Free Neck Warmer Sewing Pattern Tutorial


Neck WarmerThe recent snow is my inspiration for this Free Neck Warmer Sewing Pattern, the first tutorial in a series of easy-to-make winter accessories.

This Neck Warmer Scarf is fast and really simple to make. I made this one in about 30 minutes from start to finish! It’s simple to create endless Neck Warmer Scarf designs from this one basic pattern by using various fabrics and embellishments.

To decorate my Neck Warmer, I added a couple of buttons. You could also use a fabric flower such as any of the ones included in my Country Day Headband and Flowers pattern found in my etsy shop.

I love vintage jewelry, so I think a brooch from your favorite antique shop or flea market would also be an excellent embellishment for your Neck Warmer.

You’ll Need These Supplies:

  • Wool, wool blend, woven cotton, cotton flannel, lightweight corduroy or similar fabric for front
  • Fleece for back
  • Embellishments such as decorative buttons, flower or brooch
  • Large snap
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat (optional, but makes it much easier to cut panels)
  • Washaway Fabric Marker

Let’s Get Started!

Cut Fabric Panels

Front Panel and Fleece Backing Panel

My Neck Warmer has a finished size of 28″ x 8″. To make it, cut one front panel of fabric 29″ x 9″. This allows for 1/2″ seam allowance all around. Cut your fleece backing the same size. I used a rotary cutter and mat, but if you don’t have them, you can use scissors instead.

Pin right sides together and stitch around leaving an opening about 5″ long on one short edge for turning.

Clip Corners

Clip corners to remove bulk

Clip corners as shown above to reduce bulk which will make a nicer corner when turned right side out.

Turn right side out and press

Turn right side out & press, folding in side opening edges to match seamline

Turn Neck Warmer right side out and press. Fold in the fabric on the side opening to match seam line.

Use a Ladder Stitch to close the seam. I love the Ladder Stitch because it is invisible, so the seam has a nice finished edge. Follow the link to read a photo tutorial on how to do the Ladder Stitch.

Ladder stitch is invisible on outside

Ladder stitch is invisible on outside

Note: The ladder stitch is done by forming the stitches directly across from each other and through the fabric folds so they aren’t visible on the right side.

Top Stitch 1/4" all around

Top Stitch 1/4″ all around

After closing the side seam, topstitch 1/4″ all the way around your neck warmer. Now you are ready to add embellishments and the closure.

Add buttons or embellishments as desired

Add buttons or embellishments as desired

To finish, attach buttons or other embellishments to Neck Warmer as desired.

Sew snap post section in top left corner of fleece side

Sew snap post section in upper left corner on fleece side

Sew the post section of your snap on the back (fleece side) in the upper left corner.

Fold neckwarmer to determine snap position

Fold neckwarmer to determine snap position

Fold your Neck Warmer as shown above to help determine where to sew the socket piece of your snap on the front panel.

Snap sections sewn into place

Snap sections sewn into place

Sew socket piece to front panel as shown.

Snap or slide closure options

Snap or slide closure options

You could also use a slide (hook) closure instead of a snap. I’m all about using what you have on hand that will work.

My daughter wanted a Neck Warmer that was longer and wider, so I made one for her that was 30″ x 10″.

Draw curved edge onto paper first to make a template

Draw curved edge onto paper first to make a template

I cut my panels 31″ x11″, then I cut a curved lower edge as shown just for a different look. I first drew it on a piece of printer paper and cut it as a template. It’s not difficult and you can trim your template until you get the curve you want.

Make sure you clip the curved edge in addition to clipping the corners

Make sure you clip the curved edge in addition to clipping the corners

Sew together the same as the first Neck Warmer, but make sure you clip your curves and your corners before turning for a smooth edge.

To get the snap placements where I wanted, I put on the Neck Warmer, adjusted it until I was pleased with the fit, then marked the snap position with a washaway fabric marker.

My snap position was slightly different for this version

My snap position was slightly different for this version

You can see by this photo that I positioned the snaps differently than for the original Neck Warmer. I think this is really a personal preference depending on how you want your Neck Warmer to lay.

Funky green button embellishment

Funky green button embellishment

I found this funky green button on one of my shopping expeditions. I think it adds the perfect touch to my finished project.

Larger neck warmer with curved edge

Larger Neck Warmer with curved edge

Use your imagination to create a variety of looks from this basic pattern. How about adding trim around the edge or loops on the front edge and buttons for closures? A colorful embroidered motif would be lovely on a solid color Neck Warmer as well! I would love to see what you design! Please feel free to post design suggestions, comments or photos! As always, Happy Sewing!

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8 Responses to Free Neck Warmer Sewing Pattern Tutorial

  1. Alisha says:

    I love how both of these came out!! TFS! Stopping by from Tip Junkie’s linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

  2. Mary says:

    I Looove theeeese neck warmers. I love the both of them. They are so cool, and they look so so warm for when the wind is blowing really fierce. You did a wonderful job and I love both fabrics, too.

  3. Jan says:

    I have been looking for a pattern for neck warmers to upcycle an old herring bone coat. This is exactly what I wanted them to look like. Directions clearly written. Thank You so much

  4. Katherine says:

    Love the pattern! Made eight and plan on making them for all my nieces and friends! Using up all kinds of my rug hooking plaid woollens for the front of each. Thank you for the pattern. Instead of snaps I sewed black hair elastics into the seam.

  5. Katherine says:

    I loved the pattern. In stead of snaps I used hair elastics sewn into the seam. Used up all sorts of my plaid rug hooking wool and vintage buttons. I made over 30. As well as sharing the pattern with a senior friend – I cut out 14 for her. Every one loves them! Some I had to piece the wool. I also accented them with extra buttons on the opposite side. What fun I had! Thank you for the pattern!

  6. Frances says:

    We love them. My daughter is 10 and made them for a fundraiser for horses at her stable. This is exactly what we were looking for. They are very rider-friendly as they keep the neck warm without hanging from the neck.

  7. Arian says:

    I love the pattern. I went off to my local fabric store. I plan on making these for Pollyanna gifts. So cute. Thank you.

  8. Paula says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’m going to make some out of my late father’s flannels.

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