Cut fleece as shown using the size chart.Make sure that you have the stretch in the right direction.You’ll have a hard time getting it over your head otherwise.
I have been wanting to create these cute neck gaiters for a long time.My inspiration were these Buffs from Sahalie called Winterized Bandanas.I thought I could make them much cheaper than the $28.50 they are charging. I wanted to use up my leftover fleece from the monster hats that I make.I found the stretchy polyester, at Joann for $3.00 a yard. The fabric is not the easiest to sew, but I’m proud of how well they turned out.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Polyester fleece or better yet, Bamboo fleece
Polyester stretchy patterned fabric (I found some $3.00 per yard stuff at Joann. It’s a
little difficult to sew, so I would recommend a better quality polyester.) I have not
been able to find patterned bamboo fleece.
Thread- I used cotton all-purpose, but polyester would probably be better.
A walking foot and a slight zigzag stitch when sewing the patterned fabric OR a knit stitch.
A nice sharp needle in your machine, especially for the double thickness version.Use a 1/2" seam allowance.
Step 2: Size Chart:
Step 3: Cut Fabric
Step 4: Sew Fabrics Together
Line up wrong sides of fabric together with patterned fabric on top.Sew a ½ inch seam using a slight zigzag stitch. (about 2.5 mm long and 2mm wide)Start sewing a little into the fleece and reverse so you don’t get the fleece stuck in the carriage of the machine.
Step 5: Fold Up
Step 6: Finish Seam
Step 7: Hide and Stitch
Step 8: Trim
Step 9: Turn
Step 10: Make a Tube
Step 11: Stitch and Trim
Step 12: Turn
Step 13: Stitch Fleece
You will not need to finish the edge of the top fabric because it will not fray.
Step 14: Final Seam
Step 15: Single Layer Version: (much Easier)
2) Hem the bottom of the fleece rectangle with about a ½” - ¾” fold. Start sewing a little into the fleece and reverse so you don’t get the fleece stuck in the carriage of the machine.
3) Line up wrong sides of fabric together with patterned fabric on top. Sew a ½ inch seam using a slight zigzag stitch. (about 2.5 mm long and 2mm wide)
4) Go back and fold the fleece over itself on the wrong side and stitch along with a straight stitch.
5) Fold the whole thing in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew to make a tube.Start at the fleece end using a straight stitch.Switch to the slight zigzag when you hit the patterned material.
6) Go back and stitch to the right of the original seam of the fleece and add a regular zigzag on the outside edge of the patterned fabric seam to make it a bit softer on the inside.You can leave the upper edge of the gaiter un-stitched because it won’t unravel.