Adorable DIY Ear Warmers

How gorgeous are these ear warmers?? I love all the different styles you can make from one tute as well. When I spied these on Delia Creates I just had to beg Delia to share the DIY with you, and lucky us, she agreed! Take it away Delia:

With autumn here and winter right around the corner, it is the perfect time to make these easy ear warmers! These are so fun and quick to make, you may want to make four…like I did! All it takes is an old wool sweater or 1/4 yard of fleece, scissors, thread, and a sewing machine. Pretty simple. For this one I used an old wool sweater that got ruined in the wash and became semi-felted.

For this one I added some pleats up the side and added some flowers.

For this one I used a sleeve off an old thermal knit shirt.

And this one is fleece with a matching knit fabric sewn over it and a nice pretty recycled knit bow.

You’re so excited now right?  And can’t you see some cute mini-ear warmers for your tot?  You could totally make a boy version too.  Check out the full Ear Warmer DIY after the jump, and also visit Delia over at Delia Creates for a lot of other amazing tutes!

And remember to leave Delia a comment, because this week’s favorite commenter wins those gorgeous embroidery patterns pictured up on the left!

DIY Ear Warmers

The idea is pretty simple. You start with a piece of felted wool or fleece cut to these measurements:

Taper the ends to an ending width of about 1 1/2 inches wide.

Add pleats if you so desire. Go here for more information on that.

Fold the sides under and sew.

Add a button hole and a button at the ends.

My button hole skills need work but as you can see I just make a rectangle with a zig zag stitch and then cut a slit in the middle of that rectangle.

Embellish to your hearts delight.

For this wool ear warmer I cut randomly shaped flowers, stacked them, and then placed them cascading to one side.

I simply hand sewed each stack of flowers right through the center and pulled it tight so the flowers would pucker up a bit.

I used the same technique for the other two flowered ear warmers; but also added a few extra hidden stitches to the thermal knit one to hold the large flower in place so it wouldn’t flop around.

The bow is done similarly but with a lot of hidden hand sewn stitches at the back of the bow. I made about 10 doubled up stitches at the back of this one. I would just do one stitch, go through twice or more, knot it off and then move onto the next one.

All done.

These are a great gift…I myself, am making some for family this Christmas…and they very inexpensive. If you can’t recycle an old sweater for free, you can purchase the fleece for about $1 since you will only need at the most 1/4  yard. Got to love that.

First off, this is an adorable DIY right?  And second off, could Miss Delia herself be any cuter??  I love this!  Let her know what you think in the comments!  it will make her feel good, and it could also win you this week’s surprise prize!




I made mine like the grey one and LOVE it! I wear it every chance I get. It is so adorable and so fashionable, everyone thinks I bought it! I love when I get to tell them that I made for about two dollars in less than ten minutes 🙂

Sugar Shack Studios

I just found this on Pinterest ~ absolutely adorable, a great upcycle, so many ways to do it, there's just a millions things to love about it! Delia is clearly as adorable as well – thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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victorious stitches

I am loving the ear warmers. My church is having a women conference later this month;and I plan on having a table to sell my items. The ear warmers will be apart of my items. Thank you Delia, I’m always looking for new things to make.


how darling these are girlfriend….i too have made some for the raider’s/49er’s game and sell in the parking lots before the games..of course that gives me GAS funds…all helps….i’m 64yrs young and been sewing since age 9…do keep up the good works and GREAT IDEAS….


This is so cute!!! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one for my daughter and I did – in just 1 hour. What an awesome and easy tutorial and it is so cute!!! Now I am going to make some for myself and my nieces also. Thanks for the tutorial!!!


Might be late to the game, but just fell in love with the grey one. Trying a heavy purple wool felt right now on that one… just adorable.

Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this one!

Marjorie Lipsey

I will definitely be making several of these. The shape will definitely work better than any other I have seen. But I will be adding some elastic to make a snug fit.

Esther Carr

My daughter turned me onto these ear warmers – your creativeness really shows in getting these up a step.
Absolutely chic. I’ll be spending December with my son in Florida, and am putting this on my list of
“to do’s”! Thank you so much for sharing – I’m not creative, but I can follow instructions.

God bless you! ec


Simply enchanting, Adorning one of these on a cold winter day would brighten the day and lift spirits! Well done!

Rachel Chung

These are the most adorable earmuffs ever!!! I can’t wait to get started on gifts for all my female relatives for Christmas. Genius!


This is precious. Thrifty and I always love re-using items to make them something new. My imagination is going wild, as I have an embroidery shop! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.


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