Learn how to make a warm gift with this free earmuff sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is comfortable thanks to the shaping.
We've had so much snow this week that it's time to break out all of our cold weather gear like coats, hats and boots. I don't like having cold ears when I'm playing in the snow or walking the dog, so I made warm-shaped ear muffs with my new free ear muff sewing pattern.
This earflap sewing pattern works with many different fabrics, the shaped curve covers the ears perfectly and it can be finished in three different ways. I even designed a special lining that is not visible when the earmuff is worn!
This model works for teenagers, women and men with smaller heads. The size may be adjusted slightly as it is sewn to fit multiple sizes. You can have a center back seam stitched or it can be layered and closed with snaps or a button and buttonhole.
This shaped earmuff is ideal because you can use a variety of knitted fabrics like fleece, fleece, and sweatshirt.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on a computer and organized so that it can be printed on several sheets of letter or A4 size paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets damaged or my kids or I have changed sizes, I can always print it again. It will never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How to use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click Print. When printing, make sure the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the design prints at the correct size.
Once the design is printed, it can be glued together to achieve its actual size. Then the pattern can be cut out for each size piece of the pattern or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Do you like to sew? Try some of these projects:
Free earmuff sewing pattern
- Shaped earmuffs sewing pattern (no instructions) – get it at the end of the post
- 1/8 yard medium weight knitted fabric with at least 25% stretch such as a sweatshirt, French Terry or fleece.
- 1/8 yard lightweight knit like cotton spandex or rayon spandex jersey for lining
- Optional: 1 inch button or plastic snaps
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
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Cut a piece of ear flap from the medium weight fabric. Match the stretch lines. Cut an earmuff liner from the lightweight knitted fabric.
In the image below, I cut out an earmuff from sweatshirt fabric, an earmuff from fleece, and an earmuff from French Terry. The bottom is lightweight knit (modal jersey spandex) for the lining.
With right sides together, match the two long sides. Match the curved shape. The liner is thinner than the earmuff, so you have to be very careful to line up the edges.
Sew both long sides with a 3/8-inch seam allowance with a zigzag stitch or overlocker. The earmuff curves towards the liner because the liner is smaller.
Flip the earmuff to the right side and bring out the curves.
Press the earmuff flat. Be careful with polyester fabric so that it does not melt in the heat.
The lining is smaller, so the fabric on the front naturally pulls toward the back, which will hide the lining. See below how each medium weight fabric is seen on the edges from the inside. This means you don't need to do any topstitching!
Put on the earmuffs to see how long you feel. If it's too big, you can make it a little smaller. If it's too small, you may need to add fabric to the back.
Central back seam
Follow these steps to have a center back seam on your earmuff and no closure.
Fold the ear flap in half, right sides together, and match the short seams. There are four layers of fabric.
Sew a 3/8 inch straight seam along the back. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the earmuff right side out and topstitch the seam allowance to open it.
Follow these steps to have a center back closure on your earmuff.
Start by folding the short edge over 1/2 inch. Sew it in place 3/8 inch from the fold.
For a button and buttonhole, sew a button to one side of the back of the earmuff. On the other side, sew a rectangle just smaller than the diameter of the button. Cut a line in the center of the rectangle to make a buttonhole.
For snaps, add two plastic snaps to the back edges of the earmuff.
You're done and your ears will never be cold again!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!