I walk my dogs 3 miles every morning before day break. I needed to find a way to keep warm when the temperature drops below 20 degrees and the wind makes it feel even colder. I started making neck warmers. They are very warm and you can pull the fleece up around your chin to protect you face.
Next I made leg warmers. These are great for walking and they also keep my legs toasty warm when I'm inside.
Finally, I could never keep my hands warm. I use 2 retractable leashes, carry a cup of coffee, flashlight and tissues. If I wore very thick gloves or 2 pairs of gloves, I couldn't snap the dogs on the leash, clean up after my dogs or blow my nose without taking my gloves off. I came up with the idea of glove liners that are made to cover the palm of my hand. They keep my hand warm and my fingers are still flexibile enough to handle the leashes, coffee and flashlight.
However, my fingers were still cold. I made the open ended glove warmers to fit OVER my gloves. They have a plastic newspaper bag between the two layers of fleece to make them windproof. They can hang down to fit over my hand while holding the leash or I can scrunch them up if I need to use my hands to pick up after the dogs. I can remove the plastic bags when there is no wind or it's not that cold.
All of these items are very easy to make from only 1 yard of polar fleece fabric using either a sewing machine or by hand sewing. They are washable and last forever.
For this instructable I used bright pink fleece and black thread so that the stitching is easy to see.
Step 1: What you need
1 yard, 60 inch wide polar fleece
sewing machine or needle and thread
1 1/4 yards (approximately 41 inches) of 1/2 inch wide elastic
paper for making patterns ( I like old wrapping paper) or washable fabric marker
plastic bread wrapper or plastic newspaper bag
large safety pin