12 Days of Handmade Gifts: Day EIGHT, Caroline from Sew Caroline

Oh, Hi! I’m here today sharing a really fun tutorial for my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts series on my blog! Are y’all enjoying these awesome posts as much as I am? I am feeling all kinds of inspired to make this year a handmade Christmas!


So here we go, this years most perfect stocking stuffer!

Big Bow Earwarmer


-1/2 yard of Crushed Panne Velvet (I purchased mine from JoAnn, for really inexpensive)

-Sewing machine + usual sewing supplies

-Ball-Point needle for sewing stretchy fabric

-Hand sewing tools (needle + thread)


Step One: Cut your fabric. Cut one piece 23″x13″ (headband), cut one piece 13″x10″ (big part of bow), cut one piece 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (small part of bow)

Step Two: Take the headband piece and fold it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew down the long end using a short zig-zag stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Big Bow Earwarmer

Step Three: Flip that piece right side out and flatten out. Match up the four raw edges, pin in place, and sew with a small zig-zag stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Big Bow Earwarmer


Big Bow Earwarmer

Step Four: Take the big bow piece and fold it right sides together. Sew down the two short edges one of the long edges leaving a 1 1/2″ opening on the long edge.

Big Bow Earwarmer


Step Five: Pull the big bow piece through the small opening, flatten and poke out the corners. Place this on top of the raw edges of the headband piece.

Big Bow Earwarmer

Step Six: Take your small square piece and fold it right sides together. Sew on the long end, leaving the short ends open.

Step Seven: Take this small piece and wrap it around the headband and the big bow, manipulating the bow and headband to look like you want it to. Pull that piece tight and pin it in place.

Big Bow Earwarmer

Step Eight: Make sure the small portion of the bow is pulled tight, sew using a small zig-zag stitch as close to the bow portion as possible.

Step Nine: Flip this small piece to where the raw edges are facing in and cannot be seen. Move it to make sure everything that shouldn’t be seen is covered.

Big Bow Earwarmer

Step Ten: (optional) hand stitch the bow flaps to the headband. This will keep it from flapping in your face! (I did three stitches on each flap, one on each end and one in the center!)

Big Bow Earwarmer



  1. Cute!!! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-big-bow-ear-warmer/2013/12/08/ –Anne

  2. I adore this and can totally see myself wearing one. I also love the pins that you used. Where did you get them?

  3. love this! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. This is awesome! Thank you!

  5. I love it! Do you think this would work well with fleece as well?


  1. […] Caroline from Sew Caroline shares a tutorial in her 12 Days of Handmade Gifts series showing how to make her Big Bow Ear Warmer.  The big bow is a pretty hair accessory, and the wide band fits over your ears to keep them warm.  It’s made from a stretch panne velvet for a soft, romantic look.  You could also use a t-shirt knit, or any lightweight fabric that stretches.  Go to Sew Caroline for the tute. […]

  2. […] since I made my Big Bow Earwarmer, I’ve been loving on this Crushed Panne Velvet fabric. Its soooo wintery and beautiful and […]

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