By Cassie Johnston
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I am so excited for today to finally get here guys! Because today is the start of a full week of handmade holiday gift tutorials here on Wholefully. I’ve shared quite a few handmade gift ideas here over the years, but this time ’round is particularly special because I’m partnering up with my dear friend Melissa from Bless This Mess to bring you double the number of gift ideas!
If you don’t read Melissa’s blog (seriously, you should), she’s a fellow Hoosier girl—birds of a feather and all that—who just happens to live out West. She’s into all the same stuff I’m into—gardening, canning, homesteading, chicken wrangling, home-cooked meals, sewing, crafting. We’re like two very tall peas in a pod! She’s sweet as can be and pretty much one of my favorite people on the planet. I am so excited to work with her on this awesome week of handmade gifts!
Melissa is kicking things off over on her blog with an awesome tutorial for how to make Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off). There are so many tutorials out there for how to do Sharpie mugs, but Melissa did a lot of testing of different markers and techniques to find a way to make Sharpie mugs that will stay beautiful and adorable through all the trips in the dishwasher that a well-loved mug goes on. It would be a great teacher gift! Head on over to her blog to get the tutorial.
And then make sure to come back here, because today, I’m showing you how to DIY your very own No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf. It is so easy. Super trendy. (At least, I think blanket scarves are still trendy? I dunno. I live in the middle of nowhere.) Very cozy. And a wonderfully personal and beautiful gift to give to someone you love.
I am so obsessed with blanket scarves right now. They are really warm and cozy, and are incredibly versatile. They work well as a scarf, a shawl, a nursing cover, or even a small blanket. Throw one in your carry-on the next time you fly, and you’ve got yourself a nice scarf, a blanket, and a pillow—all in one!
This blanket scarf is so simple to make, I think just about anyone can do it. The hardest part is deciding on what color flannel to get from the fabric store! Let me show you how to make it.
To make this blanket scarf, you need exactly one supply: one and a half yards of flannel. Head down to your local fabric store, and you’ll probably see two different flannel sections—one is baby flannel (which you can probably tell by the overwhelming amount of pastels) and the other is shirting flannel (which looks like flannel you’d use for…uh…shirts). Either flannel is fine for this project, but chances are, you’ll want one of the nice plaid patterns from the shirting flannels section.
Both types of flannel will run right around 40″ wide. Some folks like their blanket scarves huge (I’m looking at you, Lenny Kravitz), but I tend to like my blanket scarves to be a bit more narrow—about 20″ wide by 54″ long—meaning you can get two scarves out of one and a half yards of flannel. Keep one for yourself and give one to someone you love.
If you want a “traditional” blanket scarf that is more of a square shape, just keep it the full 40″ width.
At Joann’s, flannel runs about $9 per yard, and they frequently have 40% one item coupons on their app (and one cut of fabric is considered one item)—meaning you can get two narrow scarves or one large scarf for under $10. Score.
Now, to get started, if you want a narrower scarf like I do, you want to cut the flannel in half. Using a plaid pattern makes this really easy, just pick a line near the halfway point, and follow it all the way down the length of the flannel. If you aren’t using a plaid, you’ll want to use a ruler and a rotary cutter to make sure you get a straight line. Then cut the finished edge (called selvage) off.
If you want a full square blanket scarf, all you need to do is cut off the selvage around the two edges. Most flannel comes with two edges finished, but some might not. Basically, if the edge looks hemmed, you need to chop that hem off.
Next up, it’s time to fray and fringe the edges. Flannel does a really good job of not unraveling like crazy, so you don’t have to hem the edges (hence the no sew part of this tutorial), but you do want to give the edges a finished look by adding a fringe on the short ends and a fray on the long ends.
I’ll warn you. This part is tedious. But it’s also mindless and simple. You can easily do this while marathoning through cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix.
Start with the long edge, and separate out a thread (a small seam ripper might help), then pull it all the way the length of the scarf until it is separated.
Trash that thread, and then start again. Keep on pulling out threads until the long sides of the scarf have a fray that is as wide as desired. I tend to keep my fray on the long sides to about 1/4″.
Now, you can decide if you want to fringe or fray the other edges. I like both! If you want to fray, just do as you did on the other end, stopping whenever it is to a length you like.
If you want to make a fringe, it takes a little more work. You can make your fringes as long or short as you like—I tend to like mine about six inches, and it takes a while to get there. Just keep pulling threads until you get to the desired fringe length, and then take little bundles of the threads and twist them together to make fringe (this is a picture from another blanket scarf with a full fringe).
Once you are done with all edges, run over the flannel with a warm iron, package the scarf up, and give it to someone you love dearly!
As far as care goes, I wouldn’t recommend putting this through the washing machine or the dryer—since the edges aren’t finished, it could unravel more than necessary. But honestly, who washes their scarves anyway? I know I don’t! Instead, spot clean the scarf if something gets on it, and if you really need to do a deep clean, hand wash it and let it dry flat.
I am so excited to spend the next week sharing some of my favorite gift ideas with you guys (remember to head over to Bless This Mess to see how to make Painted Sharpie Mugs). Check back tomorrow for a handmade food gift. Gifts you can eat are my favorite!
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This so excites me. I was planning on asking for a blanket scarf for Christmas and I’m now looking forward to making my own (probably come January when things slow down). Looking forward to the rest of the posts this week!
I keep eyeing blanket scarves at stores, but can’t justify the price. This tutorial totally puts them within reach. (And, yeah, great gift idea, too!) Thanks, Cassie! :)
Wahhh! I wanna do this. I could totally this. So pretty and easy and cozy.
p. s. I’ve been reading and re-reading that Lenny Kravitz article and dying laughing. No one makes me laugh like the Internet. <3
Two down, many more to go! They’re so cute, and the fabric that I chose makes it look like it’s from J.Crew. I love this. And for me to love a craft project, you KNOW it’s easy. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just moved and am sort of in limbo and low on funds, so I needed a cheap, thoughtful Christmas present idea for family. Perfect. :)
Wait, what, you just whipped that up?! I”m so in love!
