DIY Snowflake Scarf for a Stuffed Toy

DIY Snowflake Scarf for a Stuffed Toy

The holidays are coming up and for me, that
means making festive handmade gifts! So I was really happy when Simplicity sent me some
great supplies and asked me to create a DIY seasonal accessory for this stuffed fox, which
I made with one of their patterns in a video over on simplicity’s channel. This was my first time working with one of
Simplicity’s patterns and I’m super happy with the way it came out! The pattern provided
me with everything I needed to know to make it including pattern pieces that fit together,
a list of the materials that I needed to make it, and surprisingly easy step-by-step
instructions for the whole project. So, now that I’ve made the fox, I’ve decided
to make a wintery snowflake scarf to give it a little extra handmade holiday cheer.
You can use this tutorial to make this snuggly accessory for any stuffed animal or doll – whether
it’s a toy that you sew together yourself, buy in a store, or already own. This scarf
is simple and inexpensive to make, but it’ll give whatever little creature wears it a special,
homemade touch – and I think that it would be perfect to give as a gift this season. Here’s how it’s done! Read the video description below for a list
of all the materials you’ll need for this project. This scarf is made out of a pretty
small amount of felt depending on the size of the doll who will be wearing it. Wrap some measuring tape around the toy as
if it were a scarf, then decide how long you want the scarf to hang. I decided that mine
would be 18 inches long and one and a quarter inches wide. Next, measure and cut enough felt so your
scarf will have two layers. Because the felt sheets I used are only 12 inches long, I divided
the 18” strips in half – meaning that I’d need four pieces total; each of them a 9 by
1.25 inch rectangle. To make this easier, I measured out that shape on paper first and
cut it out so I could use it as a template. If you feel comfortable measuring and cutting
the felt directly, you could totally do that instead! I pinned my template to the felt and cut around
it using these Martha Stewart all purpose scissors, which can be used on all kinds of
materials. Then, I cut out three more of that shape. I was really happy with how sharp and
precise these scissors are and they made this step a lot easier than the dull pair I was
using before I got these. If they’re not exactly the same, you can line them up like
this and trim the edges to match. If you divided your scarf in half like I did,
the next step is to sew the two front pieces together at their short ends. But if your
scarf pieces are already the length you need, skip ahead to the embroidery section of this
tutorial! To attach the two halves together, start by
cutting a length of embroidery floss that matches the color of your felt, then thread
it onto an embroidery needle and tie a knot at the end. Then, line up the short ends of
the two pieces you want to join together like this. Start your needle at the corner between
the two pieces so your knot will be hidden on the inside, then start whipstitching the
pieces together along the short edges. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch or
any of the other ones I’m using in this video, read the video description below for
links to more detailed tutorials for those stitches. But basically, when you’re whipstitching
two pieces together like this, you’ll be drawing a line across the gap where the felt
pieces will connect, then inserting your needle diagonally into the direction where your next
stitch will be. Repeat this motion along the edges you’d like to join! Once you’ve sewn all the way across the
short edges, tie it off to secure it by opening up the pieces and pushing your needle through
to the back where you can tie a knot. I do this by grabbing a nearby stitch with my needle
and then pulling my needle through the loop that forms, that way the knot is tied right
up against the fabric. Make a second knot like this if you want to and trim the excess. Repeat this step with the remaining felt pieces
so you have two identical rectangles; the front of the scarf and the back. Now, we’ll
embroider some cute snowflakes onto the front piece! Cut a length of white embroidery floss,
thread it onto a needle, and then tie a knot at the end. Decide where you want to place your first
big snowflake, but keep in mind that you should leave at least an inch for some fringe at
each end of the scarf! Picture where you’ll want the center of the snowflake to go and
push your needle up from the back in that spot. Then, imagine where one arm of the snowflake
will be reaching out from that center point and push your needle back down at the end
of that arm. Since snowflakes tend to be symmetrical, stitch
a line mirroring the one you just made by pushing your needle up from the back at the
end of an arm the same length but in the opposite direction from your first one, then push your
needle back down through the center point where your last line started. Continue stitching these little arms as you
go around your snowflake, making a stitch on one side then mirroring it on the other.
You’ll kind of want to imagine that the outer points of your snowflake form a circle,
but remember that this can be a little messy – I love the imperfect charm of hand-stitched
pieces like this! My snowflakes have six of these little arms, but feel free to make this
more or less complicated if you’d like – you’re only limited by your imagination here! Now, I’m going to stitch two tiny V-shapes
over the top of each line. Push your needle up where you imagine the top right point of
the first V to start, then push your needle down where the bottom point will go, along
the first arm of your snowflake. Repeat that step for the other side of the V, again imagining
that the snowflake arm is a mirror and you’re stitching its reflection. Just like this! Then, repeat this just underneath it with
a second V-shape on that same line. Once you’re happy with this line, repeat that same process
for each line all the way around the whole snowflake. This kind of stitching, to me,
feels like drawing. But instead of putting ink to paper, you’re thinking about each
line you’ll want to draw and making a stitch that goes along that line. This is what my finished snowflake looks like!
To secure it in place, flip over the piece, push your needle under one of the stitches
near where your thread is coming out from the front, and then as you’re pulling it
tight, put your needle through the loop that forms to make a knot. I usually do this twice,
just in case, then trim the excess embroidery floss with your scissors. Make as many of these big snowflakes as you’d
like along the front side of your scarf! I stitched up four of them, then I decided to
stitch some smaller ones as well. These are simpler versions of the big ones, without
