I had originally thought I would have this to you by the weekend… but as the weather gets cold and everyone starts to get sick, sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. Plus at this time of year there are lots of things going on and it just seems that I dont have enough time in the day or energy after work. And a lot of time, it is hard for me to work on tutorials at night (which is my sewing time) simply because of the lighting. I think maybe I need to put some sort of lighting on my wish list!!!
So it is a little over-due, but now I would like to explain how I made my kids the convertible neck warmers (with hat) , which as you can see here is perfect to keep neck and ears warm while riding bikes, etc.
What you will need is:
- 1/3 yard fleece
- 26 inches of stretch cord
- 1 cord stopper
I cut out the 4 pieces necessary (being careful of the way that the stretch goes!!!!):
- 1x main neck piece 9″ x 24″ (stretch most in direction of the long 24″ = sideways!)
- 2x side hat pattern piece
- 1x middle hat piece = 14″ x 4.5″ (stretch most in direction of the short 4.5″ piece!!)
First I made two button holes on the top of the main neck piece. I used a Stretch buttonhole, which is optimal for stretchy fabrics like this fleece.
The button holes should start 3/4″ from the short side and 1/2″ from the top edge and both go in the direction away from the short side seam. I also used a stabilizer under the fleece while making the button hole helpful for stretchy fabrics:
I used a seam ripper to open out the middle of the button hole:
Next I folded the main neck piece so that the right sides are togetherand sew the short end together with an overlock stitch to make a loop with a seam that looks like this:
Then I folded up the long bottom edge by 1″ and pinned in place.
And then I used a jersey stretch stitch to sew along the edge all around the loop.
If you are not familiar with a jersey stich, let me show you the stitch on my machine:
Ok, so like I said, I used a jersey stitch to sew along that edge so that it looks like this all around the loop.
Here you can see the stitch from both sides:
Now I did the same for the top edge. Fold over by one inch and sew around the loop so that it looks like this:
I took the stretch cord and using a safety pin pushed it around the top loop through one button hole and then back out the other.
Then I added the stopper to one end:
Then I sewed the two loose cord ends together using a zigzag stitch and made sure that seam is pulled into the neck warmer so it is not visible.
Now I moved on to the hat piece. Taking the hat center piece and one of the hat side pieces, I laid them out like this:
And then sewed them together (sorry about lighting on this one, but I think it is still clear what I did )
Notice they are not overlapping, they are just touching. But later the seam is totally invisible under the jersey stitch.
Once they are together, they look like this:
Then I repeated with the other side and added it in the same way to the center hat piece so that now the 3 hat pieces are together.
Then I folded over the front seam by 1/4 inch and using the same jersey stitch sewed it down.
Now the hat looks like this:
And from the back:
Now it is time to sew the hat piece and the neck piece together.
I pinned the bottom of the hat piece to the top of the neck piece, making sure that the center of the hat back is lined up with the center back seam on the neck warmer. The bottom edge of the hat should be lined up along the lower edge of the jersey stitch that is already on the neck warmer. (You are going to later sew right on top of that same seam)
Now sew along the same seam existing and voila, you are done
to see more pictures or read more, see the original post here: convertible neck warmers
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