Saturday, November 6, 2010

winter's coming: ear warmer tutorial

Welcome visitors who are hopping over from The Train to Crazy! (That is possibly the best blog name ever!) I hope you will poke around a little and be inspired to make at least one handmade gift this holiday season.  If you are a twelve crafts' reader, check out The Train to Crazy because Andrea is hosting Make it for Winter this entire month.

Winter's coming . . . I'm hoping it's not coming soon though!  Of course, you know that I've been preparing for winter for a while now with this:

With the help of some old sweaters, I'm adding a few ear warmers to our winter stash.  Add a little hook and loop to these and all the girls in our family (including this big girl) can wear the exact same ear warmers.  Woo hoo!  More options for all of us!

Adjustable Ear warmers

Here's what you need for the ear warmer:
~an old sweater or some fleece
~2 pieces of 2 to 3 inches of hook and loop

Here's what you need for the removable flower:
~various sizes of circles cut out from the sweater, fleece of other fabric
~follow this tutorial

Here's what you do for the adjustable ear warmer:
1)  Measure around the head of the largest head you want these to fit and cut that length by 6 inches wide from the sweater.

2)  Pin on one side of the two strips of hook and loop to the right side of the ear warmer about an inch from the long edge and the short edge.  Pin the other side of the hook and loop strips to the diagonal corner.  Sew strips on.  

3)  Fold sweater strip in half right sides together and pin.  Sew along long edge.  Turn.  Fold in ends and pin around entire perimeter.  Top stitch all the way around the strip.

5)  Make flower using circles and this tutorial.

Done!  The top picture is of my five year old wearing the ear warmer.  The bottom picture is of me wearing it.  It fits my two year old as well.  However, I couldn't get her to sit still long enough to take a picture.  She's an elusive little Monkey!

Go check out other ideas in Make it for Winter, and come back here later tonight for Stuff Your Stockings.

Craft on!

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Anonymous said...

These are great! Looks like we are on the same page, but I have been crocheting ours!

Patty said...

Great idea! I'll be making a set of these this weekend for sure! Would you mind if I mentioned this on my blog and linked back to you?

Amanda said...

I featured this post in my "Saturday Pattern Sharing" today! What a fantastic idea.

Unknown said...

Ooh, and I love that the velcro (I mean hook and loop...) means you don't have to have the weird hair stuff going on that happens sometimes when you have to stretch them over your head. I will definitely be making some of these from my recently freecycled sweaters!

Larri said...

Super cute, Elizabeth! I love the flower accents the best. :o) I have that pink/black knit fabric too! I made a dress for me with it. I'm going to look for some of the scraps and whip up one of these ear warmers. Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday! :o)

Debby said...

I love the ear warmers esp. with the flowers. I have to make some. Thanks.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is so cute!!! I love earwarmers - they are a little more versatile than hats and don't leave your hair all smooshed! :)

Anne said...

I love it!! I'm always needing something to keep my ears warm.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Jana said...

how fun! I love it!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Looks cozy and oh so cute!

Staci J said...

That is sooo darling Elizabeth! I think I could try this one:)
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Ash said...

So cute and warm! Can't wait to try making my own.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a cutie patootie...great tutorial!!!


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Cristie said...

What a fun idea! Ear warmers that look so cool. Thanks for sharing.

The Wool Acorn said...

Beautiful, my daughter would love these for Christmas!

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE this ear warmer idea!!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Great tutorial and pictures. I know several on my list that would love one of these.

4 Leaf Clever said...

I love this so much!!! Thank you for the tute! I am now a follower :)

Shannon said...

Great idea!

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Theresa Plas said...

How clever and chic! Great models too:)

Unknown said...

i NEED some war warmers! come on over and link up to MMM :)

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