Two days ago it was a lovely 75+ degrees here in Southeastern Wisconsin. By yesterday, I woke up to a whopping 50 degrees. Oh, hi fall. I guess you decided to come fast and strong this year. Luckily, I very recently stocked up on sweaters from Twice. Unfortunately, I boxed up a bunch of scarves with my maternity clothes (which makes zero sense but... whatever. I blame sleeplessness and a new baby and the worst winter ever for the errors I made last spring). I love me a good scarf, so I decided to try and whip up my own version of a scarf that will be EVERYWHERE in the next few years: The blanket scarf. Fashion bloggers are going nuts for these giant pieces of flannel, and stores like Zara and J.Crew are selling them for 5 gazillion billionty dollars. Maybe $10 worth of flannel is a little more palatable? It sure as hell is for me!
* 2 pieces of flannel, approximately a yard and a half each
* A sewing machine and an hour of your life
First, put the right sides of the flannel together and line it up as best you can so that if you flip over the fabric on either side, you're going to see the icky/non-printed side.
I like to then pin and sew one side together at this point. Just one. I want it as a base so that before I do any more pinning or ironing or anything else, I know the pieces are where they are suppose to be.
From there, I line the fabric back down on the floor and trim up the sides to make sure the pieces are square. I had to trim up the blue piece of flannel significantly because the fine folks at fabric.com cut it a little wonky. It's cool. I'll forgive them.
Then start sewing the two sides together! Sew... and sew... and then scoop up your infant son when he starts fussing and wants to watch what you're doing from a front row seat. BE SURE TO LEAVE A GOOD 6 INCHES OPEN! This is so you can turn your scarf right side out once you're wrapping up.
Once you've gone around all but the last bit to stitch close, start turning the right side of fabric out through the hole you oh-so-conveniently left so you have your blanket scarf with the printed, pretty side visible. Make sure and get those corners out so it's square!
Take a break to explore your latest Twice delivery because, clothes.
After you get back on track, iron up all the edges to get your scarf nice and flat, and then stitch around the entire thing at around a 1/4 inch.
VOILA! Blanket scarf. It's cozy, reversible and...
It doubles as a lap blanket while you watch Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Because, Ginnifer Goodwin's hair.
**If you want some tips on how to wrap said blanket scarf, check out this blog's tutorial on how to tie your new BFF.**