I have some fun winter wear to share with you all today. A dressed-up coat, a fuzzy warm hat, and a pretty little handwarmer.
Below, I’ll share free patterns for the hat and handwarmer in three sizes!
And the coat is actually the Ruffled Cardigan from Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link), with a couple of easy modifications. I’m over at Melly Sews today sharing the details of the coat, along with the alterations I made as part of her Blank Slate Sewing Team. I’d love for you to come check it out. The coat turned out just beautiful, and there are some really gorgeous pictures of Ivy in it.
Come check it out HERE
I also made the dress, but that I’ll save for another day.
Today, I want to share the hat and the handwarmer I made to go along with Ivy’s dress coat.
I was so happy with how the coat turned out. I made it the same week I watched the entire fifth season of Downton Abby, and I was heavily influenced by the costuming in the series. I wanted to make Ivy a classic winter look, so designed a simple hat and handwarmer to go along with the dressy coat. Using a lush faux cuddle fur, the accessories are incredibly soft, and very warm.
After our shoot, my hands were freezing but Ivy’s were totally toasty. In fact, I actually wrapped one of my hands in her still-warm handwarmer for the drive home!
The handwarmer hangs around the neck (so please use caution when using with a child, if you make this). I used a fancy velvet brocade ribbon for the dressed up handwarmer.
Ivy loved the dressy set so much, that I made her a second set to go with her casual winter coat. She loves these things, asking for them before she goes outside every time now. The second handwarmer, I used the same cuddle fur for the outer, but did a simple ribbon, tied at the back for the handwarmer.
And I lined both in her favorite Little Pony fabric that I bought as a bribe to keep her happy in Jo-Ann one day. We were both happy that I finally found a use for it.
And apparently I forgot to trim the threads in the lining, as I look at that picture. The handwarmer and hat are both fully lined, with no seams or stitch lines at all on the outside. I have patterns in three sizes for 12 months- 6 years for you! Get the patterns by clicking the image below, and read the rest of the post for the full tutorials.
(note: pattern is hosted on Craftsy, of which I am an affiliate.)
For one hat and one handwarmer, you will need:
1/2 yard of fabric of each: main/outer fabric, lining
1/4 yard of heavyweight interfacing
1.5 yard of ribbon (if doing tied straps for handwarmer) OR 1 yard of ribbon (if doing looped strap for handwarmer)
ALL DRESSED UP HAT
a round cap, fully lined
Cut out your fabric as directed on the pattern.
1 Hat top for each: lining and main
1 hat side CUT ON FOLD for each: lining, main and (optional) interfacing*
Fold the outer Hat Side in half, right sides together, lining up raw edges. Sew along the short side (center back)
Pin or clip the Hat Top to the Hat Side, right sides together. Match the triangular notch of the Hat Top with the center front of the Hat Side, and the square notch of the Hat Top with the center back of the Hat Side.
Sew all along the curve.
**If you are using interfacing, baste or adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining. The lining and the interfacing will be treated as one piece from here on out, and only referred to as the “lining”.**
Sew the Hat Side Lining, right sides together, along the center back, LEAVING A 2-3 INCH GAP FOR TURNING
Attach the Hat Top Lining to the Hat Side Lining the same way that the main fabrics were sewn.
You should now have two hat shells made of the main/outer fabric and the lining
With the lining right side out, and the main wrong side out, nest the hat shells in one another, matching center front and center back, and pin along the circular raw edge.
Sew the circular raw edge completely around the circumference of the hat
Turn the hat right side out through the gap in the lining’s center back seam.
Pull the lining out, and find the gap in the center seam.
Sew the gap closed. You can handstitch this, if you want a polished look. Or just topstitch it closed if you are lazy, like me.
Push the lining back up into the hat and…
Except you’re not, because you need to make a handwarmer, right!?
ALL DRESSED UP HANDWARMER
Traditionally called a “muff”, this handwarmer is a fully lined tube that hangs around the neck and falls about the same area as a pocket
Cut out your fabric as directed on pattern
1 Each of the main/outer fabric, lining and interfacing.
If you doing a tied-back strap, cut the ribbon into TWO equal length strips.
OR if doing a looped strap, measure around the neck of the child, to where you want the handwarmer to hit (just above the belly button), cut one inch longer than that measurement
Cut one inch off either end of your interfacing and lining (the long ends)
(I didn’t cut my interfacing shorter on mine, but wished I had later)
Baste or adhere your lining to the wrong side of main fabric, centering the interfacing so that it is one inch in on either side, and matching short raw edges.
Baste the ribbon in place.
Make sure the loose ribbon stays tucked into the tube, out of the seam allowance.
Fold the lining in half “hamburger style”, right sides togther. Sew along the matched up short ends (not the folded ends), leaving a 3-4 inch gap for turning.
Now, this part is a bit confusing, so stick with me. We’re going to sew the lining in, so that there are no seams or stitch lines visible on the outside of the handwarmer. To do this, you need to keep both lining and main tubes wrong side out, but match up one end’s tube opening of each, right sides together.
And then you are going to sew all the way around that circular edge.
And then repeat for the other openings on both tubes. Make sure not to twist either tube. When you are done with both openings, things should look like this:
Now turn the whole thing out through the gap you left in the lining.
Close the turning gap up by either hand stitching closed (for a cleaner look), or topstitching (because it’s super fast and easy)
Trim the ribbons on the tied-strap option to desired length, after measuring on child. And done!
My football-obsessed six year old son was super excited about the handwarmers. He’s seen similar designs used to keep quarterbacks’ hands warm during games, only worn on a belt around the waist. I have now been commissioned to make him one for his upcoming spring flag football season. I was also thinking it would be fun to sew a little hidden pocket on the lining, for a little special surprise. Lots of fun options with such a simple item!
Now, don’t forget to come see the coordinating Ruffled Coat over at Melly Sews