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Beat the Winter Chill: How to Sew a Cozy Neck Warmer

As the winter weather sets in with a vengeance, it’s time to pull out the gloves and scarves. If you’re like me, even though I wear the same coat each year, I like to have an assortment of cold weather accessories to pick from. Then, I can choose which is most appropriate given the severity of weather outside. Ultimately, keeping my hands and neck warm is without a doubt my number one priority.

Keep yourself warm and toasty, no matter the elements, with this neck warmer tutorial!

neck warmer

This year I am adding a new neck warmer to my arsenal of outdoor accessories, and you should too! Though nothing more than another name for a scarf, a neck warmer can be used over a coat or jacket for outdoor use. Or, lighten up the choice of outer fabric and lining and it can become an interesting accessory to dress up a simple round neck sweater, dress or top.

I used some leftover wool for the outer layer, but a medium weight knit or flannel would work equally well. To line the scarf I chose a piece of fleece in a complementary color. The fleece adds both warmth and comfort, especially as wool can be irritating against the skin to wear. To secure the scarf, I chose a simple button (with buttonhole), but many different types of closures would also work, such as large snaps for a clean look. Try jazzing it up with a buckle, metal clasp or a frog style closure.

Truth be told, I didn’t have a wide enough piece of the fleece to fit the outer layer, so I had to piece it together. I used a lapped seam to keep the bulk in check. Though my intentions were to have the lining piece match the dimensions of the outer fabric, I think it added an extra bit of interest to the scarf, don’t you?

fleece pieced together

Ideally, the scarf should be cut on the bias so it curves smoothly around the neck, but if using a knit it can be cut on either the lengthwise or crosswise grain. Mine was cut on the long grain simply because my leftover piece was not wide enough. That’s what happens when you’re using scraps from your stash. I used ¼” seam allowances and topstitched the entire scarf using 3/8″ allowances.

What you will need:

• For both the outer layer and lining pieces of fabric that are 36″ in length and if cut on the long or cross grain 11″ in width , or 26″ in width if cut on the bias
• Matching thread
• Some type of closure – your choice
• A small piece of interfacing for added stability if adding a buttonhole

Here is how to make the neck warmer:

1. Using the photo as your guide, draw the pattern onto a piece of craft paper in the shape and dimensions illustrated. Make special note of the location of the top and bottom of the neck warmer.

drafted pattern
2. Cut out the outer layer and lining pieces using the drafted pattern.

cut outer layer and lining pieces
3. If adding a buttonhole fuse some interfacing to the underside of the outer layer fabric in the general area of where you intend the buttonhole to be.

sitched and interfacing fused
4. With right sides together pin the outer layer to the lining around the entire perimeter of the scarf. When pinning, allow the lining fabric to extend slightly beyond the outer layer. This will ensure the lining fits more snugly under the outer layer.

5. Stitch the scarf together using a ¼” seam allowance and leave a 3 inch opening at the bottom so the scarf can be turned right side out.

3" opening
6. Trim off the two corners and then turn the scarf right side out. Close the opening by hand stitching it together.

corners trimmed
7. With your fingers carefully turn out the seam edges and corners. Press the edges in place and then pin them in place to get them ready for the topstitching.

edges turned and pinned
8. Topstitch the scarf using a 3/8” seam allowance.

topsitched
9. Mark the location of the buttonhole with chalk or a fabric pen (depends on your choice of fabric) and then stitch it in place. Sew the button to the corresponding flap.

buttonhole applied
back view

 

51 Comments

Lois

I’d LOVE to make this if I could find a pattern somewhere. Me draw a pattern? Lol. NOT!

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susan kapustka

LOIS, you don’t have to draw a pattern. The pattern is here, on gridded paper, waiting for you. It looks like you start with a 32 inch straight line. Using the ends of this line, draw another line but with a bulge. Then another line with a bigger bulge. Done. Cut in muslin and wrap around your neck. Do you like it? If not, make it bigger or smaller.

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Barbara Wade

Is there an easier way to cut a pattern, I don’t understand the drawing a straight line then adding a bulge. What does that mean? I’m totally confused.

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Blanca Fox

Me too and I sew. It would be so much better if she had the measurements on the pattern so we could see and draw one ourselves. Is there any way you could make this picture bigger so we can cut out the pattern.

june mordecai

When you scroll down on the pieces she has shown , if you click on your little wheel (top right hand corner on your screen ) enlarge the picture to about 250 and you can read the measurements 11 in deep x 36 inches long you then can shape it and sew together

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Bill J. Davis

Cynthia Shannon Davis thinks that this is really cute.

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Bill J. Davis

Cynthia Shannon Davis thinks that this is really cute.

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Laura Shannon Melvin

I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for posting it.

