Introduction: DIY Neck Warmers (Button Tricks!)

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Neck warmers are one of the things I can't live without during the winters! It's funny how I've never tried to sew a neck warmer until now, really, instructables is inspiring me to make things everyday! I made 4 neck warmers with 4 different patterns in only 20 minutes and I couldn't wait to share the idea!

Anyways, this instructable will show how to make super easy yet cool neck warmers in 20 minutes! It was fun when I figured out that changing the positions of the buttons of a neck warmer can change the whole pattern of it!

Follow this ible to find out how buttons can change the pattern of a neck warmer and meanwhile try making yourself some cozy neck warmers or make'em as gifts! they're so easy to make, turn out great, so why not gift some warm, cozy neck warmers this Holiday season! :)

Step 1: Materials Needed

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To make these neck warmers you'll need:

1) Fleece fabric,
2) Scissor,
3) Sewing machine,
4) Thread and needle,
5) Large Buttons - wooden buttons would look great!,

You might also need- measuring tape, pencil or chalk.

Step 2: Cutting and Sewing

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Sewing these neck warmers are super easy, all you have to do is-

  • Cut 2 pieces of fleece fabric (of same size),
  • Place one piece on the top of the other one, with both wrong sides facing out,
  • Sew all around the edges, but don't forget to keep a small area open because you'll have to turn the right side out,
  • After turning the right side out, fold the edges of the open side in and sew along the edge,

There, done!

The size of each neck warmer would depend on the users choice and it should fit on you or whoever you're making it for, so don't forget to measure the width and length before cutting the fleece fabric.

The width and length of my neck warmers are:-
Neck Warmer-1 : Width- 5 inches and length- 24 inches,
Neck Warmer-2 : Width- 5 inches and length- 26 inches,
Neck Warmer-3 : Width- 10 inches and length- 30 inches,
Neck Warmer-4 : Width- 10 inches and length- 30 inches.
These are the final width and length of the neck warmers, so I had to keep extra inches on both width and length of the fleece fabric while cutting.

Step 3: Patterns/ Templates

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After you're done sewing the main fabric for the neck warmer it's time to add the buttons. I've attached 4 templates of the 4 neck warmers I've made, have a look at the templates, it might give you a little idea about the patterns.

For pattern 1 and 2 you can 4 buttons too, 2 in each row.

Step 4: Marking the Button Area

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We're only one step away from the complete neck warmer, adding buttons! I didn't attach the buttons with the neck warmer in this step, only placed them on the neck warmer to mark the button holes and button areas.

Fold the neck warmers into its actual pattern and mark the area of the button/ buttons and button holes,

For pattern 3 and 4 you'll have to gather down the neck warmer in the middle and then create the main pattern.

For neck warmer-4: Notice the corners marked with 2 red circles, you'll have to join these 2 corners and pull the other end up, where you'll make the button hole and below that - the button.

Step 5: Adding Buttons

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I used different wooden buttons and big round wooden beads, they look great in neck warmers.

Use the scissor to cut a small area for the button hole and stitch around the edges of the button hole using thread and needle,
Now that you'll have the button holes ready, fold the neck warmer to it's actual pattern (just to make sure you place the buttons correctly) and use a pencil or chalk to mark the buttons positions through the button holes.
And, simply attach the button/ buttons in its place (right below the button hole).

Now wear'em and feel warm :)

You might come up with more patterns, it's fun! I hope you enjoy making them :)


Oska and Co made it! (author)2017-03-21

Thank you Muhaiminah Faiz I added the link of your tutorial on my blog cause I made my own version of a reversible neck warmer, upcycling a red tartan skirt (yes !) and I think your instructions could be very useful for my readers because our versions are quite similar.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-01-29

Wow Wow Wow (Expecting 3 thanks :D),

This is such a winning entry by you, two prizes in two awesome contests. Totally Awesome. Congratulations.. Loved your style. Oh and you won a sewing cool is that :)

dhanyawad, dhanyawad, dhanyawad :p

yes, these 2 contests were really exciting, & I'm more than happy cuz my lil sister Ami9702 also won 2nd prize in the sew warm contest (both of us used the same blue fleece!) ....

Wow...that is even more awesome :)

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-01-23

Congratulations on winning first prize!!

Thanks emily! :)

786Ayesha (author)2014-01-22

Congratulation!Your stars are working..Now you can post more sewing projects..

Thanks Ayesha! yes, so excited about it :)

antoniraj (author)2014-01-21

congratulations on winning first prize Muhaiminah Faiz

Thank you sir!

zeyanimisbah (author)2014-01-21

Congratulations muhna, that's a great prize. keep up the good work

Thanks buddy! sure will :)

faiza007 (author)2014-01-21

Congratulations muhaiminah....!!first prize..woah..keep up the good work..I am really happy for you..! :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)faiza0072014-01-22

Thanks faiza! yeah, this made my day :D thanks again!

lindarose92 (author)2014-01-21

Wow, first prize in the sew warm contest! Congratulations!!! That prize is great, you really deserve it! :)

Thanks linda! it was unexpected, I thought I might win the second or runner up prize, can't wait to have it!

shazni (author)2014-01-20

congrats on becoming a finalist! Hope you get what you want :-)

sunshiine (author)2014-01-17

Congratulations on winning! I love this and may try to make one for my daughter in law! She stays cold and loves neck scarves! You did a nice job!