stopping in the center of the snowflake and without the little v-shapes on the arms. But
they stitch up really quickly, so if you’re having trouble with the big snowflakes, this
is an example of something a little easier that you can stitch and still get that lovely
wintery look! I did a small cluster of these little snowflakes,
then turned the piece over and tied it off like I did before. Then, you can move onto
another cluster somewhere else on the scarf without having to reach too far across the
back with your embroidery floss! Once I was totally happy with the embroidery,
I decided to line my scarf with pipe cleaners so I could bend the scarf into the shape I
wanted when I attach it to the fox plushie. You can skip this step if that isn’t important
to you. Start by folding over the ends of each pipe
cleaner because they’re sharp and they could poke through the felt if you don’t. Because
my pipe cleaners aren’t long enough to reach along the whole length of the scarf, I combined
two for each side by measuring how long I wanted them against the scarf, then I twisted
two pipe cleaners together where they overlap like this. Keep in mind that we’ll be making about
an inch of fringe on each end, so you’ll want your pipe cleaners to start an inch
from each end of the scarf. To keep the two long pipe cleaners from getting too close
together inside of the scarf, I cut five shorter lengths of pipe cleaner like this. Then, again measuring against the scarf to
see how far apart they should go, I twisted one end of a shorter pipe cleaner onto one
long one, then twisted the other end onto the other long one. It’s a little bit hard
to explain so this might be easier to do by just watching the video and copying what I’m
doing. I placed five of these along the two long
pipe cleaners, one at each end and the other three spaced throughout the middle. It looks
like this when it’s ready! Place the piece onto the back layer of the scarf, then put
your embroidered front piece on top so the pipe cleaners are sandwiched between those
two layers. Use sewing pins to hold all three layers together, then we’re ready to attach
them! Thread a needle with a nice, long piece of
white embroidery floss and tie a knot at the end. Start a blanket stitch at least one inch
in from the short end to leave room for the fringe. Push your needle up from between the layers
of fabric so your knot won’t be visible later and your thread is coming out of the
front of the scarf like this. Then, blanket stitch the layers together along the long
edges of the scarf. To blanket stitch, push your needle down through
all of the layers next to where your thread is coming out. But before you pull it tight,
pull your needle around the side and through the loop the thread makes like this. Again,
read the video description for a more detailed blanket stitch tutorial if you need it. Continue all the way down the length of the
scarf, keeping in mind that your needle goes down from the top through all of the layers
each time and comes back around to the front around the side and through the loop. If you
look at the side, you’ll see that this stitch is holding the edges shut around the pipe
cleaners, so you won’t be able to see them anymore. If you run out of embroidery floss along the
way, it can be a little bit complicated to tie off your thread and start a new piece.
I did this by tying a knot onto the pipe cleaner near where it happened and pushing the thread
end inside of the layers of the scarf. Then I got a new piece of floss, tied a knot at
the end, and started it right on top of the last stitch I made… otherwise, there was
a hole along the side and I didn’t like the way that looked. Feel free to test out
other ways to do this more seamlessly. Once you reach the end, tie a little knot
along the side of your last blanket stitch so it stays up straight. Then, we’re going
to sew a line of running stitches across the scarf one inch from the end where we’ll
be cutting the fringe later. Push your needle between the layers of felt and up through
the front piece to start, pull the pin out if you need to, then stitch in an up and down
motion like this all the way across. When you get to the other side, make sure
that your last stitch is coming up from the back, then you’ll be in the perfect place
to continue your blanket stitch up the other side. If your pipe cleaner pokes out at any
point, just push it back in before you continue stitching. We’re getting so close to finishing this
project! Once you’ve finished your blanket stitches, sew one last row of running stitches
across the other end of the scarf – one inch from the end just like we did before. Then
you basically just have to figure out where to tie a knot to keep it all together. I tied
mine along the side, attached to the first blanket stitch we made earlier. Then, to hide the excess thread, I pushed
the needle between the layers of fabric and out on the back of the scarf to hide it, then
trimmed off the piece that stuck out. Remove all of the pins, then all we have to do is
cut some fringe! Using these tiny Martha Stewart detail scissors,
which are exactly the perfect length for this, I cut thin strips along each end of the scarf
to simulate the yarn fringe you’d see at the end of a cozy knit scarf. If you don’t
have detail scissors, you can use longer ones, just try to stop your cuts at the same length
every time and be careful not to cut into the stitches we made earlier. And now we’re finished! This is what my
scarf looks like. To attach it to a plush toy, bend it around the toy’s neck and squeeze
it where you want it to stay like this and the pipe cleaners will lightly hold that position.
That way, you don’t have to sew it on to get it to stay and you can remove it and switch
it to another toy anytime you’d like! You could add one of these scarves to a stuffed
toy you give as a gift this season to make it a little bit more unique and even to give
a store-bought toy an added handmade touch! It’s like you’re dressing up someone’s
gift just for them! I love how this scarf turned out. It gives
this little guy a seasonal touch for the holidays and you can customize it however you want
by choosing different colors and even varying the embroidery design. If you decide to make
one yourself, i’d love to see how it comes out! send me a picture on twitter @laurenmyrtle
or use #laurenfairweather on instagram. I want to thank Simplicity for sponsoring
me on this video. It was such an easy project to make and it totally got me into the holiday
spirit! And if you do want to learn how to make this adorable fox plushie, be sure to watch
the video that I made over on simplicity’s channel where I’ll show you how to make it! Click
here to see that or check the video description for a link. Thanks for watching, happy holidays, and I’ll
see you soon.

