Well, if you're here in the Pacific Northwest with us, then you know that we all got hit pretty hard with an ice-and-snow storm this week. A lot of us were snowed in and unable to get to work or school or the store. But one good thing about being snowed in is that it gives you plenty of time for sewing projects!
The below-freezing weather got me thinking about ways to stay warm, and fleece of course is an excellent material to keep cozy during short winter days and long winter nights. So I scoured the web for some great, free fleece sewing tutorials, and I've collected some of my favorites here.
Kids always love to play in the snow, so here are some great ways to keep little ones warm:
This project by the From an Igloo website is very easy, and uses elastic to keep the mittens snug on little hands. You can make several pairs of these in a very short amount of time (because we all know how easily mittens can go missing).
Here are two fleece hat tutorials to keep little heads warm out there:
From the Make It and Love It website is this comes this wonderful football hat that is deceptively simple to make. It'll keep the little guy's ears all tucked in and warm.
This tutorial, also found at the From an Igloo website, is great because it is easily customizable to fit the personality of the wearer, boy or girl. Upsize it a little bit to make a fleece hat for grownups!
Also great for grownups is this extremely easy bunched scarf tutorial from the Just Another Hang Up website. It's so quick to make and uses so little material that it costs next to nothing!
Guys need to stay warm, too, so this Fleece Hoodie tutorial from Craftstylish is perfect. And you don't even need a pattern—just a T-shirt that fits him and maybe another hoodie to get the shape of the hood right.
Even if you're not going to be spending much time outside in the cold, there are still some great things you can make:
This project, also from Make It and Love It, is like a sleeping bag with arm-holes for a baby! It keeps him nice and warm but still lets him get around.
For a more grown-up blanket, this tutorial from The Distracted Domestic can teach you how to make a fleece blanket of any size with nice, clean, sharp corners every time! You'll be surprised at how easy it is.
And finally, just for fun comes this adorable Fleece Monster Pillow tutorial from Bernina's We All Sew website.
Even though it looks like the weather is clearing and all all the ice and snow is leaving us, these all still make excellent weekend projects.
Do you have any favorite fleece projects? Leave a comment and tell us all about it. If you try any of these projects, please email a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on our Facebook wall.