Sunday Sewing: Balaclava!

Winter has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Though it's not as rainy as last year, the days have been sunny and cold; temperatures have dipped below freezing during the early morning and at night. Commuting by bike has its challenges during cold and rainy weather and a balaclava seemed like a perfect solution. It covers your ears and can be comfortably worn under your helmet. I purchased some velour lightweight fleece and some fold-over elastic to bind the face opening. I ended up drafting my own pattern, inspired by this pattern, this pattern and this one. The length is about 17" and the width is about 11". The bottom edge is finished with zigzag stitching. I think it will keep me warm on my rides!