It’s no secret I love a good DIY, and I love it even more when I can save money by making the item myself. Today I am sharing a DIY blanket scarf that you can make for around $5! Seriously $5, for an item that can easily run $20 or more. A blanket scarf is totally on trend, not to mention warm and functional too. I am sharing a few ways to dress up a blanket scarf, plus showing you my favorite way to wear one.
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These blanket scarves are ideal to make with a group, get your friends together and make scarves as gifts while laughing and sipping wine. Have a blanket scarf craft night with your Girl Scout troop or your kids, this project is doable for all ages. If you want to try this as a group, be sure to grab my handy instruction sheet. Subscribers have access to these printable blanket scarf instructions along with 50+ printables.
If you want to watch and learn how this is done, be sure to check out my blanket scarf segment on The Morning Blend
When making a blanket scarf you want to start with the right kind of fabric. Head to the fabric store and look for flannel apparel fabric, this is a soft material with a pattern on both sides. Flannel comes in a wide variety of prints and solids, I love plaid and buffalo check but you can make a blanket scarf with any pattern you choose. Check out this fabric for quick and easy delivery without leaving your house.
Once you’ve selected your favorite fabric you need to cut it to size. A blanket scarf is square and I like the look and feel of a 44 inch square, you can go bigger if you want a little more bulk. Flannel fabric will come anywhere from 44-54 inches wide. You can ask in store to have a square cut, or just cut a yard and a half and trim it down at home.
Instructions for a basic Blanket Scarf
- Start with a square of flannel apparel fabric at least 44 inches.
- Wash and iron your fabric.
- Lay out the fabric on a large flat surface, a hard floor is perfect, and start to fray your ends. You’ll notice that 2 sides of your fabric are probably already frayed. You can use the following method to make the fray deeper or leave it as is. Start at one corner and using a stick pin pull a thread from one side of the fabric all the way to the end. Repeat this process until you have a frayed edge that you like. Move around the fabric until all sides are frayed equally.
Instructions for a fringed Blanket Scarf
- Begin with a square of fabric at least 44 inches.
- Wash and iron the fabric.
- Lay the fabric on a large flat surface like a floor or table to easily access the edges.
- Cut the fringe. You can cut fringe on all 4 sides, or just 2 opposite sides depending on your preference.
- Measure 2 inches in from the edge of the fabric and using a piece of chalk or light pencil, draw a horizontal line all the way across the fabric. You can also use the lines in a plaid fabric as a guide. This serves as a boundary for cutting the fringe.
- Using a sharp fabric scissors like this one to cut slits from the edge up to the line about .25 inch wide or less. Make sure the slits are evenly spaced all the way to the other end of the fabric edge.
Instructions for a monogrammed blanket scarf
- Using iron on letters like these, select the letter or letters you want in your monogram.
- Place the letters onto one corner of the blanket scarf, cover with enclosed plastic barrier or a soft cloth, and press with a hot iron for 30 seconds.
How to wear a blanket scarf
A blanket scarf is the perfect accessory on a chilly day. Now that you know how to make one, for just a few dollars, you can make a few in fun colors and prints and accessorize every outfit while staying warm. To wear a blanket scarf, fold it into a triangle and grab the 2 ends. With the point of the triangle in front of you, cross the ends around the back of your neck. Pull them around front and either tie them or tuck them under the scarf in the front. Easy peasy, and super cozy.
How to Gift a Blanket Scarf
A blanket scarf makes an easy and affordable gift. You can make one in your Mom’s favorite color, monogram it and tie the scarf with ribbon and a tag. So simple, and so pretty. You can also use the scarf as a wrapper for something else, or as a bow around a package. No matter how you gift a DIY blanket scarf, it is going to be well received.
You know how to select a fabric, make a scarf, monogram it, wear it and gift it! You are set for the season.
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If you love a cozy and cute blanket scarf but absolutely don’t want to make one, I highly recommend these pretty and soft scarves from Cents of Style.
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