Beat the Winter Chill With a Cozy DIY Neck Warmer

neck warmer

There are so many reasons to have a neck warmer in your mix of cold-weather accessories. Like a winter scarf, you can wear it over a coat or jacket to keep you feeling cozy. But if you lighten up the fabric, you can also use it to give a new look to a round-neck sweater, dress or top. Plus, the simple pattern and minimal fabric requirements make this the perfect stash-buster.

Good to Know: To keep things extra cozy, we used wool for the outer layer and fleece for the lining. Fleece provides extra warmth and comfort, as wool can be irritating when directly against skin. A medium weight knit or flannel would work well for a neck warmer, too.

Neck Warmer

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Fabric for the outer layer and lining (see dimensions below)
  • Matching thread
  • Your closure of choice
  • Sewing pins
  • A small piece of interfacing for added stability (optional)
  • Button (optional)
  • Fabric pen
  • Instructions

    1. Draw the Pattern

    drafted pattern

    Cut all your fabric into pieces 36″ in length. If cutting on the long or cross grain, the fabric should be 11″ in width. If you’re cutting on the bias, cut to 26″ in width.

    Using the image above as your guide, draw the pattern onto a piece of craft paper. Make special note of the location of the top and bottom of the neck warmer.

    2. Cut Out the Pieces

    cut outer layer and lining pieces

    Cut out the outer layer and lining pieces using the drafted pattern.

    3. Prepare the Buttonhole

    sitched and interfacing fused

    If adding a buttonhole, fuse interfacing to the underside of the outer layer fabric where you intend to place it.

    4. Pin the Pieces

    With right sides together, pin the outer layer to the lining around the entire perimeter of the neck warmer. Allow the lining fabric to extend slightly beyond the outer layer — this will ensure the lining fits more snugly under the outer layer.

    5. Stitch the Pieces Together

    3" opening

    Stitch the scarf together using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave a 3″ opening at the bottom (as in the photo above), so you can turn the neck warmer right side out.

    6. Turn the Neck Warmer Right Side Out

    corners trimmed

    Trim off the two corners, then turn the neck warmer right side out. Hand stitch the 3″ opening closed.

    7. Pin the Edges in Place

    edges turned and pinned

    With your fingers, carefully turn out the seam edges and corners. Press the edges, then pin them in place to get ready for topstitching.

    8. Topstitch


    Topstitch the neck warmer using a ⅜” seam allowance.

    9. Make the Buttonhole

    buttonhole applied

    Mark the location of the buttonhole with chalk or a fabric pen, then stitch in place. Sew the button to the corresponding flap.

    back view

    Here’s the finished neck warmer, seen from the back. You’re officially ready for a cozy winter!

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    14 Responses to “Beat the Winter Chill With a Cozy DIY Neck Warmer”

      • Pam White
        Pam White

        I would think the buttonhole would depend on the size of the person, and the snugness they prefer.

    1. Susan Lauder
      Susan Lauder

      I love this! I tried to do the pattern and it turned out alright.. ( need to make it more eggshaped and pointed at end ) But it was my first attempt.. thank you for the share <3

    2. Anne

      Love this. Want to make it, but the instructions are not good. Need a printable pattern to start with. New at sewing. This was stated as “easy”……

    3. Joan downum
      Joan downum

      Adorable. But the directions are horrible.. a little more detail for cutting fabric is needed

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    4. Dolli Stuter
      Dolli Stuter

      Great idea….but do you have an actual printable pattern for those of us who don’t draw well?

    5. Carole McKee
      Carole McKee

      Unfortunately I don’t see any markings for the button and buttonhole . However , this is a great little pattern that will make a great Christmas gift !