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DIY Project: Sherpa Lined Plaid Cowl

by Erin Souder

It’s clear that the cold is here to stay for a while, so although I don’t usually don a scarf, it’s gotten so frigid here that I’ve broken down and created something cozy. I really detest sewing, but break out my machine only if there is something that I really want and can’t find for purchase. Those of you who are rookie sewers will totally be able to complete this project and those of you who are pros will certainly be able to whip this up in no time flat.

I’ve been wearing this super soft cowl since it was complete- even indoors. It would be adorable with a more realistic brown fur and a silk or velvet lining as well. I went the casual route, but there are so many ways to customize this project to suit your style. –Erin

[Editor’s Note: I am so excited about this project because Hope has a similar coat and I have secretly wanted to match her for months now. Score! -Grace]

Click through for the full how-to after the jump…

Sherpa scarf materials
-15″ x 30″ Faux Sherpa Material (It’s a synthetic faux sheepskin)
-12″ x 30″ Plaid Flannel Material
-Straight Pins
-Cream Thread

Step One: Cut your fabric to size. I wanted the sherpa to poke out a bit from the top and bottom of the cowl, so I made it a little wider than the flannel.

cut to size
step 1 - cut to size

Step Two: Fold your flannel in half width-wise, paying special attention that the pattern lines up. Sew down the short edge of the flannel – opposite the fold, creating a loop. Repeat this step with the sherpa. Be sure that the fuzzy (face) side of the sherpa is on the inside.

step 2 - line up the pattern
step 2 - sew the open end
step 2 repeat with the sherpa

Step Three: Flip your sherpa loop inside out so that the fuzzy side is out. Keeping the flannel with the sewn seam out, slide it overtop of the sherpa layer. Align one side of the flannel with one side of the sherpa. There will be about 3 inches of sherpa peeking out the opposite side.

step 3 - layer the flannel over the sherpa

Step Four: Sew around the edge of the sherpa and flannel side that is aligned. Make sure not to sew all four layers together! Separate the loop and sew around the circle like you would a hem.

step 4 - sew the edges together

Step Five: Flip inside out!

step 5 - flip inside out

Step Six: Align the opposite open side of the scarf. Carefully fold in about 1/2 of the exposed edges and pin together, sandwiching the cut edges inside.

step - sandwich exposed edge and pin

Step Seven: Sew around the sandwiched edge.

step 7 - sew sandwiched edge

There are ways to make this project without the exposed seam around the bottom of the cowl, but it’s a little more advanced and I want to keep this easy for any beginner sewers! Also, I like that you can tuck the sewn bottom seam into the inside of the cowl and then there are no visible stitches in the side seam.

The finished product is not only cozy, but you can pull the sides up to shield your face on a brisk walk! That’s what I call fashionable and functional!



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  • This is adorable and perfect for the cold weather that I’m experiencing. I think it’ll be great with other fabrics as well, not just flannel.

  • Now i know what to do with that flannel shirt my son has outgrown! Since it doesn’t cover his booty, now it can cover his face (;

  • Great tutorial!! You explained everything perfectly. I’ve already made three of them s gifts. I used chenille instead of sherpa and they turned out great. Thanks!!!!!