With Christmas just a few days away and everyone being short on time for makes, over the next couple of days I thought I'd share some ideas for some super-quick makes for all of us that are procrastinators.
Jamie and Maia are both illogically anti-scarf, and I spend more time than healthy arguing with them about the need to keep their necks covered in the winter, so I whipped up some cowls to quell the protests. I already have a tute for a 15-minute double layer snood, but I wanted to make a bibbed variation for the kids so they had some extra coverage and warmth for their chests for when their coats are zipped down against all advice and rationality. The bibbed front means that the side seams sit on their shoulders and offers good coverage of the neck, but that the bib also extends down the chest front and back for extra warmth and protection from the elements. Make time is again less than half an hour once you've drawn the pattern, so you can easily whip some up for the kids' stockings, last-minute birthday gifts etc. The cowl I made has an interlock layer and a fleece layer (or you could use two jerseys for less cold weather) and potentionally the cowl is reversible if you slip-stitch at the last step. These dimensions are suitable for my five and seven year old; for adult dimensions the width still works but you'll probably want to increase overall height. It's suitable for all knit fabrics. Let's go!
Cut two pieces each of both a main and lining. As above, I used interlock and fleece. Make sure the stretch is going across horizontally.
Right sides facing, sew the main fabrics together along the side seam on one side. Repeat for the two lining pieces. I'm using a serger because I have one, if you have a regular machine that's fine too! Modern regular machines might have a pre-built stretch stitch (like a lightening bolt), with older or more basic machines you can use a narrow zigzag. All of the seams end up enclosed so neatness isn't an issue.
Now you have this.
Place the lining on top of the main, right sides facing, and pin the layers together along the top straight edge and the bottom curved edges. You are going to sew along these lines (as per the black lines) and leave the sides open. Obviously, follow the curves rather than my hatchet-ey straight lines in the picture. Make sure the seams in the centre match up.
This is me sewing the layers together.
And this is me done this step.
Turn right side out through one of the open side seams. Fold along the centre seam so the raw edges match up.
Where the main fabric transitions to the lining fabric at the top edge, pinch together at the seam so the right sides are facing. Pin here, and then continue pinning the main fabric to the main fabric along the raw edge, leaving the lining fabrics alone for now.
This is what it looks like when the main fabric is pinned. See how the lining is hanging free?
Starting at the side seam where the main transitions to the lining, start pining the lining together right sides facing. As you are doing this, the whole cowl will disappear into the interior. This is known as bagging.
Now that all the lining has been pinned to the lining, there is a resulting circle to sew and the cowl is hiding inside. In order to access the cowl and pull it right sides out, you will need to leave a gap in the lining. I normally find two inches is fine for pulling it out, and I normally place the gap in the middle of the lining away from the side seams. If you don't leave that gap, the cowl is trapped inside!
Sew all the way around this edge.
Again, make sure you leave the gap!
Through the hole, start pulling it right sides out.
Voila! If you want to iron for neatness, do it now. Beware the fleece (if you're using it) as it will melt at too hot a heat.
But... there's still that hole to close.
If you want to make it reversible slip-stitch it closed, however, if you're going to have it mostly main side out you can top stitch it close to the edge. Because it's slouchy, the stitching will disappear anyway and no one will notice.
And you're done!