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#DelightfulDIY & #Giveaway: Blanket Scarves!

December 18, 2014

Yup, you read that correctly – it’s a DIY tutorial AND a giveaway in one post!!  I love blanket scarves so much, and, let’s face it, I love all of YOU so much, that I have decided to host a little holiday giveaway!

But just in case you don’t win, or if you need a really fabulous last minute gift idea, I’ve also got a super simple tutorial for making your own stylish – and warm – blanket scarves!

#DelightfulDIY Blanket Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway | Delightfully Kristi

Is it just me or are blanket scarves everywhere this season?  From the moment I first pinned a beautiful oversized scarf on Pinterest, I knew I had to have one for myself.  Unfortunately, I about died at the cost of some of these scarves.  I mean, I know they are beautiful, but $40+ for what is basically a piece of fabric?  Nuh uh.  Nope.  Not me.

There are, of course, more budget-friendly options from stores like Old Navy and Forever 21 for under or around $20, but being the “frugalista” that I am, I had already decided to go the DIY route instead.  I am so glad I did!

#DelightfulDIY Blanket Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway | Delightfully Kristi

I made ALL FOUR of these scarves for under $30!  Take that overpriced retailers!!  Ready to learn how to make your own?  Great!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • approx. 1.5 to 2 yards of flannel fabric
  • scissors

That’s it.  You don’t even need a measuring tape.  Just get yourself down to your local fabric store and head to the apparel fabrics section – that’s where you’ll find “flannel shirting” material like the gorgeous plaids I picked out.

Quick tip!  I highly recommend checking out the selection at Jo-Ann Fabrics because their plaid flannels typically cost $8.99 per yard, but they are almost always on sale for 40% – 60% off.  If not on sale, they also always have coupons for at least 40% regular priced items (including fabric). That’s where I picked up these fabrics for a mere $4.50/yd.

Step one: once you have your fabric, now what?  Here’s where the scissors come into play.  You want to make sure your cut edges are straight.  Luckily, plaid contains lots of nice straight lines, so just follow one of the lines in the pattern.

#DelightfulDIY Blanket Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway | Delightfully Kristi

Your fabric should already have two straight edges – the uncut edges that were on the top and bottom of the bolt (giant roll of fabric at the fabric store).  These are the “selvedge” edges and do not need to be cut as they are already perfectly straight and they won’t unravel.

Before we jump to step two, a quick note on blanket scarf sizes and shapes.  There are two blanket scarf shapes: rectangular and square.  If you want a rectangle, simply cut your fabric to your desired length (I recommend using the full 2 yards for a really awesome oversize scarf), and you’re done.  If you want a square, all you have to do is take one corner of your fabric and fold it over to the opposite straight edge, creating a triangle.  Then, cut off whatever fabric is left past the edge of the triangle, open your triangle and you’ve got a square!  (Just like in origami).

Step two: creating a fringe finish.  Once you’ve cut the raw edges of the fabric, you don’t want them to unravel and leave a trail of threads everywhere you go, so you’ve got to unravel it on purpose.  (I realize that sounds completely counter-intuitive, but just stick with me!)

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By pulling out the loose threads from your cut edge, and continuing to pull that loose thread, you’ll create a simple – and stylish – fringe.  It’s really that easy, and this will prevent the fabric from fraying further.

#DelightfulDIY Blanket Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway | Delightfully Kristi

That’s it, you’re done!  Wear your new scarf with pride, brag freely, letting everyone know you made it yourself, and, if you’re feeling generous, make one (or twenty) for friends and family!

And just in case you’re wondering how the heck to wear these giant scarves, here are my favorite styles:

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  You could win the two beautiful, handmade scarves pictured below – that’s one for you and one for a friend!  Which one will you keep for yourself and which one will you give to a friend?  (If you decide to keep them both for yourself, I promise I won’t tell!  Who could blame you??  ;))

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Hurry, I’ll be announcing the winner on Christmas Eve!  Good luck, everyone!!  :)

Delightfully Kristi

**Please note, this giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.  Sorry faraway friends, I’ll try to get you in the next one!

