I have two adorable nieces that I don't get to see very often. Because I have to ship their presents, we usually go with gift cards at Christmas. I didn't want to do that this year. My friend Dionne found a great pattern for reversible hooded scarves and I knew that's what I wanted to make them.
Since I usually quilt, making wearable objects isn't my strength. In order to make sure I could do them well, I did a test one first. For the test one I used sweatshirt fleece and a plaid cotton knit. For the girls, they live in a cold climate, so I used sweatshirt fleece and flannel. The flannel was available in more colors and prints than the plaid. I think I found materials that suit their likes. The knit was actually easier to work with than the flannel because it didn't stretch as much.
The pattern called for a ruffle along the edge of the hood, and I did that on my test one, but found that I didn't really like it. This is one of the reasons I make a test product before doing the real thing, especially when it's for someone else. For the girls' scarves I did an accent strip and topstitch and was much happier with the way it looked.