Friday, November 6, 2015

four yards, four projects #1: DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf Tutorial

diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial

It's fall (almost winter)! In honor of the cool weather, I'm starting a four part series today called Four Yards: Four Projects. In the next couple weeks I'm going to show you how I took four yards of this cozy plaid flannel, and made four different projects, three of them no-sew, and all of them perfect for wearing yourself of giving as gifts this Christmas! Easy, affordable DIY gifts. Yes please! If you want to craft along with me, all you'll need is four yards of your own flannel fabric to get started. Ready? Here we go!

Today I'll be showing you how to make your own Blanket Scarf with absolutely no sewing!

These plaid flannel blanket scarves have been having "a moment" lately. They were everywhere last fall and winter, and show no sign of slowing down this year either. I knew, as soon as I saw this fabric, that I'd be making this scarf first thing. Click through to make your own!

diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial

Are you ready? All you'll need to start with is your fabric. Cut your four yard length in half width wise, so you have two 2 yard pieces. We're going to start with one 2 yard piece today.
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
Ok, now that you've got your flannel fabric cut, you're ready to start making the pretty frayed edges! Take your smaller piece and set it aside, you'll use that later to make something else. Your larger piece will be your blanket scarf. Grab it and lets get started!

diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial

1. Cut your large scarf size off of your two yard piece of flannel fabric (you already did this! See the cutting guide above).

2. Cut the selveges off the edges of your scarf. The selvege is the finished edge of a yard of fabric, it won't fray unless you cut it off!

3. Once you have your selveges cut off, check the edges of your scarf to make sure it's relatively squared off at the corners. They don't have to be perfect, but they do need to be fairly even.

4. Using a small sharp object (I used a pin here) gently pull out individual threads along the edges of your fabric, leaving the cross threads intact. This will make the pretty frayed edges!

5. Continue pulling out threads until you get the length of fringe you want. In this case I didn't want too much fringe because it would get matted and tangles when I wash my scarf.

6. Double check your edges again to make sure the fringe is all even and you're not leaving any threads hanging out, and you're done!

Check it out, look how soft and pretty the fringe looks when it's done:

diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial
diy no sew blanket scarf tutorial

You are now the proud owner of your own plush, soft, blanket scarf. Which totally doubles as a blanket, in case you were wondering. My kids totally used it to sit on when we took these pictures and fed the ducks on the local greenbelt. 

I hope you love this project as much as I do! Stick around the next couple weeks and we'll do projects 2-4. And in the meantime if you want some other cool ideas for things to DIY, you can check out my DIY page. Thanks for crafting with me!

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10 comments:

  1. Super cute! And easy to make. Love it! :)

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  2. awesome! love the fringey and the plaid and it's so big, it's perfect!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I thought it was too big at first, but man am I ever using it!

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  3. Love it! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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  4. So lovely. I bought myself a blanket scarf from TK max just the other day - I love it but now I'm wishing I had seen this first and made one for half the price!

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  5. So cute and sounds cozy! I'm loving this look too!

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  6. Jessica, I love this! I have been craving some flannel to keep cozy and this is the perfect item. I love that you can take it with you, keep warm and still look stylish. I am pinning this and can't wait to see the other items!! Thanks!

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  7. What a great idea for a beautiful, cozy scarf! Thank you for sharing this project with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  8. I love this and need about 10 of these for myself! Such a great, easy gift idea too! I'm definitely sharing this and will probably be making a bunch of these for Christmas! Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Very cute. I love flannel in the winter. I had a piece of flannel selvage I used last year in a similar way, although nothing this polished looking. :)

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