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Sewing neck sock / scarf - dimensions and DIY instructions

  • material selection
    • amount of material
  • patterns
    • Draw section
  • Sew neck skirt
  • Variant - slip scarf with closure
  • Quick guide

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Quick and easy to self-sewn neck socks / self-sewn slip scarf

And here comes - matching the cooler season - another tutorial that can be easily implemented by beginners. Today I'll show you how to quickly and easily sew a halo sock, known to some as a scarf. For the sake of simplicity, however, I will only use the term Halssocke in the following. As a variant, I also show you how to sew a halo sock that is lockable - especially for people who do not like to brush something over their heads.

This tutorial will not only show you how to sew a halo sock and how to efficiently use your remnants or create beautiful combo sets, but also how to design your own pattern for it yourself. Just now, as it gets colder outside, stocking socks are also wonderful gifts for family and friends. The second variant with press studs, which will be presented below, you can also sew neck socks that do not have to be pulled over the head. This is especially suitable for the little ones.

Difficulty level 1/5
(suitable for beginners)
Material costs 1/5
(depending on the choice of fabric between EUR 0, - from the remaining utilization and EUR 20, -)
Time expenditure 1/5
(including pattern depending on the exercise 30min to 1h)

material selection

Basically, you can use all types of fabric, if you want to sew a halo sock, but score softer (and especially stretchy) materials significantly in comfort. For this reason, I recommend jersey, which you may still be able to combine with fleece or elastic sweatshirt as well as stretchy plush fabrics. For this tutorial I will use two jersey fabrics.

amount of material

As so often, the amount of material depends on the particular pattern. As simple as the basic cut may be, which fits for babies, is of course much too small for adults. Basically, you will need a maximum of two rectangles of jersey fabric measuring 62 x 24 cm if you are sewing a neck sock for an adult with a 60 cm head circumference.


For babies measure the head circumference (KU) and add 3cm in width. For toddlers, children and adults, add only 2 cm in width to the measured KU. The height can vary as well. Here I would count on the smallest heads (up to KU 40) with 10 cm height and then gradually increase up to a height of 20 cm in adults with a large KU (60 cm). Especially with children and adults, it is often a "feeling question", which height fits, as they should be perceived as comfortable with the wearer. By processing soft materials, however, this is not so important, because the neck sock can then be easily turned over, if it has become a bit too high. Seam additions of 1cm are already included in this calculation.

Draw section

I would like to sew a half sock for a toddler with a KU of 52 cm. So I add to the KU 2 cm and I am with a width of 54 cm. For the height I used 14 cm, so I need two pieces of fabric with 45 x 14 cm. My pattern is therefore a rectangle with 27 x 14 cm, which I put on the fabric in the break (the fabric is folded once, the pattern is directly on the bow) and cut without seam allowance.

Tip: If you use residues with motifs, make sure that the motifs are not transversal through the pattern. If you have unique subjects on both sides, sew them together so that when you fold them, no motive is "upside down". Try this in case of uncertainty in advance by plugging with pins and fold out.

Cut the cut in the break 1 times for the inside and 1 times for the outside.

Sew neck skirt

Lay both pieces of fabric on right to right (ie with the "nice" sides to each other) and make sure that both layers of fabric lie nicely smooth and do not wrinkle. Pin the two long sides together with pins and sew them together with a stretchable stitch of your sewing machine or with your overlock.

Sewing Note: If you do not have a given stretch or jersey stitch on your sewing machine, simply select a zigzag stitch and set the stitch width to about one millimeter. This keeps the seam flexible and does not tear when the fabric stretches. When sewing, do not pull on the back of the fabric, otherwise unpleasant wrinkles will occur and the seam will not become straight. The transport foot of your sewing machine pushes the fabric at the right speed. If you still see "waves" through the seam, you can just iron it over, then everything is straight again.

Now half the tube so that the seams are right side to right on each other. To do this, reach through your hose with one hand, grasp the end and pull the fabric halfway through. Lay the seams nicely together and spread out the lower part, so it is clearer. Now put two layers together and mark a turning opening of a few centimeters.

I like to use pins that I simply stick across the edge. Now sew around all the way under the opening and sew the beginning and the end. Use a simple straight stitch - the Hall Socks do not have to be stretchable up and down. Turn your hose and iron the seam allowances at the turn-around opening as desired.

If you want to use the neck sock on both sides, you should close the seam allowance manually with a ladder or magic seam (for detailed instructions see Tutorial Dinkelkissen), otherwise you stitch the turning opening with a straight cut in a matching straight stitch.

And your Halssock is ready!

Tip: Even if you have an overlock, the conventional sewing machine is more suitable for this seam because the seam becomes thinner and the closing of the turning opening is easier.

Variant - slip scarf with closure

Some children - especially babies - do not like it when something is pulled over their heads. Alternatively, you can also sew a halter sock with snap fastener. The basic cut and the dimensions remain the same. After cutting you put the two pieces of fabric together again right to right - pay attention to the reasoning. The two layers should be nice and flat again and do not wrinkle. Stick them all around, this time also on the short sides. On one of the short sides mark a turning opening of a few centimeters.

Tip: If you want to use press studs, you should either reinforce the two ends with an ironing fleece or sew in a piece of cotton, so that the fabric does not tear out later when opening and closing.

Sew around all the way around, leaving the turning opening empty. Sew on beginning and end. Cut off the corners in the seam allowance at an angle, turn your hose and shape the corners well. Then iron the whole scarf and put the edges inwards at the turning opening and iron them well. Then close the turning opening with a straight-edged straight stitch of your sewing machine or by hand with a ladder or magic seam.

For the closure either normal buttons on the side with the turning opening can be sewn on (on the other side of the shawl but also buttonholes must be attached - a detailed instruction can be found in our tutorial "Sewing DIY buttonhole - instructions for beginners") or use them Push buttons (here you will find a detailed guide in our tutorial "DIY - attach push buttons"). How many press studs you use when sewing your stocking is a matter of taste. I like to put on the press buttons directly on the fabric and look at how I like it best.

This time it will be three snaps. I attach these about 1 cm away from the edge (on the side where there was NO turn-around). Then I put the halo skirt around my neck once for my "model" and look at how tight it should become. Accordingly, I put the other snaps with the opposite side in the appropriate distance. For this I fold both ends to the middle, to me the height (which in my case is easy to keep by the strips, I have for the sake of completeness here anyway marked with points where the other snaps are attached) and the distance to the edge with the Mark turning opening. These are usually about 7 - 8 cm.

Tip: Push buttons must first be "incorporated" so that they can be opened and closed more easily. To do this, open and close the pushbuttons 10 to 20 times in succession.

And already this variant is ready!

Quick guide

1. Measure the circumference of the head and add 3 or 2 cm, determine the height.
2. Create neck sock cut (half width)
3. Cut fabric pieces
4. V1: sew sides together, turn, turn half, close (turn-around!)
5. V2: Sew all the way round (turning opening!)
6. Done!

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