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5 Tips to Upgrade Your Sewing for Cold Weather

Practical tips and fabric ideas for a toasty, wearable winter wardrobe.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast • January 3, 2024 • Episode 174

In this week’s episode, Sarai and Haley share 5 ideas to help you sew for cold weather. They cover how to make your winter sewing extra warm and cozy, and share practical tips and fabric ideas for a toasty, wearable winter wardrobe.

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode and a summary of what's covered, followed by a full transcript.

5 Tips for Sewing for Cold Weather


  1. Choose outerwear with underlining in mind: In truly cold weather, a wool coat won’t do the trick. You want Thinsulate or flannel as an underlining.

  2. Quilting is your friend: Quilted fabrics (including knits) capture heat. You can use pre-quilted fabric or quilt your own. If you don’t want the quilted look on the outside, you can just sew a quilted lining.

  3. Don’t underestimate good base layers—and don’t forget about the bottom half of your body. A pair of thermal long underwear and a turtleneck will add a warm layer. Choose something moisture-wicking in case you sweat. Wool is a great option.

  4. Technical fabrics will help with moisture. Cold is often accompanied by wet rain and snow. Look for technical fabrics that have water-resistant qualities and line them for extra warmth. We have an article!

  5. Don’t forget accessories. You can sew or knit mittens, hats, scarves, muffs, and socks. If you’re a knitter, this is your time to shine, but you can also sew fleece variations or use a sweater knit.

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