I have throw blankets stashed all over our house. There is a drawer full in the family room, there are three in the living room, several in the bedrooms and there is even one (or two) in my car. When the weather turns cool, nothing is better than wrapping up in a soft and warm throw blanket. If my neck is cold, everything is cold and throw blankets are the perfect solution.
I have had my eye on several amazing plaid wool blankets, but the prices are so high. So, I decided to make a simple no-sew plaid flannel blanket that was very inexpensive and only took 10 minutes. It is part of this month's 10 Minute Decorating Ideas so make sure to click through at the end to see what my friends have also shared this month.
To start with, you will need about 2 yards of fabric. I chose several plaid flannel fabrics. I love working with flannel because they work well with no-sew ideas, they are warm and they are super soft. Depending on fabric sales and coupons, this could be a very inexpensive project.
It is the perfect size to throw on a bed for a cat-nap, on the back of a chair and I am pretty sure it might even work as a blanket scarf.
To start with, you need to trim the edges to a straight line. I can not deny I cringed a bit when the girl cutting the fabric didn't just use the pattern as a guide when cutting. I am pretty sure my eyes must have given me away because my daughter starting laughing to the point of having to walk away. The beauty of plaid is you can use the pattern as your guide to start with a clean and straight end.
This fabric is 44" wide and I measured down and cut a straight line at 60". Then I simply began using the pattern as a guide again, I cut into every 1/4 inch or so to create the fringe pattern. I chose to go two full rows of the pattern, but it is easy enough to go shorter or longer. If your fabric does not have a pattern to guide you, measure and mark a line with chalk and then cut to the line. The fringe does not have to be perfectly spaced out so it really is easy to do it free hand.
After I finished cutting the fringe, I ran a warm iron over it to get the fold marks out of the fabric.
Shortly after I took these photos, my sister came by. She liked it so much, I gave it to her. She actually sat down and chose to fringe the other side as well. It truly only took her five minutes. She is going to keep it in her car and with both sides fringed it can also work as a cape when you have to get out of the car quick or while the car is warming up.
Luckily, I have a stack of more flannel fabric to make more. I also think I am going to figure out how the best measurements and make a few blanket scarves as well. These would make great holiday gifts also. They are simple, quick and inexpensive, so in my opinion, it doesn't get much better than that.
Several of my friends are also sharing their best 10 minute decorating ideas for fall.