As we prepared for our "Winter Wonderland" trip over the Christmas break we took stock of what warm clothes and accessories we needed. The kids needed long underwear and I...needed a neck gaiter to keep warm on the slopes!
Fortunately for me, I had ordered a little bit extra wool from Imagine Gnats and used it to make myself a double sided wool neck gaiter. Fortunately for the kids, after our ski trip, I still had a tiny bit more wool and was able to pair it with some ponte from Imagine Gnats to make them each one as well...
These are really rather easy to make...it's essentially just sewing two tubes together.
To start, I cut two rectangular pieces of fabric ~17" x ~21"
Next, sew short sides right sides facing together with a 1/4" seam allowance, repeat with your other fabric. Now you have two tubes of fabric. Place one tube inside the other with the right sides together. Align the seams and raw edges and sew a 1/4" seam allowance along one side. Pull tubes out so that the right sides are facing out.
Tuck one tube inside the other with wrong sides facing...
Now, here comes the somewhat tricky part. It's a bit fiddly, and difficult to explain but...I'll do my best...Keeping the "body" of the tubes wrong sides facing pull/flip the remaining raw edges out/around so that they are actually right sides facing (align the seam together) and sew slowly around (being careful to only sew the edges not the body of the gaiter!) leaving about a 2" hole. Flip everything back around where it ought to be. Press the seams at the top and bottom of the gaiter and sew up the remaining hole. I simple machine stitched it, but you can use a slip stich/blind stitch if you want an invisible closure.
Now you've got a nice and long and warm neck gaiter to pull over your head and snuggle in to...
It's nice that it's a bit narrow and long...because it stays snug against your face and chin.
It's length allows you to pull it up over your nose (or your eyes if need be!)
And, it's reversible...which is always nice, but especially nice when you are talking about breathing into something during freezing cold, snowy weather!
The wool keeps us nice and toasty too!