 

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36 Comments

  • manonlesko

    I’ll definitely try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

    December 18, 2014 at 5:51 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Absolutely! Be sure to share the beautiful scarves you create!! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Love these! I would keep the plaid one for myself because I’ve been OBSESSED with plaid blanket scarves this season! Great tutorial and giveaway (I think I was the first to enter, yay!).

    December 18, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Miche! I am waiting for it to get cold enough to wear my blanket scarf (I kept the cream, red & blue plaid one for myself, hee hee)! Thanks for entering and good luck! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply
  • bethietheboo

    I love them both, I think I’d keep the black and white one for myself as I have nothing like that in my closet right now! I also love this tutorial, if I don’t win, I may have to try it, I’d been thinking of doing a DIY blanket scarf!

    December 18, 2014 at 9:21 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Ooh, good choice, the black & white scarf is extra soft, thick & cozy! You should definitely give it a try, it couldn’t be easier!! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Jackie and Marilyn

    LOVE these!! Blue plaid for me and black and white for Melissa! – Brianna

    December 18, 2014 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Haha I would have made the exact same choices for you two! Thanks, and good luck!! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Those are too cute~!! I really love them both, though I would totally let my sis pick first :)

    December 18, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply
    • Kristi

      You are a very nice sister, I don’t think I’d let my sisters choose first haha! Thanks for entering, good luck!! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Gracey the Giant

    This is great! A wonderful DIY and a fabulous giveaway! I especially love the black and white scarf, but really I’d wear both. Possibly together as it’s that cold here in Pittsburgh!

    December 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! I was totally thinking these scarves would be great to layer, especially since the green/blue plaid is lighter (because it doesn’t get that cold here haha)! Good luck, thanks for entering!! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Justine S.

    OH MY WORD I’m totally going to try making one! If I won, it would be a tough choice, but I think I’d keep the one on the right :)

    December 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      DO IT! Hahaha! But really, it is ridiculous how simple it is to make these, and they make the nicest gifts (which is why I’m giving 2 away to my awesome readers)! ;)
      Good choice and good luck! Thanks for entering!! :)

      December 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Rebecca U

    This is so great. I’d keep one and give one to my sister :)

    December 19, 2014 at 3:14 am Reply
    • Kristi

      I love it, more awesome sister love!! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

      December 19, 2014 at 7:04 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! And thanks for the tip about The Cottage and the Children’s Pool in SD, we loved both! :)

      December 19, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Karl Borowy

    one for me…one for my wife

    December 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Love it! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

      December 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    I would keep the multicolored one for myself, as I love color, and I would give the black and white to my mom, who loves neutrals. Now you’ve got me wondering if Walmart has flannel fabrics. I don’t have a JoAnns near me. I think I’m gonna check this weekend–looks like a simple DIY Christmas gift, for sure.

    December 20, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Awesome choices! I wasn’t able to check the Walmart by me because they don’t sell fabric, but I know the other Walmart’s in the area that do sell fabric have varied selections. I hope you do find some nice fabric at either store, it’s such a simple project and a nice gift!! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

      December 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • edmontonjb

    So nice! I would keep the black and white for myself and pass the plaid on to a friend

    Jonnie

    December 21, 2014 at 3:13 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Jonnie, good luck!! :)

      December 21, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Jennifer H.

    I love them both, but I think that I would keep the black and white.

    December 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      So glad you like them, thanks for entering and good luck! :)

      December 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Love love love these :) The traditional red flannel one catches my eye but then again…they both do! Haha. Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!!! So glad you like them, good luck and thanks for entering!! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Dianne Hall

    I would keep the plaid and give the black and white one to my sister. Love these!!

    December 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you, and thanks for entering! Good luck!! :)

      December 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm Reply
  • Chris Morbey

    awesome tutorial

    December 23, 2014 at 7:04 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Kenny Hall

    I would keep the black and white!!

    December 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Awesome!! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Keep the plaid and give the black and white one to a friend
    =)

    December 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Nice choice! And good work, you made it in JUST under the deadline!! ;)

      December 24, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

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