Hospital Shruggie from fleece
My niece is a cancer patient, recovering from chemo treatments. Her arms get very cold when she is able to use her computer. She and her Mom designed this shruggie, so she could stay warm and still use her computer. I will post another message in tutorials, showing how it is made. The short side goes in the back, the long side serves as a cover for her.
Hospital Shruggie from fleece - how to make
This is so simple and quick and my niece just loves it. I thought others might like this idea as well.
The pictures are of our second one, We had turned the fabric the "wrong" way so had to add sleeves, but they turned out ok, too. If you are using the 2 yard piece of fleece, you will not have that problem--this was a shorter piece of fleece and we forgot to do the selvage to selvage folding.
Start with a 2 yard piece of fleece (if your piece is a little shorter, that's ok too). The piece in the picture was only 48" long, but was what we had on hands.
To make the sleeves:
Fold over about 1/3 of the length of the fabric (fold line goes from selvage to selvage) Have pretty side of fabric out.
Stitch sleeves (with pretty side on outside) --ours are about 8" deep and the stitch line goes in about 18". We curved it downward as we got towards the center thinking it would be less strain on the fabric that way.
Note: On the first shruggie we made the sleeve narrower at the outer edge, but Christina wanted to be able to cross her arms and slide her hands into the sleeves, so on this one the sleeves allow her to do that.
Neckhole: We simple found the center of the fold at the top of the sleeves by folding the sleeves together. I made a cut along the fold, maybe 4" each way from center, then cut slits across the fold. I simply tried it over my head until the cuts allowed the garment to slide on easily. Start smaller and then increase as needed. It is best to keep the neck hole as small as possible, because it is warmer that way. We did not do any trimming at the neckline, just made the slits.
That is all there is to making this. I think it would be equally nice for anyone who likes to compute in their pj's!! Notice that the short side of the shruggie is in the back so there is no fabric bunched up at her back and it stays on without having to tug at it.
Sorry--I seem to be able to only upload one picture at a time right now.
Hospital Shruggie from fleece - how to make -- more pictures
Here are some more pictures that show the steps. I didn't mention in the first post, but we did not cut away any of the underarm fabric.
Again I could get only one to upload, but this shows the neckline cut referred to in the original tutorial.
This picture shows the neckline slits.