fleece neck warmers {2 ways} tutorial

Who wouldn’t want to make an easy and cuddly neckwarmer or a warm scarf?  We all love fleece here in the midwest, it’s that super snuggly stuff you just can’t stop wearing day after day (possibly too many days in a row, hehe).

So after I saw some simple fleece scarves at target the other day, I knew I’d have to make some warm neck gear.  And of course I couldn’t make up my mind what way I wanted to make it, so I made two versions: one neckwarmer, one scarf!
Ready?  Don’t blink because you might miss these if you do. 
{Seam allowances 1/2″ unless otherwise stated}
For the neck warmer:
Cut two pieces of fleece 21″ long by 5″ tall (for approx. a 2 year old.), 24″ long by 6″ tall (for a 4-5 year old)  You may need to play around with the length on these depending on what size head you’re going to try and fit it over.  Fleece does stretch nicely, but just hold it up to that noggin and eyeball it!
Fold in half matching up the short ends RIGHT sides together.  Just a little note here that most fleeces don’t have a distinct right or wrong side, just make sure the side you want facing out is RIGHT sides together.
Sew together.  Be sure to use at least a cotton poly blend thread or all poly thread for fleece.  I also lengthened by stitch length to 3 instead of my usual 2.5.
Repeat for other strip of fleece.
Finger press seams open.  Place one tube inside the other with WRONG sides facing.  Pin in place.
Topstitch around both top and bottom of neck warmer about 3/8″ from each edge.  You don’t have to worry about the raw edges because fleece doesn’t fray.
For the reverse applique scarf:
Take two pieces of fleece 5″ tall by approx. 45″ long.  Place WRONG sides together.  Pin and sew a rectangle all the way around the scarf leaving the last 3-4″  on each end  unsewn (this will be for the fringes).
Make a simple drawing with a water soluble pen or just freehand sew it on your machine towards the end of one side of the scarf.  Now clip through the top layer of fleece with a sharp scissors (being careful not to cut through the other side) close to the stitching. 
Lastly, cut 1/2″ slits into each end of the scarf for fringes.  That’s it! You’re set. Try it on a keep warm!

8 thoughts on “fleece neck warmers {2 ways} tutorial

  1. Carla says:

    Perfect! I was planning on making a few this weekend and now I have the perfect tutorial to help me along.

  2. Looks almost as simple as the scarves I made for my kids. I took plaid flannel and ripped the edges straight. That’s it! But they don’t have that super cute heart.

  3. Aww, these are so cute, I love that heart! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  4. ~M~ says:

    Wow. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!


  5. Anonymous says:

    I knew there had to be an easier way than what I was doing. Thanks.

  6. Pat says:

    Love this! I used the directions and made 2 neck warmers and it was super quick and easy. Thanks for sharing!

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