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Sew a cosy winter warmer cowl.
This is a fun cowl scarf to keep you warm and stylish during the winter. The cinched part makes the cowl look like a fun, oversized bow. Because this is a tube there’s a slightly tricky part when sewing up the short ends. Be sure to read through the instructions carefully before and while sewing. Take your time and you’ll be sure to get it!

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  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 1
    Step 1

    You need:
    37″ x 15 1/2″ main fabric for scarf
    37″ x 15 1/2″ contrast fabric for scarf
    10″ x 7 1/2″ main or contrast fabric for the band

    Cut out the fabric for the scarf body and the band.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 2
    Step 2

    Right sides facing, pin the long sides together, leaving the ends open.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using a 5/8″ seam allowance, sew both long sides of the scarf. Press the seam. Now you have a long tube.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 4
    Step 4

    Finish your seams using your method of choice. Here we used an overlock stitch on the sewing machine. You can try a zigzag stitch, serging the edges or simply cutting the edges with pinking shears.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 5
    Step 5

    Turn to the right side. Press the seams again.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the scarf in half so that the ends are on top of each other. Pin the seams together through two layers, leaving the out the contrast fabric.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pin along the contrast fabric.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 8
    Step 8

    You are pinning along the inside of the tube. In order to sew this, you'll need to leave about a gap. Place a pin 3" from the seam line in the contrast fabric (shown in white). Do this at the bottom seam line as well. You'll have a small gap in your contrast fabric.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 9
    Step 9

    Because of the unpinned gap, you're able to pull out the pinned section. It looks like a seashell.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 10
    Step 10

    Start sewing at the first pin on the main fabric. Back tack. Continue sewing onto the contrast fabric and back onto the main fabric. If you are able to push the fabric through a little further, do so. Be careful not to stitch through more than two layers of fabric. Back tack when you finish the seam.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now you still have a seashell, except it’s been sewn. See how the body of the scarf is coming out of that small opening? That’s exactly what you want.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 12
    Step 12

    Snip the threads. Begin to push the seam you just sewed into the scarf, pulling the main fabric around it.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 13
    Step 13

    There will be a hole a few inches long on the side of the main fabric.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 14
    Step 14

    Match seam allowances on the inside and pin in place. Hand sew across using a slip stitch.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 15
    Step 15

    The seam is closed all the way around the cowl now. If there’s any puckering, don’t worry because it will be concealed by the band.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 16
    Step 16

    Time to make the small band! Pin the sides of the band together, right sides facing each other.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew up the sides. Pull the fabric through to the right side. Press the seam into the middle of the band.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 18
    Step 18

    At one end of the band, push the fabric in about 5/8″, forming a crisp edge. Iron it flat.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 19
    Step 19

    Place the band beneath the scarf, centering it over the seam. Pinch the scarf as you pull the band around it.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 20
    Step 20

    Push the unfinished edge of the band into the finished end about 5/8″, so one is encasing the other. Pin in place.

  • How to make a cowl. Winter Warmer Cowl - Step 21
    Step 21

    Here you can either slip stitch both sides or stitch through all layers. Here we used the slip stitch on both sides. Slip stitching all around produces a clean finish. Tack the band to the scarf.

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Emma J.
Emma J.
Wow nice. Very detailed!
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Sophie G.
Sophie G. · 1 project
Very Information Post.
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koalala o.
koalala o. · Missoula, Montana, US · 1 project
Such an elegant kind of cute.
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Pixie
Pixie · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 1 project
I might revamp it a little and post my vision up Happy
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Saskia F.
Saskia F. · Antwerp, Flanders, BE · 12 projects
Ready Happy but I can't get it on the site, strange...
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Saskia F.
Saskia F. · Antwerp, Flanders, BE · 12 projects
almost finished !! Happy
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Abby W.
Abby W. · St Louis, Missouri, US · 16 projects
The design is very edgy and high-fashion. I love it!
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Myka M.
Myka M.
So cute! I need to make it!
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Melinda K.
Melinda K. · San Diego, California, US · 5 projects
Very pretty! Happy
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Melinda K.
Melinda K. · San Diego, California, US · 5 projects
Very pretty! Happy
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