Sew a fleece cowl with leather and snap accents
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing another unisex gift to sew. This fleece cowl project is a great gift to sew for men, women or kids. The leather accents take this up a step from basic, and also stabilize the edges for the snaps. The snaps also let you adjust the cowl to sit higher or lower against the neck.
This fleece cowl is pretty easy to sew, and with less extra fabric than a scarf it helps keep your neck warm without a lot of bulk. I used a furry fleece for the inside fabric to increase the warmth.
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Time needed: 1 hour.
How to sew a fleece cowl
1/4 yard each of outer and inner fabrics for the cowl. Make sure they cut carefully as 1/4 yard is 9 inches and you’ll need the full width of that. Cut outer and inner fabrics to 9″ x 24″ (To resize, add 2-4″ to the head circumference of the intended recipient. For kids, a 7 inch width is a good place to start).
Leather, pleather, or vinyl scraps for the ends – basically a stiff fabric that won’t fray on the edges. Cut two to 9 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide. Fold them in half and punch or cut 4 holes spaced evenly and at least 1 inch away from the short edges.
4 Heavy Duty Snaps (affiliate link) After trying many snaps, I prefer the specific ones I linked. Get the set with the snap tool kit if you don’t have the snap setting tools.
- Sew the Cowl
Watch the video below or on YouTube here to see how to assemble the cowl. This post has tips on working with leather if you haven’t sewn leather before.
- Insert the snaps
This post has instructions and video on how to install snaps