This 4-in-1 combo of a scarf, hat, fingerless gloves and mitten pocket saves space (no need to find a place to put your hat and gloves) and time (no more searching endlessly for that lost glove). The hat keeps your ears warm so you don’t need earmuffs and has an optional opening for a ponytail. The scarf keeps your neck warm, plus the slot used to cross the scarf helps keep you from choking yourself. The best part is the fingerless gloves that are inside of a mitten-like pocket, allowing you to keep your hands warm while having easy access to your fingers (very useful for those with iPhones). You don't need to take your hand out of the glove - just slide your hand out of the mitten pockets and you're good to go! An added bonus is the mitten pocket can be used as a normal pocket as well! This is a fairly simple project and doesn’t require a lot of time or materials.
Step 1: Materials
1. Fleece (I bought 1 yard for $4 and still have a good bit left over)
3. Something to mark your cutting and sewing lines with (chalk would probably be best, but since I didn’t have any, I made do with a pencil. You could also use pieces of masking tape).
5. Sewing machine (you could technically use a needle and thread for this whole project if you really wanted to and were crazy enough to, but it would take way too much time).
Step 2: Cut Out the Basic Pieces
The whole project is basically made from 6 rectangular pieces of fleece.
The scarf: 2 long rectangular pieces
1. Fold a piece of fleece in half and cut out a long strip that is a little wider than the width of your hand.
2. Cut the strip into a length that is a few inches longer than your entire arm to the middle of your chest.
3. Cut out another strip the same length. You now have your two scarf pieces.
The hat: 2 medium rectangular pieces
1. Take the fleece and wrap it around your head to get the circumference (shown by the red line).
2. Then lay it down (the red line shows the circumference of your head that you just measured). Now fold up one edge along the circumference to make a triangle which tells you how wide your rectangle should be and cut it out (along the green lines).
3. Cut out another piece the same size. You now have your two rectangular hat pieces.
The fingerless gloves: 2 small rectangular pieces.
1. Fold a piece of fleece in half and cut out a strip that is slightly wider than the width of your four fingers.
2. Cut the strip into a length that goes from slightly above your wrist to slightly past your knuckles (shown by the green line).
3. Cut out another strip the same length. You now have two glove pieces.
Step 3: Sew Your Hat
1. Take one hat piece and sew it together to form a tube (along the yellow dotted line). Do the same to the second hat piece.
2. Put on one of the hats with the seam at the back of your head. Make sure the hat covers your ears.
3. Pinch the excess fleece on the top of your head and using your marking tool (I used a pencil), sketch out the curve of your head (shown by the red curved line).
4. Then make two marks indicating the width of your neck (shown by the 2 red lines).
5. Take the hat off and sew along the curve you just marked (sew along the yellow dotted lines) and cut off excess fleece.
6. Use the finished hat piece as a template to sew the curve on the second hat piece.
7. You now have two hats. Put one hat inside the other, right sides facing, and sew them together (along the yellow dotted line), leaving an opening between the two lines that you marked (the 2 red lines indicating the neck width).
8. Once done, flip the hat inside out using the opening that was not sewn together.
Step 4: Sew Your Scarf and Fingerless Gloves
1. Lay the two long rectangular pieces together.
2. Sew one end to connect them (along the yellow dotted lines). You now have a really long scarf.
For the fingerless gloves:
1. Lay your hand on the folded rectangle piece and mark where your thumb is (shown by the red lines).
2. Sew the seams (along the yellow dotted lines), leaving the area for your thumb open (do not sew the thumb opening shut!).
Step 5: Make Your Mitten Pockets
Now it's time to sew your fingerless gloves into the scarf and create your mitten pockets so you can pull your hand out without removing your glove. This step is easier to do than it sounds.
1. Fold your scarf in half lengthwise, right sides facing.
2. At the ends of the scarf, place your fingerless gloves in the middle with the thumb openings facing the fold of the scarf. Leave enough space at the end of the scarf for your fingers.
3. Mark the top of the glove by your wrists (red lines) and cut a slit in the scarf the same width as your glove (the red lines). Make sure to only cut the top layer, not both sides of the scarf.
4. Sew the gloves into the slit (along the yellow dotted lines) with right sides facing. It helps to turn the glove inside out and push it into the slit.
5. Find the top of the thumb opening of your fingerless glove (it should be just just below where the glove is sewn into the scarf) and mark just a little bit above it.
6. Fold the the scarf over at that marked area and cut a slit on the other side of the fold to make your pocket opening. Make sure to only cut through one side of the scarf.
7. Do the same to the other end of the scarf to get your other pocket opening.
Step 6: Sew It All Together!
You now have a hat and a scarf with the fingerless gloves already sewn in and the pocket opening already cut out. It's now time to sew the hat and scarf together!
1. Place the hat on your unfolded scarf, right sides facing. Line up the unsewn seam on the hat (the back of the hat) with the seam in the middle of the scarf.
2. Fold the scarf up lengthwise again. When you do this, make sure to completely shove the entire hat (the front of the hat) into the folded scarf. Keep the unsewn opening of the hat sandwiched between the edge of the scarf.
3. Sew around the entire scarf edge and right over the sandwiched part of the hat. This is what connects the scarf and hat together.
4. At the ends of the scarf, you can either sew a square edge (shown by the blue dotted lines), or as I prefer, a rounded edge (shown by the yellow dotted lines). The rounded edge makes your scarf ends look more like a mitten.
6. You will now have a scarf with a hat bunched up inside of it. Now use the mitten pocket openings to turn the entire scarf right side out and to pull out the hat.
Step 7: Finishing Touches
Make the Interconnecting Scarf Slot:
1. Put on the hat and pull the scarf in front of you.
2. Mark the area where you want your scarf to cross (shown by the red line).
3. Sew a rectangle around where you marked (sew along the yellow dotted line).
4. Cut out a slit inside the sewn rectangle. Make sure to cut through both sides of the scarf.
Optional Ponytail Slot:
1. If you want to have the ponytail slot, just put the hat on and mark where your ponytail is.
2. Then take the hat off and sew a rectangle along where you marked (sew along the yellow dotted line).
3. Cut a slit inside the rectangle that you sewed and you have yourself a ponytail slot opening!
Step 8: Finished 4-in-1 Hat, Scarf, Fingerless Gloves and Mitten Pocket!
You are now the proud owner of a very versatile piece of clothing! Enjoy keeping your head, ears, neck and hand warm, all while having easy access to your fingers. This makes it so much easier to use an iPhone. Just put your hand into the fingerless gloves sewn into the one side of the scarf, and when you need to use your fingers, slip your hand through the pocket opening on the other side of the scarf. No need to take your hand out of the gloves! You can also keep your iPhone in the mitten pocket as well (or your keys, or your ID, or anything else you want...it's a pocket after all!). Plus you’ll never have the hassle of trying to find a place to put your hat or gloves when you take them off. They’ll just hang around your neck!