to be longer to accommodate.

I also folded down the top of the pocket and sewed a couple straight seams to give it a more finished look...that and I might have sewed the pocket a bit too high and had to find a way to lower it...in the end, though, it was one of those mistakes that worked out and I ended up hemming the top of the pocket on all my scarves.


Beware though, fleece is VERY stretchy, so be sure to try on the scarf to make sure it is the correct length for you, and you may have to trim off some of the pieces after you sew.

Trying to get self portrait...note to self, buy a tripod with a remote or teach my 4 year old how to take fabulous pictures. Hmmm....


Although these made great little gifts, you can always make them for your own use during the cold winter months! Thanks, Delia, for a great tutorial and idea!

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