Thanks so much sunshiine! I'm sure yours will turn out a lot better than mines! I hope she likes it, share a picture :)

lindarose92 (author)2014-01-14

Congratulations for winning the second prize!! I don't have the special power of dreaming about winners, but I KNEW you were going to win one of the highest prizes! :D

Haha, thanks linda! congrats to you too! I'm really happy that we're winning these contests and amazing prizes together :) can't wait to have that color changing mug!

Me too, I'm also curious to find out how that works...never seen anything like that before :D

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-01-14


Thanks emily!

786Ayesha (author)2014-01-14

Congratulation!This is a lovely ible.

Thank you Ayesha!

emilyvanleemput (author)2013-11-29

blue fleece? seriously? I have my blue fleece laying here since last week for a project :D

wow! I've bought these fleece last month but was waiting for the sew warm contest! when are we going to see a warm project from you? were you going to make neck warmers? :D

Not neck warmers but something reaaaly close to that :)

Well, lets wait, I'm sure it'll be amazing :) have loads of blue fleece left, it'll be fun to try out your warm project with it :)

Still haven't finished it...

zeyanimisbah (author)2014-01-11

congratulations for being selected to the finalists :)

niefie (author)2013-12-19

...and I made another one. Thanks again!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)niefie2013-12-25

love the color of the fleece fabric! great work :)

niefie (author)2013-12-18

What a great inspiration you gave me. For the first time a made button holes and attached buttons with my sewing machine. I made your neck warmer for a friend of mine. Thanks a lot for your clear tutorial!

niefie (author)niefie2013-12-18

With my picture

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)niefie2013-12-18

wow, yours turned out sooo good! love the buttons. thanks for sharing and you've done a great work :)
and, no problem, I love sharing ideas!

Ami9702 (author)2013-12-10

Wow this is really pretty......:)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Ami97022013-12-15

Thanks! ;)

Mitsuki999-chan (author)2013-12-14

I made one out of an old hoodie that didn't fit me anymore :) I know it's not perfect, but I've only just taken up sewing with a machine, so I still have a lot to learn

It looks great! you've done a nice job :)

sunshiine (author)2013-12-08

Very nice! It looks great on!

Thank you so much sunshiine! :)

ScottyGS (author)2013-12-02

Hah! I'm a long-time knitter and have been knitting up neck warmers similar to these--some are 'infinity' circles, but even for those I planned to put BIG buttons on with snaps so the wearer could 'tighten' them up depending on need. Your 4th photo (the single large button on a kerchief style) is similar to what I've been making (using eyelet stitches as the buttonholes). AND if one knits with pure wool (or a derivative thereof such as mohair), you can 'felt' the fabric into a thicker version of the fleece you're using here. I hadn't yet decided where my buttons should go so will use your instructable as a guide--much appreciated! In a pinch I just might pick up some fleece now, and make some extras (when I run out of time to knit them)--AND they just might make great liners--to turn my own knitted ones into reversibles (or more comfortable for those who can't wear wool next to their skin). You've given me some fabulous ideas since I'm no good with a camera--or making instructables myself. Love it!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)ScottyGS2013-12-02

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ible! I've tried to learn knitting but the result is always 'zero'! it's kind of tricky! I'm so glad to know you're using big buttons, don't they look adorable! personally, I'd love to have a knitted neck warmer with big wooden buttons,they look great. I'm glad my ible was helpful, I hope you enjoy making them!

ScottyGS (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2013-12-02

Oh, it's SO easy, actually. If you're even remotely good at math, I've found that knitting is great for those who can think mathematically, believe it or not. For example 'I' cannot learn crocheting--yet it's supposed to be far easier than knitting. :) Growing up in Scotland they tried to teach us in school but I was HOPEless, making a big muddle. But being very poor then I wanted to knit clothes for my dolls--so somehow taught myself and did a bit better. MUCH later, after my family emigrated to the US I began again and this time it all fell into place --as purely logical. NOW the stitches made sense. It also involves a lot of counting. I just found a tutorial for you on youtube: but could easily teach anyone. My local library does classes--so perhaps yours does too? All you have to know initially is to knit and purl (or even just knit) a rectangle. If you make it out of wool or a wool blend (not machine washable), you can felt it--and then use it as you do your fleece. Big needles and chunky yarn make it SO easy (and very warm). I LOVE the big buttons--and am finding old, retro wood ones to use with Aran yarn, or Bakelite ones for a more retro look. I really loved your idea and will definitely use it in my own creations. I'm going shopping this weekend for fleece. :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)ScottyGS2013-12-04

I found crochet easier than knitting! but I have to learn knitting sooner or later, thanks for the tutorial, that's so nice of you, I'll definitely give it a try and let you know how it goes :)
If you do make some neck warmers with big buttons don't forget to share a picture of it, really excited to see :)

Have a great crafty day!

Cat00x (author)2013-12-02

If you like to sew and have a button-hole attachment for your sewing machine, you can sew buttonholes and slash them open with a knife. I like the handmade quality of hand-sewing the buttonholes, though. Thanks for sharing this simple ible and great gift idea!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Cat00x2013-12-02

Thank you so much! I'm not good with sewing machines and not sure if my machine has one! I'll check. I'm glad you like the neck warmers! :)

eionmaqq (author)2013-12-01

Absolutely lovely idea! Will be filling the stockings with these and a bonus is my fellow steampunks could only see them as a fantastic accessory...maybe a heavy cotton linen or wool collar to dress up the daily attire. Thank you much for the idea!

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