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Kathy Wagner

Great idea

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Martha Pepplar

Is the pattern piece meant to be asymmetrical? The left half doesn’t match the right half on the graph paper.

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Tawnt

Could you please give me the dimensions given on the photo of the pattern? I am unable to read it and was not able to enlarge the photo. I absolutely love this and I am ALWAYS cold. My hubby laughs at the way I “shrug up” my shoulders, trying to keep my neck warm all the time!

Thank you so much.

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JoJo

Looks like she has written 11″ tall in the middle and 36″ long. Those were the only dimensions I saw.

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Ann

Thank you for the tute! Once in a while the temperature does get low here in So Flo & this will do the trick w/out bulking up w/ unnecessary layers!

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adajilsaclark

Love this im going to make 1/ is too cold here in minnesota.Thanks.

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Amy

I would love to make this but I can’t see the dimensions nor could I enlarge the photo. Could you please
send me the measurements. Thank you.

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Rose

I cannot see the dimensions nor could I enlarge the photo also. Could you please send me the measurements. It looks great

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Marcy

Very nice and thank you for sharing, Linda! I, too, am unable to read the pattern and need the measurements.

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Kristine

Could you please e-mail me the measurement for the neck warmer
Thank you

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Karen

Is their some way to get the pattern, or measurements please. I can’t enlarge, or see how to download info. Have I missed something? Please help!

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Margaret

Can I please have the measurements. Unable to see the figures when enlarging the photo.
Thank you.

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CC

For those who need the measurements in the photo: 11″ Wide and 36″ Long.
The other notations are: Neck Warmer, Top, Bottom, CB(Center Back),
Happy sewing!

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Joanne

The instructions say 36″ wide, but the grids on the pattern piece equal about 27 or 27 1/2. Is that 26″ without seam allowance, and the pattern piece has it? Confused.

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Joanne

Oops. I meant “…the grids on the pattern piece equal about 37 or 37 1/2. Is that 36″ without seam allowance…”

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susan kapustka

I just got a lead on $1/yard (ugly) fleece. I may make 100 of these for “the poor kids”.

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susan kapustka

I am going to use velcro for the closure. However, I have been told to stop using velcro around the heads of black kids. It gets stuck in their hair.

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Alice

Are you dittsy? What a dumb comment.

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Sue

It’s not ditzy, it’s correct. My daughter has very tight curls and we have learned to avoid velcro like the plague!

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Claudia

Thank you so much for this neck warmer and tutorial! As I get older it seems like I have a hard time getting warm. This will help a lot!

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Hung Vanboerum

I really enjoyed this post! It appears you are truly dedicated to your topic, which is a refreshing change of pace. I bet your content will soon get picked up by a major syndicate. I hope you know that people actually appreciate quality writing like this!

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J.R.

I made one…….easy tutorial…….used a decorative pin for closure!

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Chrstie Heckler

I love the idea of decorative pin. I have a hard time with doing button holes. Thanks for your posted comment!

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Anne Dial

Can’t wait to make one .Thank you

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TD22

I copy photos like this and paste into WORD or Publisher. Then I expand the picture to the actual dimensions need to create your own pattern. The pattern will print out on grids…you tape together 8 1/2″ x 11″ blocks of computer paper which creates your pattern. Hope that helps. It’s really not that hard to recreate patterns. I use this for creating appliques for quilting too.

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Clare Coventry

I adore this and so want to make one. Has ANYONE drawn a pattern?????? I am a new to sewing and just can’t get my head around this. Thanks a million, in advance . Clare xx

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Lucy

I can’t see any gridded pattern or any drawings any where. Where are they? I love the neck warmer but no pictures in sight.

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Anne Finlay

I also would like a pattern. This is just perfect for my neck. Our winters are bad

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Laura

Really nice, but it is impossible for me too, to replicate thr pattern, not easy at all.

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Robin

I cant get any pictures. Is there a way to post pattern please?

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Robin

Can’t see any pictures. Would like some kind of pattern please

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Mary

I made a version of this for a birthday present today but not with the curves, just a rectangle, 11″x36″. It turned out very nice. I used up a piece of wool I’ve held onto for 20 years for one side and a patterned piece of polar fleece for the other side that didn’t go with anything else I have in my stash.

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Dee Childers

Using my android tablet, I had to open the page in Chrome, before i got the pictures to show.
I don’t believe there is a pattern that you can print out- it says to ‘draw a pattern on graph paper.

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Laurie

I just made two of these neck warmers, 11″ high by 36″ long, then turned them on the fabric to cut on the bias. Used red & black buffalo check and gray flannel lining. Turned out adorable. First one took about 90 minutes. Second one took less than an hour. Two great Christmas presents. Thank you for this tutorial.

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