We’ve done an unusually crazy amount of traveling this month and I’m glad to be back home and settled in for the cozy holiday season. I *may* already have my mantle decorated with stockings and a faux tree twinkling in our master bedroom. I’m excited to get back to some sewing and my craft room has a pile of fabrics waiting to be made into something awesome or at least pet a bit. I had some yardage of a nice, thick plaid flannel from Jo-Ann leftover from another project and I found myself wanting to just wrap it around my shoulders and cozy up on the deck. With just a few minutes of work, I turned the piece of flannel into an Easy Flannel Fringe Blanket. This is an easy project that anyone can do!
1 ⅔ yards of thick flannel (46″ wide)
matching thread and sewing machine
Step 1: Begin with a single layer of thick flannel – it’s easiest if you have the fabric store cut it to size – I made a nice size rectangle that would work well for throwing around my shoulders or as a lap blanket on the couch. The first step is to stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. Consider how long you want the fringe pieces to be and stitch your first border to the inside of your fabric edge by this amount. For example, I wanted about a 1-inch fringe (rather short) and so I lined up my fabric so that the edge fell 1″ away from the needle – I was then able to stitch a border exactly 1″ inside the perimeter of my fabric. As you stitch down the edge, stop 1″ from the bottom of the fabric, leave your needle in the fabric and turn the fabric so that you can continue sewing down the next side 1″ in. Continue all the way around. Stitch another row ¼″ further inside the first row of stitching. You are obviously not actually sewing anything together – the reason for the stitching is to help the single layer of fabric hold its shape AND it gives you an even line all the way around to keep your fringe even! If you don’t sew, you can skip this step and still make a useable throw blanket.
Step 2: Cut a 1″ square from each corner (adjust for your specific fringe depth).
Step 3: Now, cut your fringe! There’s no right or wrong way to do this – again, cut whatever depth you prefer (1″ shown here) and whatever width you like. If you make your fringe strips too narrow, you’ll have a harder time keeping them uniform and you run the risk of chopping some right off. I did about a ¼″ inch, maybe a hair less. If you’re using a nice plaid, you can use the lines of the print to help guide you with even cuts. Give your hands a few breaks as you work your way all the way around the blanket and before you know it, you’re done!
Make a few and roll them up to give as gifts to your favorite people! These are so versatile and since they pack up small, they’d be great to toss in a college kids suitcase or a sports fan’s car! Have fun!
Comments & Reviews
Just curious, does the fringe fray after washing?
It will fray a bit, but the stitching will keep it from unraveling the into the blanket.
Wow! I really love this! I will definitely be making some of these for Christmas gifts and a few Hostesses gifts for dinner parties in the fall! Thank you so much for sharing. I am also a life long follower of yours now! I’m so glad I opened the link on Pinterest now!
Love it! I’m dying to know where you got your chair?!
uhmm this is one of the most simple, easy & yet SO SO cute & stylish little throw blankets that i have ever seen & i can not wait to go & pick up some flannel to make this… actually i think that i will pick up a bunch of flannel & make a few blankets… & i now have cut my christmas shopping list down to less than half of what it was… THANK YOU, you’re amazing!!
p.s. i just recently found out about your page… i really came on here just to see how you made that flannel throw… but that was about 3hours ago because i keep finding awesome projects to feed my crafting/ diy obsession so just letting you know that you have a lifelong follower over here 😛
keep up the awesome work!
So much better than those fleece blankets. Cotton breathes. Fleece doesn’t. I think I’ll be making a couple of these to get my grandkids to let go of there horrible fleece things. Thank you, thank you.
I love it!!! I can see this being a fun girls night in craft project! Lots of good conversation time while cutting the fringe… I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
That looks really cozy! I love the plaid. Do the edges get more fringe-y after washing?
LOVE this flannel fabric. I bought a bunch and am in the process of making huge blanket scarves with it. Soooo cozy. 🙂
So clever and simple! I love this! Thank you for sharing. I’ll be making one for my son for Christmas. 🙂 Happy Holidays to you!!