Little did my mom know that when she declared the Christmas of 1971 as a “Handmade Holiday,” she changed my life forever. I can still remember feeling so honored and loved when even my dad, who was Mr. Busy and Mr. Uncrafty, spent time putting together presents he thought we would enjoy. The huge mosaic he made from our shag carpet remnants hung on the wall above the piano for years. The fabric-covered hanging lamp he made for me hung above my bed until I went to college. It was this Christmas that began my own “Handmade Journey.”
Today, I’m still on that journey. It has become such a part of who I am today. All seems right with the world when I’m able to design, create and share my sewing adventures with you.
If you’ve declared your own Handmade Holiday this season, a flannel fringe scarf is an easy, stylish gift to make for anyone on your list.
Things You’ll Need
- 2 yards of woven flannel fabric
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- Seam ripper
- Sewing Machine
To make two full scarves, like the one shown in the image above, cut the 2-yard piece of flannel in half lengthwise, so you end up with two 22 1/2-by-72-inch pieces of fabric.
To make four narrower scarves, cut your fabric lengthwise again so you have four pieces of flannel 11 1/4 inches wide by 72 inches long.
Use a seam ripper to pull one thread from the short side of the flannel.
Then pull the thread out with your fingers.
The next part takes a while, so put your feet up, get comfortable and put in some of your favorite music. Continue pulling threads, one at a time, from the short ends of the flannel until you have created 2 inches of fringe.
If you’re feeling super ambitious, you could fringe out all four sides of the fabric. This would look nice as well.
If you’ve created fringe only on the two short sides of the scarf, fold over 1/8 inch along both of the long, raw edges and press. Fold 1/8 inch over again, press and pin.
Sew along the pin lines, removing the pins as you sew.
Fold it up, add a pretty ribbon and you’ve got a great holiday gift.
Happy Handmade Holidays!