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Braided Fleece Ear Warmer

By: Jess DeWit from fleecefun.com
Braided Fleece Ear Warmer
Braided Fleece Ear Warmer
This image courtesy of fleecefun.com

"This braided fleece ear warmer is simple to make and a great variation of traditional ear warmers. With this easy to follow tutorial you’ll be able to make several in one sitting."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byEither Hand or Machine

Easy

Materials List

  • 1/4 yard of fleece. I used microfleece, but regular fleece, french terry, cuddle fleece, thermal knit, or any other knit fabric will work.
  • Ribbon – any type, this will be used to turn the tubes and will not be in the finished ear warmer Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Cut 3 long strips of fleece 27" by 3.5" so that the greatest amount of stretch goes with the long edge.

  2. Fold each strip in half, right sides together, so that the long edges meet. To make it easier to turn, place a ribbon, about the same length as the strip, inside the folded fleece.

  3. Sew across the top of the folded tube, catching the end of the ribbon. Pivot at the corner, and sew down along the long edge. Be very careful not to sew over the ribbon at any point.

  4. Take hold of the loose end of the ribbon and pull. This will turn your tube right side out. Cut off about 1/2" at the top to remove the ribbon. You can reuse the ribbon for each of the tubes, and then use it for another project.

  5. Rotate the tube so that the seam is in the center of the back. Repeat with the other two tubes. I gently steamed each tube to flatten it (be careful, fleece will melt with a hot iron!)

  6. Line the tubes up on top of each other with the seam facing down. Pin the ends together. Braid the tubes together, being careful not to pull too tight or twist the tubes. When you get to the end, pin the three tubes together. Try on the ear warmer. The length given will fit a medium – large women’s head. If it is too big, simply trim off a bit at the end and repin

  7. Overlap the two ends and stitch in place. Trim off the excess seam allowance. You can leave the ends as is, or cover it up with a fleece flower (free pattern here).

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