Blanket scarves are having their moment, and we are all about it. Make your own oversize scarf this season with our easy DIY instructions. All you need for this seasonal staple is a few yards of flannel fabric! Simply pull threads from the edges to make a soft, frayed look, and your scarf is ready for the winter months ahead.
The most important step of this project is the first one: choosing a fabric! Head to a fabric or crafts store and look for a flannel print that matches your style. We love the look of a traditional red-and-black plaid for this project. We used 2-1/2 yards of flannel; we recommend using no less than 2 yards. Wash and dry the fabric after purchasing. Lay it flat on a safe cutting surface. Trim all edges of the fabric. For consistency and straight edges, trim on the same-color plaid stripe on all sides.
When you've trimmed each side of the fabric piece, the basic shape of your scarf is done. All that's left to do is fray the edges! Pull the threads from the edge of the fabric to make a short fringe on each side. If you're having trouble getting the threads to separate, try using a needle or straight pin to pull the threads away from the body of the scarf. Continue creating a fray around all edges of the scarf. We like the look of about a quarter-inch fray for a soft, well-loved feel. When you've reached the level of fraying you like, your scarf is ready to wear!
Use your no-sew scarf to keep warm on chilly days. If you need to wash it, do so by hand and let it air dry; a spin in the washing machine may cause the frayed edges to unravel too much.
If you want to be able to machine wash the scarf, sew a small zigzag or straight stitch line of stitches all the way around the piece just inside the fringe line.
I loved my blanket scarf. Made one years ago, and loved it so much that when I saw this one I pulled out some fabric and made another. I really love the red/black/green plaid I had on hand. It's what I purchased for a comforter earlier this year, and my scarf finished off the piece I had. Great use of leftover fabric.