Our master seamstress is at it again! First she knit this beautifully simple ribbed wool scarf, and now she’s showing us how to make a stylish blanket scarf for the cold months ahead. This DIY blanket scarf project is the easiest thing in the world – any non-crafter can do it. All you need is a length of fabric from your local fabric store and you are in business!
As usual, we found our fabric at Fabric Depot. We used a yarn-dyed flannel to make our scarf as cozy as possible, but you should select any fabric that you feel inspired to wrap around yourself for the next few months. The specific fabric we found was Studio E Fabrics “Color Catcher” in black and grey. If you like the print, it is also available in other color combinations. Generally, we recommend using natural fibers like cotton or wool, and no knits. Thicker threads are better for making your DIY blanket scarf, and be sure it is a woven thread rather than a printed thread – this is important for creating the frayed edges of the scarf.
Once you pick out your fabric, you will need two yards in total. When you bring the fabric home, you can use a nice pair of scissors to straighten out the cut edges (sometimes the fabric store is not the most precise with cutting!). Often for fabric projects we suggest pre-washing the material, but this project is an exception. Do not wash your fabric because it will make it more difficult to style the edges! From here, start gently pulling threads along the cut edges to fray the edges. We made about a 2-inch wide fray, but you can make the fray any size you’d like. You can even create fringe by twisting the fray. It’s all up to you! Find our step-out photos at the end of the post for reference.
No sewing, no knitting, just a super easy DIY blanket scarf. You can make one for yourself, or you can make a set as gift for loved ones! If you’re needing some gift inspiration, give the gift of creativity with on of our gift memberships. See you soon! ~ Lia and the Team
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
I am looking for a DIY blanket scarf with buttons – like the one in the picture that took me to your site. Can you provide me with information / directions on this? It looks like a typical poncho with buttons down the shoulder.
Hi Amanda! That doesn’t sound like a project we have done, we only have this blanket scarf tutorial on our site.
So enjoy your website! Looking for directions for a lg.red felt wreath seen in the background over a mantle, kids Christmas tree tutorial. Searched through Christmas ideas but do not see any infor./a tutorial. Thinking that it is an older idea. Would really love to see directions if at all possible. Thank you very much.
Hi Marilyn! You can find the tutorial for the Dahlia wreath here: https://liagriffith.com/giant-felt-dahlia-wall-art/
So do you fray the selvage edge as well or just the sides?
We just did it along the sides 🙂
Love this….going to make lap blanket when in wheelchair….Great…
Loved this very quick and easy gift project. Thanks for the after photos, too.
Sure thing! I love it, too– so easy.
to make it easier pulling the threads: use a small scissor with sharp blades and carefully cut along the to-be-pulled-threads in a 10 cm distance (the length, not the width). It’s much more easier to pull out short threads than those of full length. Long threads will often break and it’s hard work to find the beginning ot threads again and to get a clean edge. And use a pin to help separating the single thread rows.
Great tip (as always! 🙂 )
I love the scarf, will be ordering fabric as soon as i finish this post !
HOWEVER, I am CRAZY for the jacket !!!! Please tell me about it.
Our model/PR manager Emily says thank you! She purchased it from https://elizabethsuzann.com/ 🙂
You should have the fabric store person make sure the fabric design matches on the 2 selvage sides. It only takes a minute . The next step is to hold the selvages in the air and give the fabric a little shake and make sure all is smooth. If the look doesn’t look “right ” don’t keep trimming . Find a good thread and gently pull to selvage on the opposite side and use small tip scissors to cut the 1 thread you pulled. Now pull it totally out -gently . Now you can pull all the threads below the empty channel . I’ve been sewing over 60 yrs and I know I would need to adjust the “2yd” idea I would look like a turtle whose head is half in/out! I’m not such a paper person so I keep looking for fabric thingy .
Thanks for your expert tip! 🙂