How to Make a Blanket Scarf

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Learn how to make a blanket scarf with plaid flannel fabric that is perfect for gifts. This scarf has minimal sewing and a lot of fraying.

My favorite scarf to wear in the winter is a blanket scarf. They are so warm and cozy, and it keeps my whole neck warm. If I’m really cold I even tuck the bottom of my face into the scarf to keep warm.

This blanket scarf has only a little bit of sewing. The sewing is to remind you where to end the fringe and to bring stability to the edge of the scarf. You can skip it, but I like not having to worry about problems in the future.

how to make a blanket scarf

There are so many fun plaids that make the perfect scarf! I used a lightweight plaid flannel for this DIY blanket scarf. It would be fun to make both a bright and colorful scarf along with a simple neutral one, so you would always have one to wear with your different outfits.

Do you love sewing? Here are some fun tips that will help:

how to make a blanket scarf

How to Make a Blanket Scarf


Fabric that is lightweight and has a loose weave is the easiest to use. I used a green buffalo plaid to make my blanket scarf.

flannel plaid fabric

Most flannel fabric comes about 44 inches wide.

Cut a large square of fabric that is 44 inches wide and 44 inches tall.

cut square of fabric

Decide how tall you want your fringe to be. I decided to make my fringe as tall as one plaid square.

My plaid is an identical height from all sides. If your plaid changes height depending on which side you are on, then mark the same height on each side of the square.

Make three evenly distributed cuts that are the height of your fringe on each side. Pull the long threads out to create fringe. I found a seam ripper helped me get ahold of the tiny threads.

pull threads to fray

Pull the threads out until you read the height you want for your fringe. I found this part to be easy but time consuming. It’s the eaisest to pull two threads at a time.

determine length of fringe

Once I was done creating the fringe, I sewed a regular straight stitch just inside the fringe all the way around the scarf. I didn’t have a problem sewing the stitch at the end.

If you need a guide for your fringe height, I recommend sewing the stitch at the beginning instead of at the end.

blanket scarf frayed edge

To wear the scarf I fold it in half from corner to corner creating a triangle. I place the point in the front on my chest and the I wrap each side point back around my neck. Sometimes I tie the back of the scarf in a knot, and sometimes I don’t.

how to make a blanket scarf

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

how to make a blanket scarf

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