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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Make a Flannel Blanket Scarf

Do you need a big, cozy blanket scarf this winter? Or want to give one as a gift? They are so easy and inexpensive to make! 

You only need to buy 2 yards of flannel fabric. I got mine on sale at for under $5 per yard.

What you need:
2 yards of flannel
Coordinating thread + sewing machine
Seam ripper or sturdy pin

First, trim the cut ends so they are straight across. Then use a seam ripper or a sturdy pin to pull out only the horizontal threads. This will create a fringe along the ends. 

Pull out threads until the fringe is as long as you want it to be. It would look cool with long, 3-inch fringe! Maybe I'll extend mine when I have more time, after the holidays are over. It takes a while to remove the threads, so settle in with some good music or a movie.


Now see if you want to hem the selvedges (the long, finished edges). One of mine is pretty clean, but you can see in the photo below that the other edge has lots of loose threads. I will need to hem it. I may use my serger and see how I like the way that looks. If I don't like having the serged edge as the finished edge, I'll just fold it over and stitch it down with my regular sewing machine. 

 The unfinished edges aren't stopping me from wearing it already. 

My (almost) finished scarf is 44" x 75". I bought two yards (72") but they gave me a few extra inches - sweet! If you want a really long blanket scarf, buy three yards - or whatever you'd like. The larger size of this scarf means it has more styling options than a standard scarf. You can wear it poncho-style for extra coziness, or wrap it around your neck like a regular scarf to wear it with a coat.   

What do you think? Wouldn't this be a nice gift to make for your friends this winter? 

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