Living in California…we’re not really privy to all of the winter fashion trends that much of the world is accustomed to. Our idea of winter at our barn means a light rain jacket layered over a softshell or sweatshirt and maybe our normal riding gloves. Hats and scarves rarely make it into the picture. However our recent trip to Chicago revealed a big trend that we quickly became obsessed with (still on trend after a full winter of love last year): the Blanket Scarf.
We purchased one of these at Zara thinking it was brilliant to have a blanket we can carry with us always (particularly for movie dates or cool evening dinners). It is this big, poofy monstrosity that really is only sorta practical, but we love it anyways. Our first thought was “This would be great for the barn…if it was more manageable.” We set out to find fabric just a day or two after returning to California so we could make our own…sized down version. This is likely the easiest DIY project we’ll ever do.
We chose a lovely menswear style fabric that is soft, warm, but not too fluffy or thick. You can pick any fabric you want…as long as it’s woven and not a knit (there are some beautiful plaid flannels out there this time of year). We recommend you go with a coupon if possible (our fabric cost us less than $5).
1. All you need is scissors and your fabric of choice. Your fabric yardage depends on your desired size. We had 1 yard cut which ended up being 1 yard x 1.5 yards. You can easily size up and if you want a square, check your yardage ratio before cutting. We decided for a rectangular and sized down version. We were looking for something more manageable we could wear to the barn on the colder days.
2. Trim the finished edges off the fabric so you can create the fringe. Try and keep this as straight as possible so you don’t end up having to trim later. Try and trim the unfinished ends as straight as possible too if you have a pattern that helps you see the weave. It’s likely the cutter at the fabric store won’t have done a perfect job. If it’s not straight, you’ll run into a little problem…but not one you can’t handle (see #4).
3. Start to pull threads from the end of each edge to create a fringe. The straighter the cut with the weave of the fabric, the easier this is to do (please note, the fabric we bought made it all but impossible to judge the weave direction, so it was harder to do a straight cut).
4. You’ll notice quickly if your edge isn’t’ straight as your fringe will not be uniform (if you cut perfectly straight with the weave of the fabric, you won’t have this problem). You can always go back and trim up the fringe to be straight. Note this photo is of the edge mid-trimming. You can see on the top that the fringe is not even at all…and so we’re fixing it by trimming an even edge starting from the bottom. We lost maybe an inch total to our scarf by having to trim up the edges in this manner on the unfinished sides.