Sew a Simple Balaclava

It is important to keep warm when it is cold out, especially as we get older. Wear a hat, gloves, scarf and socks to bed. This is a simple balaclava that you can easily sew that will keep your head warm and can be worn under other headgear during the day to keep cold air out of your ears.



To download this pattern, RIGHT-click on image, choose "Save Image As".
Printing and and sewing instructions below.





(printing instructions at bottom of page)

Sewing Instructions

  

Cut the pattern out of the paper along the black line.











Take any stretchy material that is at least 12"x36". (An old knit jersey or T-shirt will probably be fine.)





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Pin the pattern to your material that is folded in half.










Be sure the pins go through both halves of the material so that you will end up two pieces of fabric that are identical to each other.











Cut the material 1/2" away from the pattern, except for the face piece, which needs to be cut only 1/4" away from the pattern.







Leave the pins in and the pattern on the material for now.









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Sew the two layers of material together along the outer edge of the pattern at the back and around the front of the neck, but not the face opening or the bottom of the pattern at the neck.









Remove the pins and the pattern. http://windintheroses.googlepages.com/balaclava_sewsides2.jpg

http://windintheroses.googlepages.com/bal_inside_3.jpg

Sew a 1/4" seam around the face piece by rolling it back and sewing around the face opening.

Fold the hem of the bottom of the neck back 1/4" and then fold over another 1/4" and sew a straight stitch to make a hem.






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Push down the front and back seams and sew them flat onto the fabric to finish.









Try it on, if too loose sew darts (tucks) around where it is loose until it fits.

 Simple Balaclava-type Nightcap from Shirtsleeve  

Cut off a whole sleeve from an old long-sleeved knit jersey.
Pull the wide end down over your head.
Using a pen, draw a circle around your face, slightly smaller than your face. (Or you can cut out just your eyes if you prefer. Leaving the covering over the nose and mouth will help you breathe warmer air if it is cold out and can act as an air filter, but it may be seen as anti-social if you wear it like that in public.)
Remove sleeve, cut out circle and place back on head.



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 Using your own graphics software, open the picture, increase its size to 11" wide x 16.52" high (279.4mm x 419.1mm) or an increase of 285% and print on ledger/tabloid or A3 sized paper (11"x17" or 11.7"x16.5"/297mmx420mm) in portrait orientation.

For example, if you were using Irfanview for your graphics program, you would click on "Image" (Alt-I) and then choose Resize/Resample. This opens the Resize/Resample Image dialog box. It should indicate that the document is 279 pixels wide by 419 pixels high. Under "Units", select "inches" and next to "Width" erase the 279 and put in 11. As long as the "Preserve ratio button" has been checked, the correct height of 16.52 should appear automatically, or you can fill it in manually.

Wait until it resizes the image and then click on "File" and then "Print" (Shift-P). Click on "Properties" and then select "Fast". Pull down the drop down menu under "Settings" "Size" and select either A3 or Tabloid (11x17). Make sure orientation is set for "Portrait". Click on OK and then OK again in the Print dialog box.

This brings you to the Irfanview Print dialog box. Make sure Print Size is set to "Original Size (from image DPI), and "Center image is checked". Click on Print. This may look small but it really does work out to the correct size. Doubling the dimensions makes it 4x bigger.Using your own graphics software, open the picture, increase its size to 11" wide x 16.52" high (279.4mm x 419.1mm) or an increase of 285% and print on ledger/tabloid or A3 sized paper (11"x17" or 11.7"x16.5"/297mmx420mm) in portrait orientation.

For example, if you were using Irfanview for your graphics program, you would click on "Image" (Alt-I) and then choose Resize/Resample. This opens the Resize/Resample Image dialog box. It should indicate that the document is 279 pixels wide by 419 pixels high. Under "Units", select "inches" and next to "Width" erase the 279 and put in 11. As long as the "Preserve ratio button" has been checked, the correct height of 16.52 should appear automatically, or you can fill it in manually.

Wait until it resizes the image and then click on "File" and then "Print" (Shift-P). Click on "Properties" and then select "Fast". Pull down the drop down menu under "Settings" "Size" and select either A3 or Tabloid (11x17). Make sure orientation is set for "Portrait". Click on OK and then OK again in the Print dialog box.

This brings you to the Irfanview Print dialog box. Make sure Print Size is set to "Original Size (from image DPI), and "Center image is checked". Click on Print. This may look small but it really does work out to the correct size. Doubling the dimensions makes it 4x bigger.Using your own graphics software, open the picture, increase its size to 11" wide x 16.52" high (279.4mm x 419.1mm) or an increase of 285% and print on ledger/tabloid or A3 sized paper (11"x17" or 11.7"x16.5"/297mmx420mm) in portrait orientation.

For example, if you were using Irfanview for your graphics program, you would click on "Image" (Alt-I) and then choose Resize/Resample. This opens the Resize/Resample Image dialog box. It should indicate that the document is 279 pixels wide by 419 pixels high. Under "Units", select "inches" and next to "Width" erase the 279 and put in 11. As long as the "Preserve ratio button" has been checked, the correct height of 16.52 should appear automatically, or you can fill it in manually.

Wait until it resizes the image and then click on "File" and then "Print" (Shift-P). Click on "Properties" and then select "Fast". Pull down the drop down menu under "Settings" "Size" and select either A3 or Tabloid (11x17). Make sure orientation is set for "Portrait". Click on OK and then OK again in the Print dialog box.

This brings you to the Irfanview Print dialog box. Make sure Print Size is set to "Original Size (from image DPI), and "Center image is checked". Click on Print. This may look small but it really does work out to the correct size. Doubling the dimensions makes it 4x bigger.Using your own graphics software, open the picture, increase its size to 11" wide x 16.52" high (279.4mm x 419.1mm) or an increase of 285% and print on ledger/tabloid or A3 sized paper (11"x17" or 11.7"x16.5"/297mmx420mm) in portrait orientation.

For example, if you were using Irfanview for your graphics program, you would click on "Image" (Alt-I) and then choose Resize/Resample. This opens the Resize/Resample Image dialog box. It should indicate that the document is 279 pixels wide by 419 pixels high. Under "Units", select "inches" and next to "Width" erase the 279 and put in 11. As long as the "Preserve ratio button" has been checked, the correct height of 16.52 should appear automatically, or you can fill it in manually.

Wait until it resizes the image and then click on "File" and then "Print" (Shift-P). Click on "Properties" and then select "Fast". Pull down the drop down menu under "Settings" "Size" and select either A3 or Tabloid (11x17). Make sure orientation is set for "Portrait". Click on OK and then OK again in the Print dialog box.

This brings you to the Irfanview Print dialog box. Make sure Print Size is set to "Original Size (from image DPI), and "Center image is checked". Click on Print. This may look small but it really does work out to the correct size. Doubling the dimensions makes it 4x bigger.