32 thoughts on “DIY Snowflake Scarf for a Stuffed Toy

  1. did you make Captain Adorable there from basic quilting cotton? I love the choice of the simple print, super adorable!

  2. Thanks Lauren for these lovely tutorials. Since I subscribed last year, I have watched every single one and even got inspired to do quite a few of your crafts! I remembered from a previous wake up date that you are having a baby soon. Hope everything goes well and early merry christmas! 🙂

  3. This was very cute! I might use a combination of the snowflakes here with the spierweb bow headband for the winter… Not sure! I've been so busy with crochet commissions soing anything has been a lot haha!

  4. Wowie! This is so cute! I'm not usually gr8 at sewing DIY projects, but this would be gr8 to make for my many stuffed animals. I might have to try this.

  5. oh sweet little Lauren! This is perfect! I'm going to tag you on some of my instagram pics (@sewfluffincute) so you can see when I make some holiday scarves for my Al's Pals!!!

  6. I have an idea for the ends of the scarf… you could just leave the ends how they started off, then make little braids of thread that are attached to the end.

  7. Didn't know anyone had enough time on their hands to make a scarf for a stuffed animal. But not only did you make a scarf for a stuffed animal, but you also filmed, edited up nice, and uploaded a video with instructions for this pointless task. It pains me to learn that people waste large amounts of time out of their life to do something that amounts to nothing. You're not taking time out of your life to do this stuff, rather: this stuff is your life. Your life is pointless.

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