Make Your Own Neck Gaiter

This one is easy. Real easy. With a machine you can whip it together in less than 15 minutes. By hand is a touch longer. It’s a good project for little ones to help with, or if you’re still not too sure about your sewing skills. This was one of the first things I learned to make.

This is probably a dollar or two to make- cheaper still if you’re using remnants of another project. You can do whatever color or pattern you want to match the rest of your gear.

I love these things for campus and hiking. I just pull it up over my ears and right up to the bottom of my eyes. I can breathe through it and it’s reeeeeeally soft on cold cheeks.

If you are so inclined, add a drawstring to the top and it will double as a hat. Pretty cool, eh?

Materials needed:

  • Polyester fleece (13″ X 23″)
  • Polyester Thread


On this one it’s important to have the stretch in the right direction. If it isn’t the gaiter will be a little uncomfortable.

Cut the fleece as shown.

1. Sew the top with about a 3/4 to 1″ fold.

2. Repeat with the bottom.

3. Sew the edges together so all seams are on the inside. Turn right side out to wear.

Congratulations! You just made a neck gaiter!

Questions? Comments? Dirty Remarks? e-mail me!

Just made one for my
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 2011-01-31 21:48.
Just made one for my husband. He loves it!!!

gaiter for glasses
Submitted by mom2daad (not verified) on Sun, 2010-12-05 23:58.
My dad is in his late 50’s, It’s been 9 years since he had a Quadruple Bypass and 3 years since a kidney-pancreas transplant – He walks several miles daily and is very active despite the wear and tear 30 years of Diabetes had on his body…Anyway, He had something like this that he bought at a sporting goods store, but complained that it kept fogging up his glasses. I made a Gaiter, partially following your directions, but sewed a folded pipe cleaner into the hem(I folded it in half and twisted it back upon itself to create a little heavier gauge wire) and shaped it so it would conform to his nose better under his glasses…kinda like the metal piece that’s in surgical masks for the same purpose. Got some 20 g floral wire and gonna try making some more for gifts…

thank you.
Submitted by Bonita (not verified) on Tue, 2009-12-08 20:42.
thank you for your idea.It worked great.Its nice of you for sharing it with others.

Neck Gaiters for our soldiers
Submitted by Sgt. Carlos’ aunt Mary (not verified) on Sun, 2009-11-01 20:06.
Operation Gratitude is starting their Holiday Drive to ship care packages to soldiers all over the world. Individuals and groups can help them by making the neck gaiters shown above and crocheting and knitting neck scarves among other ways to donate items. Check out or THis organizations had been sending care packages twice a year since the Iraq war started. Hope you will help.

I set out to use your
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2009-02-22 21:21.
I set out to use your pattern to make a gaiter with a drawstring (but didn’t for a variety of reasons). But what I discovered, is that I prefer to do the side seam first (#3 seam) then the “hems” (#1 & 2 seams) to get the fabric to lie better after you’ve sewn across them. Also, I think that sewing order works better for adding a drawstring, even if a drawstring is an afterthought, because you wouldn’t have to start/stop the string at the seam since you wouldn’t be able to thread the string through the sewn #3 seam.

Thanks for posting this! I
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2009-02-03 19:53.
Thanks for posting this! I made one for myself and my best friend! šŸ™‚

Neck Gaiter Eagle Project
Submitted by EJ (not verified) on Sun, 2008-11-16 00:50.
Hello Im new to the whole commenting bit…. but I must thank Uberpest, so I’ll give it a try. Uberpest I just finished one piece of my Eagle Scout Project which involved making Neck Gaiters for the military. I successfully made 301 Neck Gaiters from 40 yds of fabric and thanks to your ingenuity 301 of our Armed Forces will be receiving Neck Gaiters in Christmas packages this year. Thank you Uberpest, I and surely many others are in your debt. Respectfully, EJ

Wonderful project!! Thank
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2010-11-20 10:11.
Wonderful project!! Thank you so much for helping out our men and women overseas. My dad, and many others appericate it.

Neck Gaiters made easy!
Submitted by Jennifer T (not verified) on Mon, 2008-01-28 13:18.
I had decided to make my own neck gaiters, then found this website. I was glad to see the design basically mirrored the one I had in my head, but I found this design to be a bit better. Specifically in creating a lip on the edge of the fabric – that helps hold the fleece in place on my face/head better. Thanks a bunch! Ever think of creating a pattern for ear-warmers? I’m thinking of the kind that wrap around your forehead to the back of your head, covering your ears but not messing up your hair.

I have the pattern for those
Submitted by uberpest on Mon, 2008-01-28 21:11.
I have the pattern for those as well as a fleece hat and mittens in my head. It’s just a matter of having the time to beta test the pattern and then publish it. Thanks for reminding me!

Submitted by AuntCori (not verified) on Sun, 2010-11-14 05:53.
Anything further on the fleece hat and mittens idea from ’08?

I’m still working on those.
Submitted by uberpest on Thu, 2010-11-25 22:41.
I’m still working on those. My day job and other hobbies have pushed several projects for the site to the back burner. šŸ™

more patterns
Submitted by Jennifer T (not verified) on Sun, 2008-02-17 14:48.
Awesome, I look forward to seeing the patterns for the fleece hat & mittens!