sovanisa: tutorial to sew a convertible neckwarmer - perfect for bike riding!  wear in 3 different ways

Tutorial: Convertible Neck Warmer

sovanisa: convertible neckwarmer tutorial

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.

sovanisa: keep those ears warm while riding bike with the neckwarmer that has hat that can flip out when needed!

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!!)

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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.

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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:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

I used a seam ripper to open out the middle of the button hole:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

Then I folded up the long bottom edge by 1″ and pinned in place.

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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:

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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.

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

Here you can see the stitch from both sides:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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.

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

Then I added the stopper to one end:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

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:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

And then sewed them together (sorry about lighting on this one, but I think it is still clear what I did :) )

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

Notice they are not overlapping, they are just touching.  But later the seam is totally invisible under the jersey stitch.

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

Once they are together, they look like this:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

And from the back:

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

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)

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer

 

Now sew along the same seam existing and voila, you are done :)

sovanisa: convertible neck warmer (hat and scarf)

sovanisa: sew convertible neckwarmer (hat and scarf)

to see more pictures or read more, see the original post here:   convertible neck warmers

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6 thoughts on “Tutorial: Convertible Neck Warmer”

    1. You are welcome :) I made this one come a little more forward towards the forehead than the original, which I think is better. This one definitely fits my 6 year old and my 4 year old too. My other 4 year old has a small head, so gotta check the fit on her too :)

      If it is too big for her, I will make another one for her with the same side pieces but with the middle piece a little narrower or taper at the front a little to fit better around the face.

  1. My friend’s daughter always riding bike to school (basically everywhere, we’re live in a small town). This is a great gift for her. Thank you so much for sharing this, you’re awesome! :-D

    1. Oh thank you!!! :) That is the exact reason why I needed to make this originally for my kids – they ride their bikes and scooters to school and everywhere – even in the winter!

  2. I’m having a problem with the tutorial because I cannot print it. I usually make a hard copy of items I find on the internet to take along with me to the sewing machine. Then I can make notations of size changes or high light things I want to remember to do, like changing the size of stitches for a particular part of the process. My computer is in the bedroom and my sewing machine is in my craft room so I can’t see the computer screen while sewing.

    I understand your concern for protecting your ideas and that unscrupulous people will copy other people’s ideas and claim them as their own; but why share a “tutorial” that can’t be used to actually make something? The pattern is printable but the instructions aren’t–that just doesn’t’ make sense to me. Am I the only one that can’t memorise what is on the screen and remember the steps when I get to my sewing machine? I even recommended your blog to my sewing group before I tried to make a copy of the tute; I’m really embarrassed now for sharing something that can’t really be shared. Oh well, my grand kids didn’t really need fleece hoods, I just thought it was a cute idea.

    1. Hi Pat,

      The site is not blocked for printing in any way. This is the first I have heard of any printing issues. I have just emailed you a pdf of the tutorial that I took as a print screen from the site (to the email you entered). Please check your email. I hope that works for you!

      I am pleased to hear that you shared my website with your sewing group. I have only been blogging for 6 months to share my hobby and think it is great that I am able to share projects that others find interesting. This is not a business and I do not earn a single cent from this blog – it is truly for fun and to share something I love…so it is a shame when someone is frustrated because of it!!!! I hope you don’t really regret or feel embarrassed for sharing my site. If you do ever run into any issues, please do let me know!

      Does anyone else have printing issues? I do not have any issues printing the blog, so I would be curious to know if anyone else has issues!

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