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Cozy Sewn Cowl

It will probably not surprise you to hear that I have a huge stash of fabric at home. There is a box of linen under my bed, an amazing stack of vintage chintz in my closet and a whole archive of Seasonal Liberties in my sewing cabinet. All of it was purchased with the best of intentions, but intention does not always equal inspiration. And so my stash waits.

Michael Miller’s Organic Sherpa reminds me a bit of all my sidelined fabrics. Soft, squishy and huggable, Sherpa is love at first sight; but while it is completely irresistible, it is also unique, and without the right vision, all its plush perfection can end up folded on a shelf.

Purl Soho has carried Michael Miller’s Organic Sherpa since 2007. In the seven years since, we've only featured it once on the Bee, until this season, when you may have noticed that we’ve become a bit infatuated with it. From blankets to bonnets, Organic Sherpa is no longer floundering in our stash!

And so, caught up in the fever, I’ve whipped up another Sherpa creation. This time I’ve paired it with Kiyohara’s beautiful and subtle Linen Blend Solids to make a Cozy Sewn Cowl. Soft and comfortable, this cowl is so easy to wear and even easier to make. So easy, in fact, I’ve made two: one in an adult size and one for kids. Our Materials for Cozy Sewn Cowl has enough materials to make both, in a selection of 12 pretty colorways.

Now, if I could only think of what to do with all that chintz! - Corinne

Materials

Our Materials for Cozy Sewn Cowl kit includes . . .

These are enough materials to make one adult and one child sized scarf or two child sized scarves.

Choose from 12 colorways

Top Row: Blue, Navy, Black, and Denim

Second Row: Lavender, Violet Grey, Magenta, and Rose

Bottom Row: Brown, Dark Beige, Light Beige, and Yellow

You will also need . . .

A walking foot for your sewing machine

Sizes

Adult

53 inches in circumference by 10 ½ inches wide

Child

47 inches in circumference by 7 inches wide

Notes

Prewash all fabrics before starting.  This is particularly important with the Organic Sherpa, which shrinks quite a bit with its first wash and dry.

Use ¼-inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

The right side of the Organic Sherpa is the fuzzy side.

Pattern

Cut

Cut two rectangles (27 by 11 inches for the Adult size and 24 by 7 ½ inches for the Child size) from both the Lining and the Outer Fabric. Make sure that the long side of each rectangle runs parallel to the selvedge.

(The measurements are given as a guide. You can easily adjust the size of your cowl, just be sure to cut all 4 rectangles to the same dimensions.)

Sew the Tube

With rights sides facing, stack the two Outer Fabric rectangles on top of each other and pin along one short edge.

Sew along this pinned edge.

Now, change the foot of your sewing machine to the walking foot and repeat with the Lining.

Press the seams open.

With right sides facing, stack the Outer Fabric rectangle on top of the Lining rectangle. Pin along the two long sides. Sew along these pinned edges.

You may find that the Lining is slightly wider than the Outer Fabric at the center seam. This is because the knit of the Sherpa stretches when sewn against the grain.  When pinning and sewing, keep the edge of the Outer Fabric straight and allow the Lining to bulge out a bit at this point. Trim any overhang in the seam allowance after sewing.

Turn the tube right side out through one open side and press flat.

Connect the Ends

Fold the tube in half, right sides together. Line up and pin together the raw edges of the Outer Fabric, making sure to line up the side seams.

Sew along the pinned edge, being careful to only sew through the two Outer Fabric layers. This seam can get a little awkward. I advise taking it slow, sewing an inch or two at a time, and then, with the needle in the down position, rearranging the fabric for the next inch or two.

Now, starting from the side seams and sewing toward the center, sew the Lining together with right sides facing, leaving a 3 inch gap between the seams.

Finish

Use a ladder stitch to close the gap at the center of the seam. Here’s how: Thread a length of cotton thread onto a needle. (For the example photos we used red thread, but you will use the matching sewing thread.)

Fold the raw edges of the Lining ¼ inch toward the wrong side, so that they align with the adjacent seams. Pull the needle from the wrong side to the right side of the hem’s fold so that the thread’s knot is inside the cowl.

Insert the needle into the opposite fold, directly across from the exit point, picking up about ¼ inch of fabric.

Go back and forth like this, entering across from the last exit point and sewing through the fold, until you reach the end of the opening. Tie a knot at the end.

Pull the thread through the cowl and snip it at the exit point to hide the end.

Your cowl is ready to wear!

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13 Responses to Cozy Sewn Cowl


  1. Kristyn says:

    I love this idea! And I know I could easily make it into a scarf, but how much fabric would I need for adults and pre-teens? I was thinking about normal scarf length… if that makes sense.

    Thank you again for the idea!

  2. They look great and lovely and snuggly!! xx

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Kristyn –

    Making this into a scarf is a great idea!

    One yard of each the Outer Fabric and the Lining should yield two scarves: One adult (10 1/2 inches wide) and one pre-teen (from 7 to 8 1/2 inches wide) up to 66 inches long.

    I hope this helps!
    -Corinne

  4. tjen penge says:

    What a wonderful blog you have here. I really enjoyed this article :)

  5. Tereza says:

    So adorable! Looks so warm and cozy :)

    http://lifeandcity.tumblr.com

  6. Anne says:

    This is beautiful! I made one with red silk and I love it. What a simple, elegant project!

  7. what a lovely piece.
    i can even picture myself wearing one of these.

    xoxo
    agnes
    at
    iiiinspired.blogspot.com

  8. Emily says:

    The finished length for the adult cowl would be 53', not 55", if the length for each half is 27" and assuming a 1/4" seam?

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Emily –

    You are absolutely right – good spot! I've adjusted the pattern.

    Thanks!
    -Corinne

  10. Stephanie says:

    Are there any pics of the cowl on an adult? Just want to get an idea of how it fits.

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Stephanie-

    We don't have any photos of it an an adult human but the top photo is on an adult sized dress form so hopefully that will give you an idea of the fit.

    Thanks for your question

    Molly

  12. Fidike says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    I made one cozy cowl for my son, he likes it very much.

    Greetings from Sweden:

    Rita

  13. Becky H says:

    I added 6" to the length of my cowl as I wanted a fit closer to that pictured on the child model. It is still a bit snugger than I had hoped for – I could have added another 4-6 " easily. Still, it turned out super cute and was a great beginner project. I did mine in the yellow color way, which is a pretty neutral and will be easy to wear. If only my White Caps cowl was working up as quickly…

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