DIY: Sew a Cowl Scarf in 10 Minutes

The final days of October last year, my husband, myself and our three kiddos, S, M and B were driving home from our vacation in sunny Florida.  We were refreshed, renewed and ready to get back to regular life.  Life was good!

Then we got to Kentucky, stopped for a few hours to sleep and woke up to snow…in Kentucky…which was still seven hours South of home.  If it was cold enough to snow in Kentucky, what in the world was it going to be like in Wisconsin?  Seven hours later, safe at home, we opened our truck doors and realized winter was upon us.  It came and it came fast!

Like any self respecting mother, I panicked.  Where did I pack the winter clothes?  What size boots did each kid need?  Could B wear M’s hand me downs?  Could I let out the cuff in the two older kid’s snow pants and make them work for another year?  To the basement I went, digging out anything fleece, lined or containing down.  Then I got out my trusty notepad and began to write a lengthy (and expensive) list.

We were out of vacation mode, and we were out of it fast.  I don’t remember much that day at the store, but I remember we had to buy a lot and I promised my three little ones each a new scarf; which I would sew for them (they always get excited when I sew them something).  I bought a quarter yard of fleece for each kid and figured that week I could make them.

That first week came and went, then the second.  The kids got colds, we got busy and the scarves were never made.  I had such plans for that fleece, I knew just what I wanted to do and it didn’t happen.  Fail!

But wait, today I stumbled upon that fleece and then I had an idea.  After battling to get my littlest to keep her old scarf on, and dealing with tying and retying constantly I thought of a better way!

A Cowl Scarf.  Why didn’t I think of that before?

After dinner, my husband volunteered to head off bath time while I quick whipped up the cowl scarves.  Seriously, bath time was started and done and I made three of these things!  They were that easy.  First you cut two pieces of fleece about 8 inches by 20 inches.  That size fit my one, three and six year old (and me).

Now, you want to put those pieces with right side (I always call it nice side) together.  Then pin or clip and sew the long sides about half and inch in.  Make sure you do both sides.


Now turn the fabric the correct way.  Here is the kind of tricky part, but I promise you can do it!  You are going to want a to make the short side’s seam hidden, but since it is a circle  you are going to have “pin” or hold as you go.

Take the top piece of fabric and put it right side together (making sure the seams that connect the top and bottom fabric meet).  Make sure you are only having your seam putting two pieces of fabric together at a time start sewing a straight stitch.
 The fabric will start to form a little ball as you put nice sides together and sew on this line.  Continue until you are about 1 to 2 inches from where you started.

5Now take your little ball of fleece (or whatever material you used) and pull it all through the hole you left open.



Now you can either close the hole up by hand, or do what I did and make sure the hole ends up and an inconspicuous spot, and sew it up on the machine.

It is warm and cozy and will keep the wind off of our faces while we walk to school.  And I say “our” faces because I’m making one for me tomorrow and for my husband and probably my slew of nieces and nephews:)

It is so funny to me that what I thought was the perfect idea, making fleece scarves, three months later was far surpassed by these cowls.  As I was sewing them, I thought how much this applies to my prayer life.  So many times we know exactly what we need but we don’t get it.  Later on we find that God has an even better plan!

Isaiah 55:8-11 reads:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares theLord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

God has certainly laid this out for us so clearly.  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”  God knows what we need better than we ever will!  Though right now we may think a scarf will protect us from the cold, it will require constant annoyance and maintenance.  God may leave us with a cold face for a short while, but in the end he will give us just what we need: something to give us prefect protection from the bitter cold!

May you continue to trust in God’s all-knowing plan even when you face the cold days of life!

Katie M.

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