Monday, September 17, 2018

Easy-Peasy Neck Gaiter Pattern

Looking ahead to Christmas, here’s an inexpensive ($2.25), simple gift to sew for the outdoor enthusiast. Yes, Christmas is still 99 days away, but I refuse to put things off and get rushed at the last minute!

A neck gaiter is like a scarf except it’s not bulky, and it doesn’t come unwound when you’re sledding, jogging, or shoveling snow.


  • ¼ yard 45” or wider fleece fabric. As I type this, Joann fabric store has their Blizzard fleece on sale for $4.49/yard, making this gift only $1.13 plus tax and any thread you might need.
  • Sewing machine
  • A needle
  • Thread to match the fabric
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Maybe some pins but fleece is so easy to sew that pins aren’t really necessary.

6 Easy-Peasy Steps:

1. Cut two rectangles of fabric 22.5 X 9 inches.
That's the whole pattern right there. Totally easy-peasy!

2. Stack one rectangle on top of the other with the edges all lined up. If your fabric has a right side (most fleeces do not, yet another easy-peasy feature of this project), place right sides together. Pin them together if it tickles your fancy, but it’s not necessary.

3. With a ½ inch seam allowance, sew along each long side, but not the short sides. Use a zigzag stitch. If your sewing machine complains about sewing through the thick material, make your stitches longer, and that should help.
A zigzag stitch has "give," so the thread won't break when you pull the gaiter over your head.

4. Now you have a tube. Turn it right side out.

5. Fold the tube so that the tube's unfinished ends are together. Being careful to sew through only two layers of fabric (not four), sew the tube together starting with the sides that touch each other like in my highly calibrated (ahem!) drawing:
Sew tube ends together, two layers of fabric (not all four).
You’ll get to a point where the fabric is all bunched up, and you can’t sew anymore unless you could magically jump inside the tube. Stop sewing. You’ll have about a 2-inch hole left.

6. Tuck in the raw edges of the 2-inch hole, and hand sew it closed. (I just used a small whip stitch.)

The finished neck gaiter will be 10.75 inches wide and 8 inches tall. It’s a good fit for a medium-to-large adult.
Sized for a medium-to-large adult.
If you are making a neck gaiter for a younger teen or a petite adult, cut two rectangles 19.5 X 7 inches, and you’ll end up with a finished size of 9.25 inches wide and 6 inches tall.

This is what the neck gaiter looks like when complete (and right after your BFF unwraps his or her Christmas gift):
The finished neck gaiter right after Dear Husband opened his gift last Christmas.Who gets a homemade neck gaiter this year? Mum's the word!

Today's feature photo is the neck gaiter in action on a cold day. On a not-as-cold day, DH can scrunch the gaiter down under his chin.

Make this day even better! Consider:

  • If you want to green-up this project, look for a fleece jacket at the thrift store. You can repurpose the material. Don't get a nice jacket that someone might need. Get a jacket with a broken zipper or frayed cuffs. Used fleece will be kind of floppy, and you might need to add another seam to have enough fabric for two 22.5 X 9 inch rectangles, but it’ll still be warm and easy to sew, and you’ll keep an unwanted garment out of the landfill.


  1. Can't wear gaiters in Florida, but I'm going to add this to my projects book. I can make these for my friends who live up north. I like easy projects. Thank you Priscilla. :)

    1. Gaiters ("gators") in Florida, hahaha! Thanks for making me laugh, Nil, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hey, that's pretty cool! And very easy to do, too. Thanks for the pattern! :)

    1. Thanks, H.L., and you're welcome! Glad you popped in.:-)


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