A cozy fleece neck gaiter helps seal the gap between your collar and a warm hat -- just the thing to wear on a walk in the cool weather, or during cold winter excursions. Convenient, useful neck gaiters are really just a simple tube with only two straight seams. Sewing your own neck gaiter makes a great first project with a sewing machine, although you can also sew one by hand fairly quickly.
1. Cut a 23-inch-by-19-inch piece of stretchy, non-cotton fleece for an adult-size neck gaiter, or a 21-inch-by-17-inch piece for a child's neck gaiter. Orient your cut so the fabric is stretchiest when you pull on the short edges.
2. Lay the fabric right side up; fold the top of the rectangle down to the bottom. Pin and sew with a medium zigzag stitch, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
3. Fold the resulting fabric tube in half, matching the raw edges on the short end of the rectangle.
4. Pin and sew the raw edges, again using a medium zigzag stitch and 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 3- or 4-inch gap, large enough to insert your hand into the folded tube -- really now more of a doughnut -- that you've sewn.
5. Use your scissors or a rotary cutter to trim all seam allowances to 1/4 inch.
6. Turn the tube inside-out through the opening you left.
7. Stitch the opening closed. Either whip-stitch by hand, or fold the edges under and stitch them in place with your sewing machine.
8. Give your gaiter a more finished look by top-stitching 1/4 inch on both sides of the seam you just closed, using a straight stitch. Use the same stitch to top-stitch both the top and bottom edges, again using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Items you will need
- 1/4 yard stretchy, non-cotton fleece
- 24-inch or longer ruler
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine with walking foot, or needle and thread
- Polyester thread
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