How to: Make your own pogies

As a person always on a lookout to remind anyone that I spent time in Africa, now it’s getting cold it seems to be a perfect excuse to say, “Having spent the past two winters in Africa, I’m not used to the cold”

Now that’s out the way the reason for mentioning it was that I am not prepared for winter and so in an effort to remedy that, I decided to make myself some fleece lined pogies.

You will need: 

  • A sewing machine with a stretchy stitch setting
  • Kick ass waterproof fabric  
  • Wax paper
  • Fleece
  • Thread
  • Sew on Velcro
  • Narrow Elastic

 Step 1.

Use the same template for left and right, just spin it over. 

Use the same template for left and right, just spin it over. 

Make a template out of wax paper, use some french curves if you want it neat. 

Regular paper would work too. 

Leave room for the elastic and to hem the edges. 

Step 2

Cut out your fleece and waterproof fabric. 

I opted to have the fleece go half way down the sleeves but there is no reason why it couldn’t be full length. 




Step 3

Sew it all together. 

It all goes together fairly simply the tricky part is at the end when you put the elastic on either end. 


After that put them in your paddle and enjoy having warm hands while you kayak.


See super simple, it will probably take a day of work but my inexperienced hands got these done in a weekend of intermittent work.