Hot mama!! Love that last pic of you! And thanks for the post, so easy!! In love with flannel blanket scarves this year!
Love this (both the series and the project). I am definitely making myself some scarves. Such a great idea!
I’ve been on the prowl for one of these. Now I can’t wait to make my own, and give them as gifts!
Unrelated – I know – but can you tell me about your boots? I’m on the lookout for something just like that! ….and the scarf is fantastic :)
KEENs! Not a surprise, 95% of the shoes I own are Keens. :) They don’t sell the exact same pair anymore (mine are about five years old), but these are pretty darn close: http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/shoes/women/tyretread-zip-wp
Love this idea! Also you are rocking that red lipstick!
Great post! I can’t wait to look for fabric. Thank you!
Great idea, great tutorial and love the smokin’ hot pictures of you! You make that scarf look gooood! Thanks for sharing!
So beautiful! So simple! Love, love, love. Thank you for the great tutorial.
HI Just linked over here from Bless my Mess… Nice scarf. Can you tell me now the twisted fringe stays twisted? Thanks :)
Flannel threads are pretty…sticky (technical term!). They do a good job of velcroing to each other. You might have to retwist occasionally, but for the most part, they just stay put.
You mention twisting the fringe but your scarf doesn’t look twisted. Please clarify. Thanks.
Incredible thought, awesome instructional exercise and love’ hot pictures of you! You make that scarf look good! A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing!
I’m making these as gifts. Thanks for a great idea. Happy holidays!
I’ve LOVED you and Melissa’s ideas this whole week. This is, perhaps, my favorite of all. You are so amazing!
Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! I just went and bought the fabric today to make one for me and one for a dear friend who is swapping cold Canada for cold Norway! And the friendly, helpful ladies in the little quilting store on my street in the suburbs made the whole experience even better. They offered me coffee and weren’t revolved by my disgusting cold!
I bought 2/yards of fabric on side has fringe on it I’m taking it its the hemmed side so are u saying first fold long ways cut it then cut the hem off that on it? So I will then do the threading on all 4 sides? Thank u
If one side already is fringed, there is no need to re-do the fringe. You got lucky! :)
Thank you for this awesome post! I linked in my blog too! Hope you enjoyed. Will be post at 2/12/16
So beautifully wonderful! very modest and simple ! Love them. Thank you for the abundant tutorial.
I love your scarf! I sometimes do a zigzag stitch in a matching colour where I want the fray/fringe to reach to. It makes the edges more secure and you can safely machine wash if you need to. It does mean it’s not ‘no sew’ though!
I went to JoAnn and purchased 10 different flannels. Each was a yard and a half. BIG MISTAKE. It is not a traditional blanket scarf length at ALL. I am NOT a happy camper. Fortunately, I sew so I will sew the short sides together and make it an infinity scarf. It barely doubles relatively tightly to my neck so if not sewn, it’d come right off. It goes around my neck and hangs down to about my belly button. A blanket scarf is a LOT bigger.
Wow, Sally G., you can sew and you couldn’t figure out this no-sew project??? And you can’t see the fringe that is clearly twisted??? Strange but methinks you’re a person who likes to complain and enjoys NOT being a happy camper. Great tutorial, Cassie! One of the best I’ve seen and I’ve been sewing (and doing no-sew projects!) for 33 years. Keep up the good work!!!
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I am confused as to why you buy 2 yards if you make scarves 48″ long.
That’s what I wanted to know! Why buy 6 feet if the scarf is 4 feet?
Huh, you’re right, it should be 1 1/2 yards! Will fix that now!
Wow so beautiful, thanks for sharing this great tutorial, I will Definitely going to try this in coming winters. :)
I just bought be a few yards of flannel to make some of these and wondered do you fray all 4 edges?
You fray the long edges, and do a fringe on the short ends!
Nice written & very inspirational Post. Keep sharing :)
Does this work on wool too? Have some wool tartan that I would like to make a scarf from for my boyfriend. Am wondering if I need to put a stitch in it to keep it from unraveling…
If it’s felted wool, it’ll work. If it’s not felted, you’ll need to stitch to keep from unraveling. :)
You mention both 1.5 yds and 2 yds. I bought 1.5 and it seems too short :/
It should be 1 1/2 yards – the 2 yards was a typo! I hope these work for you!
Hi!! So.i am making my scarf and super excited to get it done. However, I am also disappointed… I think it is to short. You posted above that you need a yard and a half of fabric which I bought. But then a little further down you coment that with two yards of fabric you can get two scarves. So…now realizing I should have bought two yards and I bought three different colors of flannel in a yard and a half each. ?
The two yards is actually a typo – it should be 1 1/2 yards. I hope these work for you!
Thank you! I love your scarf and am planning to deck out the entire family of ladies and guys in these scarves. Your pictures are worth a thousand words and make them so easy to make. Lots of left over thread going into plastic ball ornaments as a joke. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Keep up with the great ideas.
I like this idea. But 1.5 yds can not be what you are wearing in the picture. It’s too loose for that length. And your fringe you said is 6 inches….? Looks like maybe more like 2…?
Thanks for sharing but I am a bit disappointed as 1.5 yds is short.
1 1/2 yards is 54 inches, and most blanket scarves are between 50-54″—so yes, a yard and a half should do the trick for a standard blanket scarf. If you’d like a longer scarf, 2 yards would get you a nice, long one. You can also make the fringe as long or as short as you think looks nice. :)
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