The Easiest Handmade Gift Ever

Below is a post I wrote last year that I’ve decided to repost.  These scarves are so easy that I made 75 of them last year for foster kids in LA.  This year I’m have my kids make them with me and we’ll be donating a bunch to the Midnight Mission.   I would love to encourage everyone reading this to make some scarves for children in their local charities.  This is a great way to have kids take an active role in some holiday philantropy.

 No-Sew Scarf Post

Like every parent, I love gifts that my children make.  I also have a teeny tiny bit of hoarding tendencies.  So, unlike most sane parents, I don’t toss ANY of them out.  The result is a lovely collection of meticulously organized art storage systems around our house…..  ummmmm, such as the wall pocket pictured below.

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Note:  I will be writing a blog shortly on highly effective ways to weed out and cleverly store keepsakes.  If such a blog does not appear in the near future, you may find one on how to cope with the day your husband ties you up and forces you to watch a mountain of art work smolder in a ritualistic burning ceremony.

As to not add to our abundant piles of kid made projects, I try to think of gifts they can make that will actually be used rather than displayed.  The best project I have come up with for this holidays season is a No-Sew Scarf.

These are extremely easy and inexpensive to make.

1) Go to any fabric store.

2) Pick two felt fabrics you like.  When picking your fabric, pull at the edges to make sure it isn’t a fabric that frays or unravels.

3) Have the fabric-cutting-person make a straight cut on the leading edge before cutting the amount you are going to buy.  Ask them to cut a quarter yard and request that they make their cut as clean and straight as possible.  You may have small parts that need to be cleaned up but for the most part, they do a great job of giving you a nice edge.  Depending on the fabric you pick, this should cost between $5 and $6 and will yield two scarves.

-small parts along the edge that need trimming are usually as little as this:
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4) Fold the fabric in half, cut a clean edge on the ends

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5) Cut the end into several strips and do the same on the complimentary fabric

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6) You can either tie the two fabrics together to create a very long scarf or (as pictured above) you can cut off the strips of the complimentry fabric and knot them with one another to make fringe.1K6A9804

The result is really cute and the kids love to see their craft used.

It is a great craft for the little ones, however, this doesn’t need to be a kid project.   This holiday season, I’m making about 50 of these suckers for the foster kids in The Alliance for Children’s Right program and for god knows how many teachers, yard supervisors, school administrators, the mailman, etc.


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They also make really great fake hair for kids that insist on being as silly as humanly possible the minute you need them to look at the camera.

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