Braided Fleece Ear Warmer Free Tutorial

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This braided fleece ear warmer is simple to make and a great variation of traditional ear warmers. With this easy to follow tutorial you’ll be able to make several in one sitting.
I love how sweet and easy this sewing tutorial is. I want to make a few of these in different colors.

Materials Needed:

1/4 yard of fleece. I used microfleece, but regular fleece, french terry, cuddle fleece, thermal knit, or any other knit fabric will work.

ribbon – any type, this will be used to turn the tubes and will not be in the finished ear warmer
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)


Cut 3 long strips of fleece 27″ by 3.5″ so that the greatest amount of stretch goes with the long edge.

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Fold each strip in half, right sides together, so that the long edges meet. To make it easier to turn, place a ribbon, about the same length as the strip, inside the folded fleece.

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Sew across the top of the folded tube, catching the end of the ribbon. Pivot at the corner, and sew down along the long edge. Be very careful not to sew over the ribbon at any point.

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Take hold of the loose end of the ribbon and pull. This will turn your tube right side out. Cut off about 1/2″ at the top to remove the ribbon. You can reuse the ribbon for each of the tubes, and then use it for another project.

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Rotate the tube so that the seam is in the center of the back. Repeat with the other two tubes. I gently steamed each tube to flatten it (be careful, fleece will melt with a hot iron!)

Line the tubes up on top of each other with the seam facing down. Pin the ends together. Braid the tubes together, being careful not to pull too tight or twist the tubes. When you get to the end, pin the three tubes together. Try on the ear warmer. The length given will fit a medium – large women’s head. If it is too big, simply trim off a bit at the end and repin.

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Overlap the two ends and stitch in place. Trim off the excess seam allowance. You can leave the ends as is, or cover it up with a fleece flower (free pattern here).

66braid ear warmer-6I love how sweet and easy this sewing tutorial is. I want to make a few of these in different colors.


Jess DeWit

Jess DeWit

Designer and Founder at Gracious Threads
Gracious Threads began as a place for Jess to share all the sewing she did for her friends and family. It soon grew, as other sewists shared her love for simple, practical clothing for kids. Jess lives with her husband and 3 children on their Canadian dairy farm.
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