Not thrilled about the idea of shelling out big bucks for a blanket scarf? Can’t find one you like in stores? Or are you just a sucker for a DIY project? If you answered yes to any of these questions we’ve got good news for you: “Blanket scarves are so easy to make,” says Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, co-founder of Livari Clothing. (They’re also the perfect handmade gift for a friend, she says.) St. Bernard-Jacobs says the hardest part is picking the perfect fabric, but offers this advice, “rub the swatch against your face and if you instantly want to cuddle with it, you have a winner.” When choosing a fabric just keep in mind that a blanket scarf usually has a cozy, winter-y vibe so prints like plaid, tweed, and windowpane work really well.
Here, St. Bernard-Jacobs offers five easy steps to making your own blanket scarf at home, no sewing machine required:
Step 1: Choose the fabric that’s right for your look, focusing on anything that’s super-soft to the touch.
Step 2: Measure the amount of fabric you’ll need by wrapping it around your torso so you’re completely covered (no need for measuring tape!).
Step 3: Cut the fabric, then use a pin at the edge to pull out the first few lines of stitches. This will fray the ends a bit.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on all four sides of the fabric.
Step 5: Trim any loose or stray threads and voila! You’ve got yourself a blanket scarf with a boho-inspired frayed edge.