Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fleece Ear Covers Tutorial

Ok, so we have this fleece ear warmer that my daughter has been using for a couple of winters now. The other day she came home from school saying her teacher says it's time for her to get a new one because the old one got STUCK IN HER HAIR.

Yeah, we have big heads in this family. So, I set about to make her a new one. How hard could this be? (Isn't that always how complicated projects start?) I found this old fleece newborn swaddler thing the hospital sent us home with and we never used and decided this would be perfect for her ear warmer.



After a million hours I finally separated all the little pieces and determined there was no 1 piece long enough, so I sewed some different lengths together.



It's kind of boring, right? I used hot pink thread and sewed a couple different velcro strips on it for sizing and waited for her to come home to see if it fit...after I tried it on my son for some practice...


...he loved it. 

Before & After or Old & New: 


Then I got the bug to really try it out so I went to the store and purchased 1/4 yard of this fun pink camo fleece. I was going to give ya'll measurements and stuff, but it really depends on the size of your kids head.

I would say to measure your child's head and then add 1 inch for seam allowance and then an additional 2 inches for overlapping and Velcro on the vertical, and 1/2 - 1 inch for seam allowance on the sides. Cut 2 pieces.


Lay the 2 pieces on top of each other, wrong sides facing out. Start at a corner and sew along all the sides. Leave 1 inch gap open to turn it inside-out (I like to use a pencil or a small dowel to get all the corners turned out). Pin the gap closed and sew a top-seam 1/4" from the edge to secure the seams. Cut 1 inch of your Velcro and pin it to the ends of your fleece, making sure they will meet together when connected. Again, start in the corner of the Velcro piece and sew around the edges. Be sure to back-stitch. 

Guess who this one is for? 


It's my little mini-fleece ear cover! Too cute! I also made one for my other daughter and so far, so good! These are wonderful to wear on cool days or when hair does not allow for a full knit hat. Have fun!

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