Monday, January 9, 2012

Double layered neck warmer tutorial

The last two times I tried to make a neck warmer I sewed the wrong seam first, and ended up with the tube running sideways! So, I made notes and took lots of pics …I’m not making that mistake again.

2012-01-08 020
This neck warmer is made from a double layer of lightweight fleece, so all the seams are nicely hidden.

Finished dimensions for the neck warmer, which should basically go over your head without too much ease (W x H):

Small Children, aged 4+ 10 in x 8 in 25 cm x 20 cm
Large Adults 11 in x 9 in 27 cm x 22 cm

Cut out a rectangle of fleece, with the maximum stretch running widthways, as follows: double the finished dimension, for both width and height, plus 1/2 in (1.2 cm). All seam allowances will be 1/4 in (6 mm).

Small 20 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in 51.2 cm x 41.2 cm
Large 22 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in 55.2 cm x 45.2 cm

2012-01-08 002With the rectangle laid out widthways, fold the top edge of the rectangle down to bring the long sides together; in the pic to the right the fold is at the top (this will be the top of the neck warmer):



2012-01-08 006
Using a 1/4 in (6 mm) seam allowance, stitch along the bottom using an almost medium width zigzag with a medium stitch length. The seam just needs to be stretchy enough so it won’t break when it’s stretched. Notice how the bottom layer is peaking out just a bit, this is just so I know where it is! It helped as I’m not using any pins to hold the layers together.

Put your arm through the tube, and grabbing the other end, pull it inside until it meets the other end, matching the ends of the long seam. Sometimes it helps to put a pin in at the top to stop the layers shifting around.

2012-01-08 007           2012-01-08 008

2012-01-08 009Starting just before the long seam, stitch the two round ends together leaving a 3 in (7.5 cm) gap so you can turn it right side out. I sewed the seam with the bottom layer peaking out a tiny bit again.



The pins in the pic below are only to show the opening, you can just eyeball it like I usually do, but you’ll need at least that much to be able to get your hand through and pull out the rest of the fabric.
2012-01-08 011             2012-01-08 012

Now the fiddly part, put your hand through the opening to turn it right side out with the opening on the outside (shown in the pic on the right).

2012-01-08 013           2012-01-08 014
2012-01-08 019

We’re almost finished. Next we close the opening on the inside side seam, this will be hidden. I forgot to take a picture of this, but it’s just an edge stitch along the opening using the same stitch settings as before, and making sure the seam edges are folded in. You can see here how it still lies quite flat (ignore the bottom edge for now!)

Turn the neck warmer right side out so the stitched opening is on the inside.

2012-01-08 015Last thing, topstitch the bottom, and you do it in one of two ways; I think I like the second a little better. Roll the bottom seam around a bit so it’s on top (on the inside of the neck warmer), and still using the same settings, stitch 1/2 in (1.2 cm) from the edge.


2012-01-08 021The second way is to roll the seam on top by 1/2 in (1.2 cm) and topstitch over the seam. If you fiddle with the seam allowance layers on the inside you should easily be able to open them flat and reduce a bit of bulk.


2012-01-08 023This way gives a nice round edge on the bottom, as you can see in the comparison pic at right. The one on the left is the first way, and the one on the right is the second way.



2012-01-08 020And voila! Here’s the finished neck warmer ready to wear. All you need now is to sew your very own label on it. This whole process took less than 10 minutes, that’s how fast they go.




You could make variations for different looks or for using different fabrics:

  • make a single layer with heavy fleece,
  • make a two-coloured neck warmer, with a different colour on the inside (this means a seam at the top which works very nicely too)
  • make it taller, in a single layer of lightweight fleece, so it’s scrunchy
Have fun with this! It’s too easy to not make these for yourself …and everyone else.


  1. Hi there! Nice to find your blog! I'll link to it if that's OK. Thanks for stopping by mine.
    I like the jeans you made. The flower pockets are very, very cute.

    1. Thanks Karin! Links are very welcome. I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the last year or so, it's great to connect with other sewists for inspiration. The jeans were a real challenge to fit, but I'm so glad I made them. The pockets were fun to make, and I'm happy with how they turned out. I don't have an embroidery machine, so this was the only way.

  2. The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post.

  3. Thank You for this post I plan on using this neck warmer for a 7th and 8th grade sewing class I think the kids will like this project

    1. Hi Sheryll,
      You are absolutely welcome to use this! Thank you so much for letting me know.
      I really hope your students have fun making their neck warmers.

  4. Just made this! So fast an easy. Thanks!

    1. Thank you too! I love getting feedback, and I'm glad the instructions seem to be helpful.