We’ve been have Snowmageddon 2017 here in the Tri Cities for the last week…wait month! It seems like forever since I’ve seen green grass in my back yard. My town is buried under a foot and a half of snow..that is now covered in freezing rain! It is beautiful and very cold! the average temp has been around 15-20 for the last month! It kind of feels like we live in the middle of a Narnia movie!
On the days we do have school, its pretty darn cold when my son heads to the bus stop and he’s been asking me to get him a fleece face mask for him for a while! I figured that a tube of fleece couldn’t be that hard to make! So…I dug through my fabric and found some fleece and just figured it out.
I’m not a novice seamstress, but I’m not professional either, so I don’t exactly know the right terms for everything….so bear with me!
In the end, my little man was overjoyed that his mouth and nose will be warm at the bus stop and if it ever gets to be over 20 degrees at school, he can wear it at recess too! He thinks he looks like a bandit, and he’s pretty excited about that!
DIY Kid’s Neck Warmer / Gaiter
What you need:
1/2 yard of fleece fabric with some stretch- probably could get away with less, but I always get some extra in case of an issue.
Measuring tape (something to measure with….I used a ribbon because I couldn’t find my measuring tape! )
What to do:
Choose your fleece fabric.
Measure around your kid’s head, from around the back of the head, over the nose (that is your long measurement)
Measure from their chest to their nose- double that. That is your shorter measurement.
Cut a rectangle, using your measurements. The long side will go with the stretchy part of the fabric, the shorter side with go with the less stretchy side of the fabric. You will be able to tell if you try to stretch both ways. This will allow for some stretch when pulling the gaiter over their head. Mine ended up being about 19 x 18 inches.
Fold right sides together long ways. (the right side is the side that you want on the outside when you are wearing it)
Sew the long edge of the rectangle with a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out. Fold in half short ways and sew down the raw edge side. This will create more of a square. Turn right side out. Trim seam if you want to. Done!
I absolutely realize that there are fancier and better ways to make these fleece neck warmers, but if you are short on time…like I always am with a newborn, this will work just fine!
This seriously took me about 10 minutes to make. It’s a tube and then a tube. I think you can do it!
If you are having a snow day…try this new tradition that we just started! Making Snow Ice Cream!! We are celebrating the snow with this delicious stuff! Soooo easy and sooo good!