Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com
If you’re in a part of the world where Fall is behaving like it’s supposed to, the leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and you’re surrounded by pumpkin spice everything. Even though it’s 86 degrees in Georgia this week, we still love fall, and can’t get enough of it. And for me, that means flannel plaid for days.
So pick your favorite yard dyed plaid flannel and jump right into this no sew project!
We’re making a square blanket scarf, so we’re getting 1 ½ yards to make a square. If you’d rather a rectangle, get as much or as little as you like. If you’re using 60” wide fabric, make sure to get 2 yards for a larger square. The quality of the flannel will impact how long you can make your fringe and how easy it is to make your fringe. If you want a long fringe, I recommend Kaufman Mammoth Flannel, which is thicker and of a nice quality.
For all projects that are going to be washed sometime in the future (which I hope you plan on doing), pre-wash your fabrics to shrink it before you start working on them.
Step One: Trim up Two Sides
Pick two sides that come together at a corner. They will be a selvedge edge and a cut edge. The selvedge edge will have a lot less stray threads that have unraveled.
On the cut edges, pick a line of plaid that continues down the length and trim along it as neatly as possible.
Now, trim the selvedge edge in the same fashion. Pick a line of plaid that extends past the dense selvedge. If you leave the selvedge on, those edges won’t fringe properly.
Step Two: Square up Your Fabric
Square up your fabric by folding the two edges you just trims into a right triangle at the corner, with the edges as even as possible, all the way to the other, untrimmed edges.
The excess will extend either on the top or bottom of your piece.
Cut the excess off, following a line of the plaid. It doesn’t have to be exactly square, but pick the line of plaid closest to the matching edge. Trim the other edge also, picking a plaid line as close to the other as possible, so that they’re mostly even.
Step Three: Make the Fringe
This step will be the longest step, but it’s super easy. Sit down in front of the tv with your seam ripper and start fringing!
Start at one edge. With your seam ripper, pick one thread and follow it all the way down to the other side and remove it. Try not to cut it. If it breaks, find the break and continue on.
You can also do it a couple of threads at a time but this can get messy. You might want to try it when you become more confident with it.
Keep pulling out threads until you have the size of fringe you want, and repeat with the other three sides. I stopped at about ½”. You can make it as long or short as you want.
Four: Wearing your Blanket Scarf
Your scarf is ready to wear! Here's how we love to wear ours: