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From: Bama
Date: 12-10-2004, 05:34 PM (1 of 9)
My daughter saw some polar fleece boas on display at Hancock's and decided she had to make some for her friends. I let her dig throught the fleece remnant bin. She found some bargains.
The saleslady told her how to make them. She said to cut 6 inch strips across the width of the fabric. I wondered if it might stretch too much, but I guess that's the only way you could use small remnants for them.
You layer three to four strips together and sew 2 lines of stitching down the center of strips. Then you make cuts down each side an inch apart to make the "feathers" being careful not to cut through stitching.

Anyone made them? Did you cut the strips on the length or the width of the fabric?

I think it's a great project for young girls. Makes an inexpensive gift too. It would be cute in school colors.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 12-10-2004, 08:23 PM (2 of 9)
You cut on the length of the fabric. They are easy.
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From: sewcool72
Date: 12-10-2004, 11:49 PM (3 of 9)
I made some last winter and they were really nice and well liked. I cut them lengthwise and cut them every 1/2" They are much prettier. Try them at 1 inch. You can always go back and cut in between.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-11-2004, 01:24 PM (4 of 9)
Cut across the width -- lengthwise strips would make this a very EXPENSIVE project...I cut fleece on the width all the time...
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From: Bama
Date: 12-11-2004, 03:57 PM (5 of 9)
Thanks ladies. We've made one so far. It's so cute. :smile:
We went ahead and cut it across the width.
We bought a whole bag of fleece remnants for about $12. The biggest piece is less than a yard. I thought if the boas didn't work with it, we'd make just plain scarves with fringe on the ends. So far it's not stretching out of shape. My daughter has been wearing it around the house and putting it on the dog. :re:
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 12-13-2004, 03:43 PM (6 of 9)
Hi, I cut across the width of the fleece. The skinnier the fringe the more fluffy it looks. Some of the ones I have seen (I work at a JoAnns) are just to cute. A few of the girls pulled the fringe so it would curl up, to give them a real fluffy look. I have seen them all different widths from very tiny to quite large. One thing about fleece is you can do so much with it and no goof up.

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From: sewbeeit42
Date: 12-13-2004, 08:27 PM (7 of 9)
While in Wal Mart I was in line with a young girl who was buying 1/4 pieces of fleece to make neck scarves for all her friends as gifts. She said that she cuts them even along the edge, and then cuts each end to make a 5" fringe. They are all done for gift giving. She got fleece at $4.44 a yard so was able to make gifts under $1.25. She had different designs and colors for different gifts. I later saw some made exactly the same that someone was trying to sell at a craft fair for $15.

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From: MaryW
Date: 12-14-2004, 09:51 AM (8 of 9)
Hi Sewbeeit42, welcome to Sew Whats New.
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From: Bama
Date: 12-18-2004, 10:17 PM (9 of 9)
dd & I just made a boa and pulled the fringe to make it curl. (thanks SummerEchos!)
It's sooooo cute, but our fingers are sore. I think the rest of them will be without curling them and dd can keep this one. :wink: The pulling took as long as the cutting, but it is cute.

Now some of MY friends want one. :whacky: I should have bought more fleece.
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