Curly Fringe, No-Sew Fleece Scarf Tutorial ~ Great for OCC Shoebox Packing

have been finding some great, simple scarf tutorials online for my Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing and I wanted to share some of them that I have been  making. Currently my goal is to make warm clothing to send to a Reservation in SD as well as for my OCC shoeboxes.  This first scarf is super simple, but my fringe didn't curl as well as the original poster's.  My test on scraps of another piece of fleece worked fine, I think it depends on the stretch, so yours
may vary.  This is such a quick, no sew project.


1/4 yd. Fleece Fabric

  • For adult & teens cut Fleece 9" by length of fleece (mine was 54")
    • For toddler's size cut 7" x 35", child's cut 8" x 45", or desired size
  • Cut fringe 6" long by 1/2" wide on each end (perhaps smaller fringe would be better for a shorter scarf).
  • Pull fringe taut one by one and let go sharply.  The original poster's illustration shows pulling upward a bit, I think I pulled mine out more straight, perhaps that would make a difference.

Tip:  Purchase fleece blankets on clearance and cut into scarf lengths--children's scarves can be shorter, so smaller blankets would work fine. I have read a good average is the height of the child = length of scarf.

Threading My Way offers an ongoing link party for scarves and hats that offers lots of ideas and tutorials.

The image to the left is from my original post for a Simple, No-sew Fleece Scarf tutorial.  I've made dozens of these for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Here is another no-sew scarf fun to do with children:  No-Sew, Woven Heart Fleece Scarf Tutorial

Design and instructions copyright Simply Shoe Boxes.  Please enjoy using this design for your personal use and for gift giving.


  1. Awesome idea.. I have made scarves from fleece blankets before but I have never seen the curly fringe.. so CUTE! I will be sharing this on my blog THANKS and God bless!

  2. I loved the curly fringe when I saw it--and like I said, on my test fabric it worked like a charm!

  3. Yay! Something to do with my weird size fleece. But what if my boxes go somewhere hot?

  4. I often wonder that, too, Anon, along with some of the other things I pack. But I, like many packers, include things for hot & cold climates since we don't know where they will go (we have received letters from frigid countries as well as hot ones) and hope that the children find something to do with them. There are so many stories of kids in hot climates finding uses for their cold climate gifts--like the little boy who baked & sold items and was thrilled with his winter gloves because he could use them as oven mitts. And in many hot places it gets very cool at night, so perhaps it could help them stay warm while they sleep. So I just trust the child will find a way to use it.

    Here is a simple drawstring bag made of fleece that is great to use up fleece, too. It is for marbles, but you could adjust it for pencils, crayons, other small toys. I think a large one would have to be lined because of the stretch, but would work, too.


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