I am a warm weather girl, but I do love when the weather starts to get cooler and I can break out my boots, my flannel shirts and SCARVES! I love scarves!
I especially love all the super warm and cozy looking plaid blanket scarves that are everywhere right now. And I think they would make such a perfect gift for the holidays. But, I am cheap, and I am not loving the price tags on these scarves (sorry, I am not paying $30+ for a scarf). So, I headed to the fabric store to see if I could make a more budget friendly version.
My intention was to find flannel, but there were no plaid flannels that I liked. Then I found this perfect plaid suit material. It's not fuzzy like flannel, but it is a great, soft, medium weight material which makes it super warm. And the colors were so vibrant that I couldn't resist.
I used 2 yards of fabric to get the correct length, it needed to be long since I wanted to make this into an infinity scarf, but since it was 60" wide, I cut the width in half. I was able to get 2 scarves out of this one piece of fabric, and the cost was under $15 for each scarf!
The first thing you need to do is wash your fabric, once it's dry, fold it in half and cut it into 2 pieces that are 2 yards long and 30" wide.
Now the fun part! To get that perfectly frayed edge, you will need to pull threads from the long sides of your fabric. This works best if you take you time and only pull 2-3 threads at a time. I just eyeballed the length of the fray that I wanted, I think it is close to an inch, but it is totally up to you.
Once you are done with the fraying, sew the short ends together (I did two rows of stitching, just to make it a little stronger), turn your scarf so the seam is on the inside, and you are done!
Because the material is a little heavy, I ran the finished scarf through the washer and dryer 4 or 5 times to just soften it up that much more, and it fluffs up the frayed edge more too.
So, for less than the price of one of the other plaid blanket scarves, I got a scarf for me and one to give as a gift this holiday season. Perfection!
Do you like the cooler weather too? If you do, and love your boots too, be sure to check out how I made a pair of boot socks from a thrifted sweater! Have a great weekend!