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After having a snow break for a couple of weeks, winter has decided to return with a vengeance here in the north country. Just in time for my soldier to return to work after our Christmas leave. For Christmas my crafty mother-in-law made us each a neck gaiter. If you don’t know what that is (because before I met my tactically proficient husband, I hadn’t either) it’s basically a small scarf that fits snugly to your neck, and can be pulled up over your nose and ears to block the wind. We love the ones she made for us, and that got my husband wanting one he could wear to work. That brings us to today’s DIY!
This is a very versatile and customizable project. You can use any print/color you’d like, add a fun trim or decorative stitch, really whatever your creative heart desires.The best part is, it can be done in less than 30 minutes! Due to army uniform policy, I’m making his in black. I’ll be following up in later posts with different variations.
This was probably the most inexpensive thing I’ve ever made, due to the minimal fabric and supplies needed. This cost me less than $1, now that’s a deal!
You may need to adjust if your head and neck are bigger/smaller. I cut two pieces measuring 22 1/2 x 12 1/2. These measurement’s include a 1/4 seam allowance on each side.
Time to sew!
Pin right sides together on 3 sides, leaving one side open (disregard the fact that the bottom piece is slightly longer then it should be)
With this plain fleece I found it a little hard to determine which was the wrong side and which was the right. The wrong side will be flatter and less fluffy and the right side will have more of a “pile” to it.
Sew a straight stitch along the pinned edges, stopping at each corner with the needle in place to lift the presser foot and turn the fabric beneath.
Clip the corners close (but not too close!) to the seam.
Turn fabric out.Top stitch along the same sides that we just stitched together.
Fold the gaiter so that the unfinished edges all align and make a 4 unfinished layer fabric sandwich.
Zig zag stitch across unfinished edge.
Turn inside out, and prepare to be warm darlin!
The easiest, quickest, and comfiest thing I’ve ever sewn!
If you’ve decided to sew along with me, I’d like to see what you’ve created! Comment below, or tag me facebook @graceandthane, or on twitter @gracethaneblog.