Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Fun Winter Party Craft That’s Practical and Versatile

The pretty green scarf on the left was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law.  Girls Night In Craft ScarvesI love it, and wear it almost all the time.  Indoors and out!  So when I was tossing ideas around for my Mom’s-Night-Out party, my scarf came to mind. 

That’s it! I thought.  These would be so much fun to make while we chat! 

As it turns out, it was not only an easy craft, it was a big hit!  With temps around zero outside, and the house rather chilly to boot, the scarves came in handy! 

My friends and I have often joked that we belong to an elite club known as the Worst Moms In The World.  And if not the Worst, at least the meanest.  Lol!  Now, we all have matching scarves to seal our membership.  :)

JELLO mousse partyWhat you will need:

  • Strips of 9 inch wide double sided fleece
  • Scissors.

That’s it!

I picked up two yards of a pretty striped fleece from Wal-Mart and cut four scarves per yard. 

The length can vary depending on how long you want the scarves.  The width of the fabric, as it turned out, was just the right size for what I thought adults would wear.

I cut the strips ahead of time and had them all tucked in a basket.  All we had to do was decide on fringe length and whether we wanted to cut fringe all the way around, like my green scarf, or just on the ends.  

We decided just the ends. I put a mark on the scissors so that we could easily cut the fringe the same length as we went.  And then added the slot.  The slot, you say?

It’s really hard to see, but look closely at the right hand length of the green scarf.  See the slot cut vertically in the middle of the fleece about 16 inches from one end?

Girls Night In Craft ScarvesThe slot is cut intentionally so that when you put the scarf around your neck, you can pull the other end through the hole and make it as snug or loose as you like.  Without a big old knot under your neck.

You can see how it works on my little model.

model 1

I had no trouble getting him to wear it for me.

Model 2

The trouble was getting it back!  Lol!

I can see this craft being a big hit at just about any winter activity!

  • Classroom parties (Christmas or Valentines)
  • Birthday parties
  • Teacher Gifts
  • Winter retreats.  I can see it being a fun way to distinguish small groups!  :)

Since my boys are really bummed that they didn’t get to make one, I have a feeling the craft would even be a hit at boys’ events.  There are tons of masculine colors and prints.  But don’t be surprised if the boys like the bright ones, too!  My older boys are just as bad as my youngest at swiping my new scarf. 

Can you think of any other kind of activity this would be good for?

Linked to Works For Me Wednesday and Just Something I Whipped Up Monday.


lisaschaos said...

Looks nice! What a fun activity! :0)

The Girl Creative said...

So cute and easy! Thanks for linking. :) Don't forget to come back Friday and link to a post of your top 10 favorite posts of 2009. :)

Mari said...

Great idea - and so cute!

Candace said...

I love the "slot" idea! I made quite a few "Phillies" fleece scarves for Christmas presents this year - I wish I had thought of that!

SkylarKD said...

The slot idea is really smart - I hate having a bunchy knot under my chin!

Heather said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to make one! I really like the slot idea, too. I'm going to run and grab some fleece while I'm getting those holiday treats you mentioned in your other post :)

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