Use this neck warmer pattern and sew a super cozy diy neck warmer- easy and quick!
This beginner sewing tutorial will teach you how to make a warm and cozy reversible fleece neck gaiter. It's an easy, super quick sewing project, and a great solution for those who don't like wearing (uncomfortable and bulky) traditional scarves.
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Neck Warmer Pattern
If you have never yet made a neck warmer yet, it's high time to use this easy neck warmer pattern.
Neck warmers also go by the popular names cowl scarves, and neck gaiters - no matter how you call them, these nake great projects for beginners.
Today, I'm showing you how to make a double-layered reversible neck warmer in two colors. It will keep you and your kids super cozy and warm all winter long.
Warmer weather and you don't need a fleece scarf? I've got you covered! Make this easy infinity scarf from jersey instead!
Keep the winter chills away with this warm and cozy cowl scarf pattern.
- 2 pieces of fleece, the largest size requirement is 25" x 9" per piece (64cm x 23cm)
- matching thread
- the free template
This fleece neck gaiter pattern is one of the easiest sewing projects I've so far posted about. Have some fleece leftovers from a previous sewing project? Good! Grab two pieces and let's go!
Bonus tip: you can use flannel for one layer out of the two. This will give you a thinner cowl scarf, and still a soft one. If using flannel, make sure to prewash it. See here why prewash flannel - always.
This fleece neck warmer is all about simple rectangles. To make it easier on you and to prevent the guessing game, I've tested a few sizes and chosen what worked best for me and my children.
Does your child refuse to wear a scarf because it adds too much bulk around the neck? A fleece neck gaiter is a great solution for those who don't like wearing (uncomfortable) traditional scarves. Tried and tested!
What is the finished Size of the Diy Neck Warmer?
Choose one of these three sizes:
TODDLER (1T - 3T): 21" x 7" (53cm x 18cm) = FINISHED size DIAMETER 10" (25cm)
CHILD (4 yrs-10 yrs) 23" x 8" (59cm x 20cm) = FINISHED size DIAMETER 11" (28cm)
TEEN + ADULT: 25" x 9" (64cm x 23cm) = FINISHED size DIAMETER 12" (31cm)
Reversible Fleece Neck Warmer Tutorial
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Step 1 - Get the free template
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Step 2 - Cut 2 pieces
Once you've decided on the required size, grab your scissors and the ruler. Cut 2 pieces of the selected size. You don't need to add any seam allowance, it's already included.
Stretch direction is important here! Take care to cut the pieces so the material stretches most in the direction marked on the above image.
Step 3 - Sew The Long edges of the Neck Warmer Together
Place the pieces right sides together and align them.
Then stitch along the long sides using a ⅜ seam allowance and a stretchy stitch (a simple zigzag will be just perfect!)
This is how your fleece neck warmer looks like - a long tube. Trim the seam allowances if required.
Step 4 - Fold and Sew the Short Edge
Pull one end of the tube into another one, keeping the right sides together, like this:
Sew around the short end, leaving an opening for turning.
Step 5 - Turn Right Side Out
Turn right side out through the opening.
Step 6 - Close the opening on your New diy neck warmer
The only thing that remains to make this fleece neck warmer is closing the opening. I usually hand-stitch it shut, because it's easier than trying to catch the fleece layers on a machine.
And if you use this ladder stitch tutorial when hand-stitching, stitches don't show at all.
Finished - your own fleece neck warmer. Yey!
Alternatives to a fleece neck warmer
You can mix and match materials - try to find your own favorite! Later on, I also made one additional neck warmer using one piece of fleece and one piece of soft jersey. Actually, I still prefer the double fleece version. Soo soft! But when it's not so cold outside, I love to have a jersey side as an option, because it does not make me sweat.
What is the best size for a neck warmer?
As you see in the photo, the smallest one is the toddler size, the blue-and-yellow one is mid-size (4yrs to 10 yrs), and the largest one is for me. I quickly modeled it against my partner's chin and can confirm that this size will work for any adult.
It will keep you and your kids warm all winter long! Since winter is (hopefully) coming to an end soon, I was thinking whether I should just fast forward to Christmas sewing. It's so easy I just might.
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