I designed this drawstring neck-warmer because I decided to finally beat winter this year. I haven’t needed too many layers with these unusually warm temperatures we’re experiencing and I’m not complaining. Still, as a proud former Girl Guide, I like to be prepared. This is the second generation of a more masculine neck piece I made for Donatello last year.
There are some elements in the first version that I loved, such as the fleece lining and the snap closures. I also modified other features with Donatello’s guidance, after he battled one icy winter with it. This version has a drawstring closure that can secure it high on your face during a storm and a tapered bottom edge is more comfortable to wear around your shoulders.
For the natural tapered edge, I used the lower back portion of an old wool flannel shirt. It is not mandatory to use a shirt, but it saves you from measuring out the symmetrical bottom edge. Enjoy your drawstring neck-warmer for the next big winter storm!
Flannel and Fleece Drawstring Neck-Warmer
White fleece, 80 cm x 45cm
Wool flannel, 80 cm x 45cm (taken from the bottom, back edge of a shirt
1m white cord, 4mm thick
One wooden bead, 1.5cm diameter
One medium safety pin
Height at front: 37cm
Height at back: 28cm
- Measure and cut out fleece and flannel to same size, as indicated above. Prepare your sewing machine with white thread and a straight, medium length stitch.
- To make the drawstring casing: On the longer, straight edge of the fleece (this will be the inside top of the finished product), fold over approximately 3cm of the top edge. Using white thread, stitch approximately 2.5cm from the top in a medium-length stitch.
- Wrong sides out, lay the fleece over the flannel, line up the edges and pin together.
- Sew together the two pieces of fabric at the top long edge and the bottom tapered edge using a 0.5cm seam allowance. The result will be a long tube.
- Start turning the tube inside out, stopping half way so that the wrong sides are still out but the tube is half as short and all four un-hemmed edges are lined up. The like fabrics should be touching (flannel lines up with flannel, fleece lines up with fleece). Pin like fabrics together, leaving a 10cm opening in the white fleece portion.
- Sew around the pinned opening, leaving the 10cm hole open. Remove pins and pull whole piece inside out through the hole.
- Fold the edges of the hole inward, pin, and hand stitch it closed.
- In the back of the drawstring casing, cut two small holes approximately 0.5cm wide. See placement of holes below, where the cord leaves the neck-warmer.
9. Anchor the holes by stitching at either end of each cut, like a button hole.
10. Pin the safety pin to the end of the white cord. Insert it into one of the holes. Work the safety pin and cording through the casing. Pull the safety pin through the opposite hole.
11. Thread two ends of cord through wooden bead and tie a knot at the end of each piece of loose cord.