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Tartan Trappings

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I love the nod to tartan and plaid patterning that’s happening this fall in fashion, especially when the nod comes in the form of a cozy scarf. Last weekend, I picked up a few yards of a cotton flannel plaid, and by simply fraying the edges, created a scarf that will carry me into the winter months with warmth and style. (Though I’m keeping mine for myself, you could easily fray up a bunch of these for Holiday gifts that are right on trend!)

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Materials List:

  • 2 Yards of your chosen tartan fabric. I used cotton flannel that I picked up in store at Joann Fabrics.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

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Step 1. Cut down the width of your fabric so that it’s roughly 25″ wide (x 72″ long). Use the fabric’s plaid grid as a guide when cutting your fabric down to size to help you create straight, clean cuts.

Step 2. To achieve the fringe on the ends of the scarf, simply remove the fabric’s weft yarns (the yarns that run left to right) along the short side of the fabric. Continue removing yarns until you’ve reached your desired fringe length. I chose to do a 1-3/4″ fringe.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 on the opposite end of the fabric, so that you have fringe on both of the short sides of the scarf.

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This same technique could also be used to make a throw simply by buying an extra yard of fabric and leaving it at it’s full width instead of cutting it down.

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If giving as a gift, roll the scarf up tightly and secure with leather or suede string!

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  • shannon
    December 16, 2013 at 3:13 am

    how do you stop it from fraying

    • francoisetmoi
      December 16, 2013 at 4:04 am

      Hi Shannon!
      Good question. If you’re worried about fraying, you could use a sewing machine to add a zigzag stitch above the fringe and on the raw edges. I left the edges raw, because the flannel I used was very tightly woven and didn’t fray unless I intentionally pulled out the yarns.

  • E
    December 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Do you know of a faster way of fraying the ends? It is really tedious and time consuming to remove each woven thread one by one. Thanks.

    • francoisetmoi
      December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Hi E,
      I’m not familiar with a faster way to fray the ends. If you discover a faster way, please let us all know.
      Thank you!

      • Jenn
        September 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

        Using a pin or long needle (long enough to be able to grasp) to tease out the ends of the fabric makes it quite a bit faster. If you are fraying all sides, starting by picking a few threads from each side instead of trying to just work from one side.

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    I love this. I know at least a couple people who will be getting one this Christmas! Great post!!

  • l
    November 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Did you wash the flannel before you made the scarf?

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