Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fleece Cowl Sewing Pattern, Women's Ruffled Cowl, Neck Warmer Tutorial, Free Pattern

Fleece cowl is a perfect accessory to keep the winter blues away from your neck! This fleece cowl is one of my simplest patterns and can be whipped up in minutes! You can give a personal twist to the design by using printed fleece for the body of the cowl and solid fleece for the ruffle. Lace is also a good option for the ruffle. Adding ornamental wooden buttons  add a vintage touch to the cowl. Team it up with a simple top and jeans or tuck it inside your winter jacket to boost your feminine charm!

Materials Required

1) Fleece Pieces for the cowl body and ruffles.

2) Snap buttons- 2 numbers.

3) Sewing Notions.

Take two fleece pieces, 35-inches long and 7-inches wide. These are your cowl body pieces.

Also cut two fleece strips, 50-inches long and 1& 3/8-inches wide. These are strips for your ruffle.

Join the strips along the shorter edges at both ends with the right sides together to form a loop.

Sew a basting stitch along one of the longer raw edges  leave a long tail of thread, 6 to 7- inches long. Pull the thread from the bobbin gently and gather it. Note: to make a basting stitch, you will have to turn the upper thread tension of your machine to zero and stitch length to the longest.

Keep the ruffled edge of the loop all around the edge of one of the cowl body piece with the right sides together. Adjust the gathering to make it uniform and to match it with the edge of the cowl body piece and pin all around. Sew the ruffle onto the cowl body, removing the pins as you go.

Next take the next cowl body piece and keep it over the done piece with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Pin all around.

Sew the two pieces together, leaving a gap of about 4-inches to turn the cowl inside-out.

Turn the cowl inside-out through the gap.

Pull the ruffle taut, tuck in the raw edges and topstitch all around as marked by the blue line above.

Now lets add our snap buttons.

Keep  the shorter edges of the cowl aligned with the longer edges  as shown above.

Mark points on the edges and hand-sew the snap buttons.

 Your ruffled cowl is ready!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fingerless Gloves Sewing Pattern, Fleece Mittens, Women's Texting Gloves, Free Pattern.

                                Wear these striped fleece wrist-warmers as the weather turns chilly and make a style statement this fall! Striped gloves are usually done by knitters and crocheters but these fleece gloves are easier and quicker to work up. You can sew a pair in a little more than thirty minutes. Here, I will show you how to make women's fingerless gloves that not only give you warmth but serve as a fabulous accessory for texting with smart phones as well. They are  great as handmade gifts too! Couple them with fleece cowl (coming up next) and gift your loved one a cozy and stylish pair.

Material Required:

1) Fleece scraps in three desired solid colors.

2) Ornamental wooden buttons- 4 numbers.

* Seam allowance is 1/2-inch throughout unless otherwise specified.

* Use a straight stitch or a narrow zig-zag stitch.

* You may use a regular sewing machine needle.


Take the three fleece fabrics.

Cut one rectangle each of dimension, 5-inch length x 9-inch width from each piece. This would give you a glove that is 12-inches long and should fit an average woman. If you would want the fit to be more accurate, measure around the palm of your hand excluding the thumb and add 1-inch for seam allowance. That would be the width of your piece. Arrange the pieces in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

Take two of the pieces, keep them overlapping with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Sew along one of the longer edge to join.

Take the third rectangular piece and join it along the longer side with the  joint pieces.

Trim off the extra to reduce the bulk at the seam.

Finger press the seams flat. Here you may use a mild iron but take care not to press at high heat or it would melt the fleece.

Let's sew the glove shut along the side seams.

Fold the piece over with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Before sewing the side seam, we need to mark the two points for the thumb-hole. Mark one point at 2-inches from the top edge and the other at 4.5-inches.

Sew the glove shut, leaving the thumb-hole open. Make sure to reinforce the stitches above and below the thumb-hole.

Next we need to hem the lower and upper edges.

Finger press the side seam or here again you may use a mild iron.

Let's do the upper and lower hem.

Fold the upper and lower edge by 1/2-inch and sew the down the hem.

We need to finish the thumb-hole.

Sew down the seam allowance on either side of the thumb-hole using a needle and thread.

Turn the glove over to the right side.

You may sew wooden buttons on the side for embellishment. Repeat the steps to sew the other fingerless glove and we are done with our pair!