|The 4th Doctor, from Wikipedia|
|J, you're not THAT kind of doctor!|
What you'll need:
1/4- 1/3 yard each of fleece in 5 colors
thread to match one of the colors
We looked at some pictures and settled on dark brown, tan, mustard, royal blue and red. You could definitely go simpler. Once a Doctor Who fan sees a scarf that goes below the knee, it's easy to figure out what's going on. Do what feels right!
Cut the fleece length-wise as wide as you want the width of the scarf. I went with 6 inches across. Don't worry about seam allowances. That's the great thing about fleece-- no raveling!
After you've got your long strips cut from all colors, cut into rectangles of all different lengths. From the pictures, we noticed that the tan and brown were used in longer lengths, with the reds and yellows in thinner sections. There's no right length for your scarf, so just make a pile of all your different rectangles and stop when you get tired of cutting.
Thread your machine. I chose brown thread, because I have a lot of it. A contrasting thread won't matter much here. It is a crazy scarf, after all.
Set your machine to the widest zig-zag stitch you have, and set at about 8 stitches per inch. As you can see, I have a rather vintage machine. It's pretty awesome, and is so heavy it stays put very well.
Take the different colored pieces one by one and make a pile with no two colors side-by-side. Start with two pieces of fleece and line them up end-to-end. Some pieces may be uneven if you cut things willy-nilly (guilty), but they can be trimmed at the end.
If the unevenness is just a little, you can pull lightly on the short side and it'll come out fine at the end.
Backtack and run the zig-zag from top to bottom and backtack again. Cut your thread, and voila! (Though something weird happened there at the bottom. Hrm.)
Now do this about 20 more times. The scarf in all took me about 30 minutes.
There you have it! One 177 inch (14') Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf. J was thrilled with it, and though it was made as a quick costume piece, it really doesn't look bad. To add some (more) silliness, J was inspired by a picture from Threadless a friend sent us:
|This is the image that inspired the costume, via Threadless.|