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Easy Ear Warmer Pattern

This Free Ear Warmer Pattern is perfect for both freezing cold or breezy and chilly days spent outside. The ear flaps keep your ears toasty warm and is a perfect solution for those that get headaches from the cold wind blowing in their ears.

Pdf pattern is available in 2 sizes and can be put together in just a few minutes!

free ear warmer pattern

The free ear warmer pattern comes in women and child sizes and has a printable pdf pattern that makes the project super quick and easy. It’s great with both fleece and lighter-weight knits. You’ll have a dozen whipped up in no time flat!

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Why Sew this Ear Warmer Pattern

When the weather is cold and windy, we can all use a bit of extra protection for our ears! Personally, I try to get out and walk in the late afternoon/evenings when it’s sunny out. The one thing I can’t deal with is the cold wind in my ears. Gives me a screaming headache every time!

  • This ear warmer pattern is the perfect solution for cold ears or headaches from the wind!
  • This free pattern can be made using both fleece or other stretch fabrics. So if you live in a super cold location, fleece may be what you want or if you are in a more temperate climate, a lighter-weight knit ear warmer may be all you need. (The snow photos were taken during the great Texas snowpocalypse of Feb 2021. It was so cold, we really needed fleece ear warmers!
  • It only takes about 15 minutes to whip up an ear warmer.
  • Even better, you only need about a fat quarter size amount of fabric. So it is a great scrap buster pattern and it is also a perfect craft to make and sell or give as gifts!
ear warmer pattern

Fabric Recommendations:

This particular ear warmer pattern was designed with a stretch knit in mind. 

Fabrics that work well with the ear warmer pattern is:

  • fleece with a bit of stretch
  • sweatshirt or French Terry fabric
  • light to medium weight knits

Tip: If you use a fabric with a significant amount of stretch, you may want to do a quick test fit before sewing the ends together. The extra stretchy fabric will require a more snug fit to account for the stretch. If this is the case, you can trim a smidge off of the ends to account for that extra stretch.

ear warmer pattern

I made a version out of very stretchy regular knit, because let’s face it, here in Texas we rarely need a heavy fleece earmuff. But I do often just need a little something to keep the wind out of my ears. Works perfectly!

ear warmer in knit fabric

Ear Warmer Sizing Info:

This free ear warmer pattern comes in two sizes. Youth and Ladies.

The youth should fit the average 5 to 11-year-old and the adult should fit an average woman. (There is always a possibility I might add a toddler and xl size in the future- but for now, I only have the 2 sizes.)

If you need something smaller or larger, the pattern is fairly easy to size up or down.

To reduce the smallest size, before cutting the pattern pieces, trim about a quarter of an inch off the end of the pattern marked “fold”. Then follow the sewing instructions, stopping right before you sew the ends together. Do a trial fit and trim a few millimeters off each end if needed. 

To size up the larger size, add an equal amount to both sides of the pattern. (You can refer to my hat sizing chart to get an idea of head sizes. Refer to the back of the head and forehead measurements for this pattern.)

fleece ear warmer

Pattern Information:

The ear warmer is designed with a headband-like fit in the front, but grows slightly larger towards the back and has small rounded “flaps” that cover the ears. Keeping them toasty warm and also blocking that pesky wind! (If you want a headband pattern without the ear flaps, this pattern is very similar to my stretchy headband pattern.)

The pattern comes with a built-in .25 inch seam allowance. (sorry, I hate wasting even the tiniest amount of fabric.) If you like to sew with a larger seam allowance, you can just add it in when cutting.

How Do I Get the Pattern?

Look below, under materials needed and follow the link to the product page in my shop.

Click the “add to cart” button. You will then be taken through the checkout process, where you will be prompted to enter a few pieces of information. (Don’t worry, the pattern is free, this is just how I distribute the download links automatically.)

After the check-out process is complete you will receive an email containing your download link. If you end up sewing an ear warmer with this pattern, please visit my private pattern group on Facebook and show off your creation!)

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How to Sew an Ear Warmer

Materials Needed

free ear warmer pattern

Ear Warmer Sewing Instructions

Seam allowances are included and are 1/4 inch unless otherwise stated.

Step 1:  Printing Pattern And Cutting Out Pattern Pieces.

Download pattern to your pc, open with Adobe Acrobat Reader (not the pdf reader in chrome.) Select auto landscape/portrait, scaling at 100% or actual size and print.

printing ear warmer pattern

Print pattern and check that the one-inch square printed at one inch.  

Cut out pattern, assemble and tape together.

Fold the fleece in half with stretch going side to side. Line pattern up on fold of fleece. 

Cut 2 headband pieces.

how to sew an ear warmer

Step 2: Assemble fleece ear warmer.

Line up the two ear warmer pieces, right sides together and sew a seam along the top and bottom. (Leaving the sides open.)

free ear warmer pattern

Flip fleece ear warmer right sides out.

fleece ear warmer

Pin the ends together as shown below.

sew the ear warmer ends together

Place ends under the sewing needle and sew together, twisting the edges as much as you go, as much as you can. 

ear warmer sewing instructions

You will be left with a small opening.

ear warmer tutorial

Sew opening closed with a hidden ladder stitch.

Step 3: Topstitch.

Topstitch around the top and bottom of the ear warmer and you are done!

free fleece ear warmer pattern
ear warmer sewing pattern

Don’t forget, if you end up making any of these easy Fleece Ear warmers, be sure to share you images over in my Facebook group or tag me on Instagram using #Scatteredmompatterns!

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Yield: 1 ear warmer

Easy Ear Warmer Pattern

free ear warmer pattern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Ear Warmer Pattern
  • Fleece
  • basic sewing supplies
  • Optional: Rotary cutter and cutting mat

Instructions

Step 1:  Printing Pattern And Cutting Out Pattern Pieces.

  1. Download pattern to your pc, open with Adobe Acrobat Reader (not the pdf reader in chrome.) Select auto landscape/portrait, scaling at 100% or actual size and print.
  2. Print pattern and check that the one-inch square printed at one inch.  
  3. Cut out pattern, assemble and tape together.
  4. Fold the fleece in half with stretch going side to side. Line pattern up on fold of fleece. 
  5. Cut 2 headband pieces.

Step 2: Assemble fleece ear warmer.

  1. Line up the two ear warmer pieces, right sides together and sew a seam along the top and bottom. (Leaving the sides open.)
  2. Flip fleece ear warmer right sides out.
  3. Pin the ends together as shown below.
  4. Place ends under the sewing needle and sew together, twisting the edges as much as you go, as much as you can. 
  5. You will be left with a small opening.
  6. Sew opening closed with a hidden ladder stitch.

Step 3: Topstitch.

  1. Topstitch around the top and bottom of the ear warmer and you are done!

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