So I did my due diligence when it came to getting organized in the New Year: I purged my closet of all the stuff that I didn’t wear. This included a comfy pair of Columbia fleece pants that were so unattractive my husband forbid me to wear them – anywhere! But, before they made it to the Goodwill truck, I snagged them back and made 5 neck warmers (gaiters) out of them.
To give you an idea of how easy this is, I made 2 of them at 9PM the night before we went skiing. Snip, stitch, snap!
So here are the horribly unflattering pants about to be upcycled into cozy neck warmers for the whole family…
Step 1. The quick and easy pattern. Cut a segment of the leg, twice the length you want the finished neck warmer to be. I went with 18″, which gave me a 9″ long neck warmer.
Step 2. If you want, dress it up with an applique or trim. Be sure to put whatever embellishment you add close to the bottom hem of the pant leg.
Step 3. Fold the top part into the inside of the pant leg so that the fabric is doubled. The cut edge will then be lined up inside with outer hem.
Step 4. Sew the ends together so that the hemmed pant bottom covers the cut edge. You don’t want the cut edge sticking out of the bottom of your neck warmer.
|This neck warmer made of recycled fleece, makes a great handmade gift idea!|