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DIY Fleece Ear Warmer Headband Tutorial and Free Pattern

Few years ago I got a wonderful gift – a fleece ear warmer that kept me warm during the cold winter days. I loved it as it kept my ears as warm as my body, and I could still wear a ponytail. It’s made of soft fleece and is really comfortable and stylish so I decided I need few more. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find exactly the style and color combo I wanted, so I decided to make my own.

Here is how to make a fleece ear warmer headband which is great for the winter

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make an ear warmer headband

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How To Sew a Fleece Ear Warmer Hearband

Watch the diy ear warmer video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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Ear Warmer Headband VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP 1: Download and print the ear warmer pattern

Download the template above (it’s completely free for our email subscribers) and print it out. It consists of two pieces. Trim the excess paper and tape both pieces together as shown. The seam allowance is 1/4″ and is already included in the fleece headband pattern

STEP 2: Cut the fleece fabric

Fold fabric in half and place ear warmer pattern on the fold. Pin the pattern to the fabric or use pattern weights to keep it in place, then carefully cut according to the pattern. Unfold the first piece.

Repeat the same for the second piece

TIP: As always I recommend pre-washing your fabric so you can get rid of any possible shrinkage later.

STEP 3: Layer pieces

Place pieces on top of each other, right sides facing and pin them together.

STEP 4: Sew long edges

Sew the long edges, leave 1 inch gaps on either side so you can turn the tube inside out later.

STEP 5: Turn the tube

Turn tube halfway, match short ends and pin them together. Make sure you are matching the side seams as well.


Stitch around the short raw ends, about 1/4 inch from the edge. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.

STEP 7: Turn around

Turn right side out through the seam gap you left earlier.

Push out the seams using your fingers. Go around the whole thing and push them as well as possible.

STEP 8: Pin the gap

Fold in the raw edges and pin them in place.

STEP 9: Stitch the gap

You can either handsew or machine sew the gap closed. If you want to go faster, use your machine and stitch as close to the edge as possible.

If you are handstitching – use a ladder (invisible stitch) to close the opening of the ear warmer.


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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 18 comments
jess jannenga - February 15, 2021

What a great color in the lilac! I just hate it when my ears hurt from the cold, this would do it!
thanks for linking!
jess xx

    Helen - February 16, 2021

    Thank you so much, Jess. I love it. As much as I like bright and fun colors, my boys love dark and subdued. Oh, the irony of life 🙂

Michele Morin - February 19, 2021

These are lovely and so functional.

Elaine Bruno - February 19, 2021

Thank you, but I’m a little confused. The instructions above say that the SA IS included, but the PDF says the SA IS NOT included. Please advise which is correct. Thank you.

    Helen - February 20, 2021

    Hey Elaine, the SA is included in the pattern (even on the version that says they are not). I’ve just updated the wording in the PDF file – apologies for the confusion.
    If you’ve already printed the pattern, use it as it is – it was just the wording that was incorrect

Naush Samama - February 20, 2021

Oh wow !! Lovely headband. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

    Helen - February 20, 2021

    Thank you so much, Naush! You are so kind – I appreciate it

chickenruby - February 21, 2021

I must try this, looks more comfy than ear muffs.
Thanks for linking with #pocolo Please do visit some of the other posts linked up and leave a comment or two each week.

Laurie - February 21, 2021

Super practical! I have one of these and it is very warm. It’s fun to make it yourself!

Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!


Shelbee on the Edge - February 24, 2021

These are so cute! I always forget how warm fleecy headbands and ear warmers can be. I need some of these for my winter wardrobe! Thanks for linking with us!


Mary - October 13, 2021

Great video tutorial! I will be using this pattern. Thanks!

MrsSW - October 30, 2021

Hi Helen, is the fleece a stretchy fabric?


rita Garner - December 12, 2022

I am unable to open the PDF pattern of the fleece ear warmer. I have not had issues in the past with your patterns. Did something change with this one! I love your patterns and appreciate that you offer them and instructions.

    Helen - December 13, 2022

    I have certainly not changed anything, but the browsers and the tool I’m using to show the patterns have evolved and there might be huccups here and there.
    You should also get the pattern by email. Did you check there?
    If not – try a different browser (chrome, firefox, opera) or a different device (phone, pc). Your browser may be blocking the pop-up form from showing

Polly - December 13, 2022

Thank you for ear warmer & beanie patterns. Made about 30 of them to give to the Salvation Army to hand out to the less fortunate and homeless thanks to your free patterns ?

    Helen - December 14, 2022

    Reading this makes my heart sing! You are a wonderful human being, Polly! I’m sure your gifts are well appreciated

Daphne - December 15, 2022

These are going to be great gifts to whip up this weekend during a snowstorm! Thank you! You don’t happen to have toddler and child sized patterns for them do you?

    Helen - December 19, 2022

    Hi Daphne, I’m glad you find this useful. No I don’t have a child sized pattern for this but you can play with the pattern and reduce the length to fit, keeping the curved parts


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