Heated Scarf - Long Lasting




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Heated Scarf - Long Lasting

When it's really cold outside you need more than just your own body heat to stay warm.

Well here's a nice addition to your cold weather gear, a heated scarf. This scarf will stay warm for hours.... Perfect for the football game, ice skating, or any other activity where you will be outside for an extended time.

The scarf is a cozy fleece wrap with three air-activated disposable heaters hidden inside. The heaters are inexpensive ($0.50 each) and the manufacturer states they last up to 10 hours and can reach temperatures of up to 158F (70C). Now no excuse for not staying outside!

They feel wonderful keeping you toasty warm!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies


1/2 yard - Fleece, 60 inch wide (Enough to make two)

7-1/2 inches - 3/4 inch wide Hook and Loop Fastener (Velcro). Narrower is OK.

[Non-adhesive style.]

3 Air-Activated Hand Warmers (I used "Hot Hands" brand)*

Thread to match your fleece

*The air activated heaters start working as soon as they are removed from their packaging and exposed to air. They contain iron, charcoal and salt among other ingredients, that react with the oxygen in the air to generate heat. Very clean, easy to use, last hours and very inexpensive.

Step 2: Cut Fabric to Size

The fleece came 60 inches wide which is a nice length for a scarf.

It was trimmed down to a narrow dimension of 8 inches. You can select a width based on personal preference. My fleece had a print that was 4 inches square so it kind of dictated the 8 inch dimension, which worked out well.

Step 3: Cut the Velcro to Length and Layout Your Components

The fleece will be folded in half lengthwise to form the heater pockets. Cut the Velcro into three matching 2-1/2 inch lengths. Each side of the fleece will have a hook or loop length as shown.

Step 4: Round the Corners of the Velcro and Sew in Place

Round the corners of the velcro so there is no possibility of getting poked and sew it into place on either side of the fleece.

Note the Velcro I purchased had adhesive on it. I was going to sew the Velcro in place but found that velcro with adhesive fouled the sewing needle and made it virtually impossible to sew the velcro in place. I had to get 'plain' velcro to use in the project.

Step 5: Sew the Heater Pockets Into the Fleece

As noted previously the fleece is folded lengthwise from 8 down to 4 inches. At the center of the scarf sew 4 seams, one every four inches to create the 4 by 4 inch pockets for the heaters.

Step 6: Load Your Heaters Into the Scarf

When you are ready to use your Heated Scarf, pull the velcro apart to open your heater pockets and load your heaters. The heaters start working as soon as they are removed from their packaging, so don't open them until you plan to use them.

Step 7: Enjoy Being Toasty Warm for Hours!

Now stay snuggly warm in your heated scarf.


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    4 Discussions

    Dominic Bender

    1 year ago

    Cool (or hot) concept! I think I might need to make one for my wife. Might use the rechargable kind of heaters, but they should work just as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    wannabemadsciDominic Bender

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for commenting. Great idea on the rechargeable heaters. Only downside on the electronic rechargeable is that they are rigid and not flexible like the disposable ones. Might feel a bit weird around the neck. They also only last about 3 hrs depending on the model - I have had the disposables go up to 12 hrs. Thanks again for the comment!!! Please share your results after you make one.

    Dominic Benderwannabemadsci

    Reply 1 year ago

    Okay, the longevity might be an issue, but I was not talking about electronic ones. I was referring to the ones that have a gel in them that you "recharge" in hot water, and when you start them (by clicking a metal piece inside) they revert back to solid and give off warmth. They would take the shape of the scarf well, I think. But like you said, they might not last long enough.

    wannabemadsciDominic Bender

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the dialog...

    I have some of the phase-change heaters you describe. They are very short lived. They change from liquid to solid very fast and then its just the heat of the solid. They also get rigid, but not a problem if they are shaped like the scarf when activated. Might be OK. Zippo lighter fluid hand warmers might also be an option. They run 6 - 12 hrs but they might have a slight smell and are rigid also.

    I considered sewing rice into the pockets permanently and then heating it in the microwave. I would think that the rice approach would be about as long lived as the phase-change heaters. Although the phase-change would give off more heat and you can take them with you and activate later whenever you want.

    Excited to see what you make!