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!
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?
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.
2. Cut out the outer layer and lining pieces using the drafted pattern.
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.
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.
6. Trim off the two corners and then turn the scarf right side out. Close the opening by hand stitching it together.
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.
8. Topstitch the scarf using a 3/8” seam allowance.
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.