If you’re going to stick your neck out this Winter . . . make sure it’s wrapped with a cozy, Handmade Neck Warmer! Although, stylish and right on trend, neck coverings aren’t just for show, they’re a valuable source of body heat. From fleece to wool to flannel, the designs here are fun, quick, easy and perfect for any skill level.
Toasty Wool Neckwarmer
Wrap your neck in this stylish, lined, handmade neck warmer and your whole day will seem brighter! Designed by Linda Reynolds for the Craftsy blog, this luscious wrap is stitched from wool with a fleece lining. Linda suggests other fabric combinations and weights depending on the climate where you live. Perfect for Winter chills, this would be fabulous in lighter-weight fabrics as a Spring into Summer look. Secured with a statement button, the neckwarmer will wrap your neck best if the fabrics are cut on the bias. You’ll love Linda’s closure option suggestions, too. Click here for the Toasty Neck Warmer tutorial.
No Knit Cowl
We often think of a cowl or handmade neck warmer as a project to knit. But, M.E. of the We Can Make Anything blog cleverly shows us we can make a sweatery No Knit Cowl, too. You’ll be stitching M. E.’s lovely basic tube in soft sweater fabric and securing it with a snap. The beautiful button is just for looks, but you could add interfacing and create an actual buttonhole if you’d like. M.E. suggests a brilliant brooch as a fastener, too. Wouldn’t that be yummy?! This is a simple sew that could be made from an upcycled sweater as well as sweater yardage. There’s lots of easy possibility in the No Knit Cowl! Click here for the tutorial.
Upcycle Sweater Cowl
Since we’ve touched on upcycle, let’s look at the handmade neck warmer cowl designed by Beth of The Renegade Seamstress blog for eHow. Beth gives excellent tips on sewing with existing sweater fabric. You’ll learn how to finish sweater edges to prevent raveling using a serger or a sewing machine. This is a super simple cowl and a great upcycle idea. You’ll want to rush out and scoop up all the patterned sweaters at the thrift stores to give them new life! Click here for the Upcycle Sweater Cowl tutorial.
The Man Cowl
Okay, guys . . . this one’s for you! Or for sewing ladies to make for the man in their life. There’s no reason why men shouldn’t have stylishly warm necks, too and this cowl is perfect. Beth, guest blogger on Skip to My Lou, designed a quick manly cowl that you can easily make! Choose ½ yard of plaid, striped or solid cozy fabric and follow Beth’s excellent step-by-step images and details. Flannel or wool would be an excellent choice, but this handmade neck warmer would be handsome for the guys in fleece, too. Although it’s a quick and simple make, one can never have too much info and Beth does a great job! Click here for The Man Cowl tutorial.
With designs this fabulous, there’s no reason for you to risk your neck as the temperatures drop. Neck Warmers make wonderful gifts and you can easily stitch yourself and your family a whole wardrobe of yummy neck cozies. After all, if you’re going to be up to your neck in anything this Winter, it should be luscious, handmade neck warmers!