I know this post is a little bit goofy, at least that is what my husband called it. But I DON’T CARE!!! hahahhaha
The family that can laugh and be goofy together, makes memories together.
At least, that is what I like to think. Another thing we like to do together as a family, is sign up for races. We have already started the tradition of running the 10k costume race every Halloween (my husband and I run, while our 3 kids switch out of the double stroller that we push and run bits and pieces of the race.). To be fair, our youngest ran almost 5 miles all by himself this past race, even though I kept asking him if he wanted to get in the stroller!!! Kids and their energy, I swear I needed to train for like 3 months to be able to run that far. They just wake up one morning and run it without thinking. hahahahha. Our eldest has been running these races with us for a few years now, and she can run the entire race all by herself at 10 years old. So proud of our babies. The middle…no interest whatsoever. And that’s ok, she is along for the ride :).
ANYWAY…when I heard that our local race company was hosting a Surf n’Santa 5 miler this past weekend, I knew we simply had to run it. They were trying to set a Guinness Book World of Records for LARGEST SANTA RUN in the entire world. Obviously we had to be a part of that. Obviously. Am I right?!!
But when it suddenly dropped 20-30 degrees right before the race, I needed to do something. I don’t want anyone getting sick after all, and when running – you need to have the right body temperature. So what do you make when you are running a 5 mile Santa race, in a full on Santa suit, with your family? You make Santa neck scarves of course.
Santa Neck Scarf DIY
free neck scarf pattern instructions for kids and adults sizes
So maybe you have a Christmas enthusiast at your home, or you are looking for a last minute handmade Christmas gift idea. You can totally make this neck scarf in under 15 minutes (I SWEAR!!!), and it makes the perfect cold-weather gift. Make it in other colors, and leave off the Santa swag for a non-holiday look.
How to make a neck scarf:
- 3/4 yd fleece
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric scissors / rotary cutter
- Universal regular point needle 90/14
- Basic sewing essentials
- *Santa version – 3″ strip of black fleece
- *Santa version – 5″ square of yellow fleece
- Adult –
- Cut (1) 34″W x 26″L from fleece
- *Santa version – Cut (1) 3″W x 26″L black strip of fleece
- *Santa version – Cut (1) 5″ square, with a 2.5″ square cut out from the middle
- Child –
- Cut (1) 22″W x 16″L from fleece
- *Santa version – Cut (1) 2″W x 16″L black strip of fleece
- *Santa version – Cut (1) 4″ square, with a 2″ square cut out from the middle
- Cut fabric as instructed. For Santa version, place black fleece strip 5″ away from the side edge of the main fleece rectangle. Pin down and sew around.
- Place the yellow fleece square over the bottom half of your black strip and sew around.
- Fold scarf in half, so that the top and bottom meet. Pin and sew.
- Slip your arm inside of the tube, grabbing one end of the scarf. Start to pull it out, and STOP when the raw sides meet. Pin around, right sides together, matching up the seam. LEAVE A 3″ OPENING when pinning for turning. Sew around.
- Pull neck scarf right side out through opening. Pin opening closed and whipstitch to secure.
And you are done!
Super easy, and you can make it as Christmasy or non-Christmasy as you want. But one thing is for sure – your neck will be nice and warm this holiday season!
This post is a part of a quick little last minute Series called:
Because if I need to make it, I might as well photograph the process. lolololol
And guess what…
After I made these, the weather ended up going UP 30 degrees and we ended up not wearing them the day of the race. Lol…life in Virginia Beach I tell ya! You never can tell just what the weather is going to do, 30 degrees one day, 60 the next! Lol…but here we are at the race. We made it into the Guiness Book of World Records!!!
Here is what 5,025 Santas in a race looks like…
Super happy I happened to have Christmas colored Duck Tape® on hand, thanks to this blog post I did, to make this fun ‘North Pole’ out of our jogging stroller! Old wrapping paper tube, old ribbon cardboard holder, some battery operated lights, one hour, and BOATLOADS of red, white and green Duck Tape and we were in business!
We brought along our Christmas music to play from the stroller, some hot cocoa and chex mix, and we brought the party with us for the whole run! The kids had a blast.
What are some fun things you are doing this Christmas Season together as a family?
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…