Learn how to make a gift for kids with a free ear warmer sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is comfortable because of the shaping.
My kids have seen my wearing my ear warmers that I made myself last year (with my free adult ear warmer sewing pattern), and they’ve been begging for their own. They love keeping their ears warm without wearing a full hat. It works really well underneath their coat hoods.
This ear warmer sewing pattern works with lots of different stable knit fabrics and the shaped curve perfectly covers the ears. It comes in sizes toddler, child, and teen. I designed a special lining that doesn’t show when the ear warmer is being worn!
What fabric works for an ear warmer?
This shaped ear warmer is great because you can use a variety of knit fabric for the outside like french terry, fleece, and sweatshirt fabric. As long as the knit is thicker fabric with a little bit of stability vertically it will work.
The lining fabric can be the same as the outer fabric, but I also like used jersey knit fabric like double brushed poly or cotton spandex jersey. I like having a smooth fabric inside that is soft on the kids hair.
What is a pdf sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
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Free Ear Warmer Sewing Pattern
- Free ear warmer sewing pattern for kids – get it at the end of the post
- 1/8 yard medium weight knit fabric with at least 25% stretch like sweatshirting, French terry, or polar fleece
- 1/8 yard lightweight knit like cotton spandex or rayon jersey spandex for the lining
- Optional: 1 inch button or plastic snaps
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and photo tutorial for just $5. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.
Cut out one ear warmer piece from the heavier outer knit fabric. Match the stretch lines. Cut out one ear warmer lining from the lightweight knit fabric.
With right sides together match up the two long sides. Match up the curved shape. The lining is thinner than the ear warmer so you have to be very careful about lining up the edges.
Sew both long sides with a 3/8 inch seam allowance with either a zigzag stitch or a serger. The ear warmer curves towards the lining because the lining is smaller.
Turn the ear warmer right side out and poke out the curves.
Press the ear warmer flat. Be careful with polyester fabric so it doesn’t get melted from the heat.
The lining is smaller so the front fabric with naturally pull towards the back which will hide the lining.
Fold the ear warmer in half with right sides together and match the short seams. There are four layers of fabric.
Sew a 3/8 inch seam with a zigzag stitch along the back. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.
Turn the ear warmer right side out.
You finished and your kids’ ears will never be cold again!
Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather