By Noreen Doll.
There are many kinds of gifts to keep warm, and many of them are made of fleece.
One of the nicest things about sewing with fleece is that you don’t have to finish edges to keep them from raveling – as fleece doesn’t ravel.
Fleece is not only easy to sew with, but it washes nicely and dries quickly. And it definitely makes gifts to keep warm in
Fleece is often on sale, and there are lots of smaller things you can make with fleece remnants – either your own remnants or those you buy.
Make lots of gifts to keep warm this winter.
Warm Covers for blankets, snuggles, cloaks, ponchos, and capes.
Ice/Snow Scraper Hand Mitt
Make this wonderful ice/snow scraper hand mitt for everyone who lives where it’s cold!
Knitted Ice Scraper Mitts
If you like to knit, here is another version of ice scraper mitts.
For great ways to decorate your projects, stitch on colorful ribbons or appliques, or stencil a design.
You can use these trim ideas on mittens, hats, scarves, blankets, cloaks and many other projects.
This fleece flower would be a great idea as an embellishment for any of these projects.
Fleece Flower Pin
This fleece flower pin can be sewn onto a scarf or hat, or used as a pin.
Some of these ideas talk about felted wool. I’ve added a couple of links about felted wool, in case you are interested in making it.
How to Felt Sweaters
To learn how to felt sweaters and other knitted items, see this article.
For more information on felting items, see these feltmaker’s links.
A felt cowboy hat – All You Need to Know about the perfect symbol of North American cowboy culture.
Bell Scarves, Hats and Mittens
You could very easily add bells to any of the warm scarves, hats, or mittens you make yourself.
Gifts to Keep Warm – for Hands and Feet
Warmers for Gloves
Very clever idea for warmers for gloves or mittens. Stitch this warmer of felt and stuff with rice. Heat in microwave while inside your gloves.
Make some easy hand warmers to tuck in your pockets on very cold days.
Pocket Hand Warmer
Sew a pocket hand warmer, using old denim jeans fabric.
Rice Bag Foot Warmer
Stitch a foot warmer with a removable rice bag for heating in the microwave.
Make bedwarmers out of old jeans and fill them with rice to warm in the microwave.
Lavender Heating Pad
Create a rice filled lavender heating pad with a lavender scent.
Rice Buddies or Pocket Packs
Use these rice buddies for keeping warm. Stitch from fleece and fill with rice to microwave. Make 18 inches long or small squares, or any size in between.
Fleece Hot-Water Bottle Bag
Stitch a couple of seams to make a bag for a fleece hot-water bottle bag. Quick, easy and warm.
Holiday Gifts to Keep Warm
Fleece Santa Scarf
Make this easy, super cute fleece Santa scarf for Christmas.
This festive fleece snowman scarf has a snowflake and a snowman appliqued on the ends. (The link is gone, but the idea would be easy.)
Very cute snowman hat for kids to wear, it is made with white fleece.
Snowman and Snowflake Mittens
Make the appliques with felt or fleece. It would be very easy to add these to the back of snowman fleece mittens.
Head Warmers – Gifts to Keep Warm
Fabulous Fur Headband
Make this fabulous fur headband in about 5 minutes using fake fur.
Fleece Head Wrap
Cut and stitch this quick, easy fleece head wrap.
Make these quick and easy polar fleece earwarmers for everyone on your gift list.
You can make an ear warmer from a fleece scrap. And look at the clever ideas for adding an embellishment – also using fleece scraps, or other materials.
Sew baby beanies from an old sweater to keep a tot’s head nice and warm.
Quick Fleece Hat has one seam.
Whimsical Fleece Hats for Kids
These whimsical fleece hats look nice and warm.
Really fast and easy to make fleece hat, it requires only 1 seam. Gather and tie the top to make a pom.
Fleece Hat with Ear Flaps
Stitch this fleece hat with ear flaps to keep the recipient nice and warm.
Scarf into Hat
Here’s an easy way to make a cute, warm hat from a scarf you no longer use.
Hat from Sweater
Use this easy idea to stitch a warm hat from an unused sweater.
Recycled Hat from Sweater
This recycled hat from a sweater uses the ribbed bottom sweater edge for the bottom of the cap.
Another Recycled Hat from a Sweater
This recycled hat from a sweater is stitched with panels cut from a discarded sweater.
Stitch any of several different polarfleece hats pictured here. Quick and easy.
Fleece Hat and Scarf
More gifts to keep warm are this quick matching fleece hat and scarf set for a warm gift.
This scoodie – or hooded scarf – is made with flannel, but it would be very easy to stitch one with fleece instead. And you won’t need to finish the edges.
Another hooded scarf pattern – this one is made with fleece.
Neck Warmers – More Gifts to Keep Warm
This is a VERY easy gift to sew, and a neck gaiter will not only keep your neck warm, but the lower half of your face, as well.
Stitch soft warm neck gaiters from fleece and another soft fabric.
Fast & Felted Scarflette
Stitch this fast & felted scarflette from a felted wool sweater. Or use a pretty fleece to make this neck warmer.
The Girlfriend Wrap
To make a girlfriend wrap, cut a piece of fleece according to the instructions, and you are done. To make it fancier, you could sew a contrasting blanket stitch around the edge.
No-Sew Buttoning Scarf
Use a Dollar Store scarf with fringe, or make one yourself, to create a no-sew buttoning scarf.
Under-the-Collar Fleece Cosies
Another clever way to keep warm, you can quickly make several of these triangular under-the-collar fleece cosies that fasten with velcro.
Stitch this fleece neckwarmer and the wearer won’t have to deal with scarf ends.
Crochet Neck Cuff
Quickly crochet this easy crochet neck cuff. Use fancy or fun buttons to finish.
Frilly Fleece Cowl
Sew a pretty cotton strip down the middle of a strip of fleece, and cut fringe down both sides. This frilly fleece cowl is reversible.
Scarf and Long Gloves
Use up mismatched socks to make this clever (and warm) set of scarf and extra long gloves. Or go to the Dollar Store and get a few pairs of colorful knee high socks.
Simple Fleece Scarf
Follow this easy tutorial to make a simple fleece scarf with no sewing. You don’t even have to fringe the ends if you don’t want to.
This fun, easy to stitch pocket scarf will keep your hands warm, too.
Polar Fleece Scarf
Create this polar fleece scarf with 2 pieces of fleece. Sew the contrasting piece all around the edge of the scarf.
Boa Fleece Scarf
Use 2 matching or co-ordinating fleece cuts. Stitch down the center and make cuts along both sides for a boa fleece scarf.
Ruffled Fleece Scarf
Try a ruffled fleece scarf, that’s a little different. It’s made with the ruffler attachment on the sewing machine, but could be ruffled by hand.
Simple Fleece Scarf
Cut 2 long lengths of fleece and stitch them together down the center with 3 rows of stitching. Cut fringe along the long edges of this simple fleece scarf.
Stitch a tiny rolled hem around the edges of this silk scarf. You could also us some kinds of polyester to make this scarf.
No-Sew Jersey Scarf
Because this fabric doesn’t ravel, you can just cut a piece of fabric to make this no-sew Jersey scarf.
Applique a nice design on a felt or fleece scarf to make it more personal. Or add a monogram.
This fun knotted scarf is more for decoration than warmth, but easy to make and fun to wear.
Funky “O” Scarves
These funky “O” scarves are sewn with jersey material and could be made to dress up an outfit.
T-Shirt Ruffle Scarf
Now there’s new way to rescue your favorite t-shirt – make a t-shirt ruffle scarf.
Stitch ruffles on a jersey knit scarf to make this dressy ruffled scarf.
25 Scarf Ideas – More Gifts to Keep Warm
Here are tutorials for 25 scarves to stitch.
Arm and Hand Warmers – More gifts to keep warm.
Fleece Wrist Warmers
Make wrist warmers from scrap fleece. Essentially, you sew one seam and cut a hole for the thumb.
Crochet Wrist Warmers
Another easy crochet pattern, crochet wrist warmers really work to keep your wrists and hands warm.
Wristwarmers from Socks
Cut the feet off a pair of socks and use part of the foot to add a cuff to each wristwarmer.
Use pretty colorful knee socks to make arm warmers.
Make fleece mittens with two layers of fleece and elasticized wrists.
You will find a mitten pattern here, if you feel you need one. Make sure it is long enough for fingers that may be quite long.
Fleece Mittens with Adjustable Wrist
Use your fleece scraps to make easy fleece mittens with an adjustable wrist.
Fleece Baby Mittens
Stitch fleece baby mittensfleece baby mittens with two layers of fleece and elasticized wrists.
Mittens with Elastic Wrist
Stitch warm fleece mittens with elastic wrists to keep out the wind.
Flip Top Mitten
Stitch this flip top mitten from fleece. Make them double layer for extra warmth. Easy tutorial.
Kids will love having warm monster mittens to wear. They are made with felt and fleece.
Fleece Mittens with a Separate Thumb
To make fleece mittens with a separate thumb, follow this tutorial.
Fingerless Glove Mittens
Here are fingerless glove mittens (glittens) made from an old sweater.
Buy the $1 stretch gloves and embroider snowflakes all around the wrist. Embellishing gloves is quick and pretty, and personalizes them.
Couple’s Mitten (Smitten)
Use fleece to make a couple’s mitten, where each can put a hand in the mitten and they can hold hands while their hands stay warm.
Use an old sweater to make warm hobo mittens.
Keep your hands warm in a fur muff.
Leg Warmers – Gifts to Keep Warm
Crochet Leg Warmers
A very easy crochet pattern makes these crochet leg warmers.
Legwarmers From Old Sweater
Make some legwarmers from an old sweater. Great recycling idea.
Furry Leg Warmers
These easy furry leg warmers have one seam on each. You could probably stitch them by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Leg Warmers from Old Sweater
Stitch leg warmers from an old sweater.
Scarf into Leg Warmers
Make toddler leg warmers using your old sweaters.
Slippers & Socks Gifts to Keep Warm
Quick Tip: No-Slip Slippers
Here’s a great quick tip for making fleece, felt, and other slippery slippers, no-slip slippers. Also a great tongue twister!
Tom’s slippers pattern is very easy to make and adjust to any size. Fleece is the nicest fabric to make these slippers as it is easy to sew and warm.
Stitch these warm furry Sherpa Boots using a microsuede/sherpa fabric.
Make these cute elf slippers of felted wool sweaters or blankets (I think fleece would work). It would probably not be too hard to make the pattern larger or smaller.
Warm and Comfy Teddy Bear Slippers
Stitch a pair of warm and comfy Teddy bear slippers from an old polar fleece jacket.
Make a pair of polarfleece socks following these instructions.
Warm Slippers from a Woolen Blanket
Craft some warm woolen slippers using a wool blanket, and parts from a matress pad.
Using a recycled blanket and some fleece, you can craft a pair of warm toasty slippers.
These slipper booties were designed for toddlers, but I would think you could make them in any size. They use a vinyl tablecloth for the sole and scrap fleece for the rest.
Fuzzy Scarf into Socks
Make some nice warm fuzzy socks using a scarf from the Dollar Store.
Fleece Slipper Mania
Adjust the pattern size to make warm fleecy slippers for everyone in your family.
Cozy Fleece Slippers
These cozy fleece slippers have a warm inner layer.
Make monogrammed slippers to personalize your gift.
Craft bunny slippers for all your little ones.
Make lots of gifts to keep warm this winter!