Pocket Scarf Tutorial

Fall is well underway here in Southern California, but you can’t really tell. While the rest of the country (world) starts preparing their Winter clothing, we are still wearing shorts and flip flops in almost-90 degree weather.

Which means it’s a good thing a slight breeze picked up while I was taking these pictures, or else Stryder might have fainted from heat stroke. As it is, he was comfortable and cozy.

The ladies behind Pattern Anthology recently launched their Winter Wonderland sewing pattern collection, and invited me to be a part of the tour. I was honored to be invited although part of me wondered, why would anyone want me to sew winter gear?? On Christmas Day our air conditioning will be on, for goodness sake. I run screaming from sewing garments with “too many” seams. I sew with bright pink and teal. I’m not really a “winter” sewing kind of gal.
But those Pattern Anthology ladies must have known what they were up to because, MAN, did I have fun with this collection. I’ll tell you a little bit about each piece and then, at the bottom of this post I’ll share the tutorial for Styrder’s pocket scarf! 
Before I go any further, though, I want you to know that the Winter Wonderland pattern collections are only available until November 18th! The two collections (one for boys, one for girls) each contain four patterns and cost $25.00 (or you can buy the full collection for $39.95). After the 18th they will go on sale individually and cost more per pattern than if you buy them in the bundle. Just a quick heads up for those of you who like a good deal!
Pattern: this is a remix of the Johnny B. Good Hoodie sewing pattern (available in the boys collection) by Shwin & Shwin.
Changes: I added a front placket for the button snaps since the sherpa lining didn’t leave much room for Stryder’s little belly. Other than that, I simply left off the sleeves, added welt pockets, and lined the vest with sherpa.
Fabric: The body of the vest was made with a fine baby-whale corduroy in an olive color. The back yolk and shoulder patches were sewn in camel-colored twill, and the lining is a synthetic sherpa. All of my supplies were purchased at Jo-Ann’s.
Snaps vs. buttons: Instead of traditional buttons I used brass snaps for the front. They look amazing but were a PAIN to set in. I’ll talk more about that later, but let’s just say I can’t really recommend the brand I used just yet. More to come on this at a future date.
Side note…
DO YOU SEE THOSE WELT POCKETS?? I’m so proud of them I can hardly stand it! I just want to put my hands in them all day long and sigh with contentment. These are my second pari of welts. The first pair are on a jacket I’ll be sharing with you next week, and they also have my heart. Why have I never added welt pockets to garments before? Why, I ask you?
Pattern: See Kate Sew’s Cozy Pilot Hat pattern (available in the boys collection). When you purchase the pattern you actually get two versions, the one you see here and a Trapper Hat version. I love both but since I grew up in an Air Force family, I have a fondness for all things aviator.
Changes: none
Fabric: The brown fabric is uncut corduroy with a fabulous texture.
Lining: I used the same sherpa from the vest to line the hat. All my supplies came from Jo-Ann’s.
Buttons: The buttons you see on the pocket and chin are brushed metal and came from my stash. I have no idea where they originated, but if anyone knows where I can purchase more buttons like this, please let me know. I’m in love with them!
This pocket scarf is a HUGE success with my boys. I designed it with toy cars in mind, so that Stryder can carry his rather large stash around with him even during the colder (ha) months. Imagine he’s walking around on a chilly day with a few cars in each hand. Now he doesn’t have to choose between warm hands and hands that are full of cars. He can have both!
This scarf is the perfect thing to make your boys for Christmas! It’s a very simple scarf with pockets on either end that close with metal snaps. You can easily switch to buttons or velcro instead, if snaps aren’t your thing.
This tutorial is for a child’s scarf. The finished measurements are approximately 40″ x 6″. All seam allowances are 1/2 inch. 
  • Cut one piece of outer fabric and one piece of lining fabric measuring 41″ by 7″.
  • Cut two pieces of both outer fabric and lining measuring 7″ by 6″ for the pockets.
In the picture below you can see how I cut my long pieces. Lay the fabric out so the folded edge is on one side and the selvage edges are on the other. Cut off any excess from the top edge so that it’s clean, and then cut a 7″ deep strip from end to end. Repeat with the lining. Remove the selvage edges from both outer and lining fabrics.
TIP: To make sure my plaids weren’t crooked, I used fabric shears to cut along the lines in the fabric.
Cut the pocket pieces from your left over fabric. Place them together with right sides facing and sew along the top edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Fold right side out and press.
Add a snap to each pocket 1″ down from the top edge, making sure it is centered. Add the second half of the snap to the long scarf piece, 5″ up from each end and centered.  If you choose to use a button instead, add the button hole to the pocket and the button to the long scarf piece. 
Now lay your outer fabric on the table and place one pocket at each end of the scarf. Snap the pieces together and align the raw edges. It’s starting to look like a scarf! Note: the outer fabric should be facing up. 

Place the lining fabric on top of the scarf, with right sides facing. The shirting flannel I used for this scarf doesn’t have a right or wrong side, so it didn’t matter which side faced down.

Pin well around the entire scarf. If you’re using shirting flannel like this, or another fabric that shifts a lot during sewing, you will be thankful for those pins! Sew around the entire scarf with a 1/2″ seam allowance, but leave a 3″ gap for turning the scarf right side out. 
Pull the scarf right side out through the opening and push the corners out with a dull pointed object. I like to use a dull pencil, as long as the fabric is a dark color.

Press the whole scarf well (especially the corners) and pin the opening closed. Use a slip stitch to sew the opening closed and… YOU’RE DONE!

Now go watch him (or her!) enjoy hiding things in the pockets! Hopefully, you won’t find half-eaten food in there a week later. *wink* *shudder*
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know what you think in the comments section below. I’d also love to hear what you’re sewing up for winter. Do you have cold weather? Or do you live in a warm winter climate like me?
Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to visit my tutorials page for more sewing inspiration, and my Facebook page to keep up with all the news and shenanigans my kids put me through. Happy sewing!


  1. says

    Haha! You are hilarious. Young Stryder clearly loves his new pocket scarf, and my personal favorite here are the WELT pockets – wow! Super cool looking all around, Caila!

  2. says

    Love it! The scarf, and your son, are absolutely adorable! Great vest and hoodie, too…and I understand your excitement about your welt pockets. Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing these. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi, just finished mine and while it’s adorable it’s not nearly as long as your’s. with the pockets cut off the original 41 inches (isn’t that where I was supposed to cut the pockets from according to the pics?) it only comes out to 34″…………..hmmmmm, also had two extra pieces of the long lengths of liner and top fabric left over……..thanks for any help

    • says

      Hi there, and thanks for the question! Actually, the pocket pieces should be cut from the left over fabric, NOT the 41″ piece. The pictures show that the seam allowance should be removed from the 41″ piece, but not the pockets. I’m sorry that was confusing! Also, you’re right–the instructions should call for only one outer piece and one lining piece measuring 41″ by 7″ each. Thank you for pointing that out! I made changes to make these steps less confusing. Thank you so much!

  4. says

    LOVE this scarf! Your pictures are gorgeous! PLUS, sewing for boys!!!! There are never enough stylish patterns out there for boys, thank you!