How to Make a Fleece Scarf With Pockets

I love to wear fleece and I love to make things with fleece even more.  It is so soft and comfy and also easy to work with.  I love the fact that the cut edges do not ravel. Here are three different looks for a fleece scarf.

The camo scarf has cozy hand warmer pockets.  I've written detailed instructions for this one.  

Since I had some leftover fleece when I made my blankets, I decided to add a little ribbon and make a couple more scarves. 

This scarf with hand warmer pockets is so cozy and very easy to make.  I figured out how to do it and made it in less than an hour. You can too!  My finished scarf measures 6” wide x 58” long.  Most fleece comes 58” wide so you will need 3/8 yd of fabric.  Adjust the size and fabric needed for a larger scarf.  The instructions will remain the same.

Fig 1 - Fold the fleece in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Neatly cut off the selvages. 

Fig 2 - Measure 9” in from each side and mark with a pin.  Using a straight stitch, sew both layers together creating a long rectangle.

Fig 3 - On the cut (not folded) side, trim to about 1/8” from stitching.  Take care to make a nice clean cut.
Sew a tight zigzag stitch 3” from each short end.
Trim each end to make fringe.

Fig 4 - Reinforce the inner line of stitching along the opening of the pocket for extra stability.

Tips and Tricks
I have good scissors, a steady hand and I wasn’t looking for perfection on the fringing on this project, so I cut freehand.  But if you are more cautious try out the Fring'ez - Adjustable No Sew Fringe Cutting Template.  It is a great and handy tool for many projects.

This size is best for a child or woman.  If you would like a larger version for a taller man, simply adjust the dimensions, make the pocket larger and otherwise use the same directions.  You will however need to determine the length of scarf you want and buy additional fabric.  For example if you want your scarf to be 72” long you will need to buy 2 yards of fabric.

I like my scarves to be double thickness but a single thickness will work well too, especially if you use a thicker fleece.

When cutting fleece I love to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter.  It cuts through fleece like warm butter and with a nice clean edge.  To save your work surface, be sure to use the companion self-healing mat.