Therma Scarf– minus the “therma” plus the quality.

December 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm (Sewing)

Snow Snow Snow! This past weekend, we saw nearly 2 feet of snow. That, combined with 3 (yes 3!) snow days from school meant that I could get some much needed crafting done! I totally cleaned out the sewing room during the snow storm, and to celebrate, today on snow day #3, I sewed a scarf I have been meaning to make (hey–at least I got it done before spring!)

Bed Bath and Beyond sells this “Therma Scarf”. It is a scarf with removable microwaveable pouches to keep your hands and neck warm. It also features a pocket at each end for your hands, and zippered pocket on one end for your wallet, keys or camera—-genius!

It’s retail price? $20.00. Not too bad. I bought one.
It was the biggest piece of crap ever. The fabric was not soft, the removable pouches had a really bad odor, there were long thread tails everywhere, and the corners weren’t turned properly (heck, they weren’t even trimmed so they could be turned properly).

Here’s “their” scarf—ugh!

I can make my own.

So I did. I used the purchased scarf as a guide, and about two hours later, 5/8 yard of fleece and one black zipper, had this little beauty!
Close up of the pocket and zipper—stark contrast to the purchased one!




And because it’s Chrismtas, a picture of the scarf on my tree!

To save others from having to purchase this horribly made scarf, I have prepared a tutorial. It’s very simple. I tried to take pictures to the best of my ability, but black fleece is very difficult to photograph!
I also didn’t incude the “therma” part. It seemed like a waste to me. When am I ever going to need that? First of all, you put it in the microwave—the heat will only last for 20 minutes tops. It just seems like a waste to me. Anywhere I’m going to need this, I’m going to need to drive to first—and it’s doubtful the heat will last until I get there! So away it went. It also added unnecissary weight to the scarf–I didn’t need that around my neck either.

First—you will need approximately 5/8 yard of fleece, and one black zipper.
Cut your fleece into two strips 7 inches by however wide your fleece is (about 60 inches), so you will have 2 rectangles 7 inches by 60 inches.
Cut two more rectangles 7 inches by 8 inches—two out of fleece, and two out of some kind of lining material. I used a brushed cotton, but any thin fabric will work.

Assembling the scarf:
1. Take your two 7×8 inch rectangles, and place right sides together. Using a 1/4 seam, sew a straight seam along one of the 7 inch sides.


Open up, and topstitch on the lining fabric to secure inside seams.

Turn the lining to the backside, and topstitch near the sewn top seam.
I did this topstitch twice, but that’s just for decorative purposes.

Do this for both pockets.

2. Take one of the 7×60 rectangles and lay out flat. At each end, line up one of the pockets, right side up, with the topstitched edge facing towards the center of the rectangle. Pin into place. Baste around the bottom three edges of the pocket, leaving the topstitched edge free.


3. Assemble the zipper pocket.
Take the remaining 7×60 inch rectangle, and cut off a 7.5 inch section off of one end.


Open up the 7inch zipper and sew it onto the wrong side of each flap of fabric, lining up the edge of the fabric with the top edge of the zipper tape. Some of the bottom part of the zipper will extend past the fabric, that is ok. You will cut it off later.


Flip the fabric over, and top stitch close to the zipper teeth to hold the fabric flat.


4. Assemble the scarf.
Place the two long rectangles of fleece right sides together, and pin all the way around. Open up the zipper, as this will give you a place to turn the fabric when it is sewn shut.
Pin the fabric every few inches, as the fleece tends to shift in the sewing machine.
Sew around all 4 edges. I sewed along the two long edges first, then did the two short ends last. Double stitch to reinforce over both ends of the zipper when you get to them. I also reinforced and double stitched at all four corners to help strengthen it when I clip the corners.


Be careful when sewing through so many layers, or this might happen!
That is the first time I broke a needle in THREE places!

5. Prepare for turning.
Clip all corners. Trim the excess zipper off. Grade all seams (cut one shorter then the other). Make sure you caught all layers of fleece in all seams.

6. Put your hand inside the zipper opening, and reach inside to the long end. Grab and pull to turn inside out.


7. Now that it is all right side out, lay it flat, and mark some “quilting lines”. I quilted a line right above the pocket, (this also helps close off the zippered pocket), and then 2 lines lengthways down the center. These were two inches apart. This helps the two layers not shift around (which was one of the really annoying things of the store bought scarf—it kept crumpling and wouldn’t lay flat.

Quilting line above the pocket:

Quilting lines down the center:

8. Wear. Show off. Enjoy!


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