How to Make a Fleece Balaclava

How to Make a Fleece Balaclava
A balaclava is like a hat that extends all the way down over your head and neck. There are two openings, one for your face and another for your neck. Some balaclavas have a very wide face opening that allows your entire face and chin to protrude, while those intended for use in extreme cold weather have a much narrower opening that admits less air. You can make your own fleece balaclava in just a few minutes with little more than a needle and thread.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3/4 yard of fleece fabric Scissors Straight pins Needle and thread
  • 3/4 yard of fleece fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread
Step 1
Cut out two identical pieces of fleece, each 24 inches high and 12 inches across. Trim both corners off one end of the long rectangle so that end is rounded; that will be the head end of the balaclava, while the squared-off end will be for the neck opening.
Step 2
Pin the two pieces together, with the "right sides" in. In other words, the sides you want to be the outside of your finished balaclava should be facing each other.
Step 3
Cut a 9-inch-by-3-inch rectangle away from one edge of the rounded, head end of the balaclava. This will be for the face opening, so its long side--9 inches--should run parallel to the 24-inch side of the original rectangle. Make sure you cut through both pieces of fleece.
Step 4
Stitch all the way around the two pieces of fleece with the exception of the edges of the face opening you just cut away and the neck opening. Allow a half-inch seam allowance; in other words, sew 1/2 inch away from the edges of the fabric.
Step 5
Remove the pins and turn the balaclava inside out. Now the right sides of the fleece should be facing out, and your fleece balaclava is complete.

Tips & Warnings

You can hem the edges of the balaclava around the face opening and the neck opening if you so desire; just turn the edges down and use a zigzag stitch to hold them in place.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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