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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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:
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?? ;))a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hurry, I’ll be announcing the winner on Christmas Eve! Good luck, everyone!! :)
**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!