Head over to Pinterest and search "How to wear a blanket scarf." Go ahead, I'll wait. Did you see all the different ways you can tie, drape, fold and wrap them? It's like a hug made of plaid. For some reason, with a drawer stuffed full of scarves, I did not have a single one of these in my wardrobe. Fixed that, and I'll show you how. With a coupon from a big box fabric store, I was able to make this for around $10.
These almost always seem to be plaid. You won't find me complaining because it's one of my favorite patterns, but if it's not your thing you could certainly make one from a print or solid of your choice. The secret is the type of fabric. You typically want a flannel, but the design should be woven, rather than printed. Woven design fabric looks the same on both sides, because the threads are colored, then woven. Printed fabric is only good on one side, because the fabric is woven first, then printed with the design. You'll often have better luck finding woven in the apparel fabrics department.
I'd recommend at least 2 yards of 42 – 44" wide fabric for this project, and more if you'd like it fuller and longer. Mine is actually just under 2 yards because I bought what was left on a bolt.
Trim all of the edges, including completely removing the selvedge on the long edges. This is where it's especially nice to use plaid, because you can just cut following the lines in the pattern.
With some fabrics, it's difficult to tell if you've removed the entire selvedge. An easy way to figure it out is to pull away a thread from the corner. If it unravels, you're good.
Stitch all the way around the scarf at the distance equal to the length you'd like your fringe. Pivot at the corners. I started with 2", but realized the insanity of that after I'd started and added a second row of stitching at 1". You can't see the first row unless you're looking for it. I think 2" would have taken away too much of the scarf anyway, and 1" looks perfect.
Now for the fun part. Start pulling away the threads at the edge of one side of your scarf. Using the tip of a pin is helpful for getting the thread started. This is going to seem really easy for the first few. After that, the edge of the fringe starts to get a little fuzzy. That's a good thing, because it's what gives your fringe dimension, but it tends to tangle and make it difficult to pull the threads out.
To combat this, lay the scarf out on a table with the edge you want to fringe in front of you. Pull the end of a thread loose on your right corner. Make sure it's only one thread, and that it's the NEXT thread. It's tempting to try to do multiples at a time, but it will just end in frustration.
Hold that thread with your right hand. With your left hand, gently push the fabric down the thread to the left in a gathering motion.
Keep pushing the gathers toward your left until you feel the left end of the thread come loose. After that, you should be able to finish pulling the thread out to your right. If your thread breaks, track it down and finish removing it before moving on to the next one.
It took me three sides to figure out this technique worked best. It totalled about 1 1/2 hours to fringe the entire scarf, but that last side was much faster than the others, and it was one of the longest. I'm sure I could do this in under an hour now.
Stop pulling threads when you reach your stitching line. This is what I had left at the end. See how the threads at the top are longer and smoother? Those are from that last side.
I can see why they call this a blanket scarf.
One of the things I love about these is that there are SO many different ways you can wear them.
Messy is where it's at.
Or a little more refined, maybe with a belt. Flexibility is where it's at?
This, with a jacket.
I feel like this would be the perfect accessory to my coffee cup. Any coffee cup.
Next up, red and black buffalo check, just as soon as I find some!