…And my “Mad for Plaid” train continues to chug along- hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet!! I think this is a pretty fun idea for Fall-turn-Winter décor, and it’s brilliantly easy to do.
SO. Here’s how this all started.
A page that I follow on Facebook posted this GREAT idea to do in colder climates- tie winter scarves on trees around your town with a little tag that says something like, “I’m not lost! If you’re stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm.” How awesome is that?
So, I went to a few thrift shops to gather some scarves for this little charitable deed and was awestruck by all of the gorgeous vintage wool scarves for sale…for, like, a dollar each! Each one had a little flaw here and there- a snag, a moth-eaten hole, etc. But I threw them in my cart anyway- it was like a passport through the UK!
When I got home, I set aside my tree-tying scarves to be washed and mended, and laid out all of my plaid wool scarves on the floor. I needed to inspect them more closely…
Well, wouldn’t you know it but Cottonball got all kinds of excited and jumped on my scarves.
A few days later and a few more scarves acquired, I did it again and Wrigley got in on the hijinks.
Crazy kitties! BUT, I got an idea in my head about a project to do with my extra scarves…I’d make a throw blanket! I don’t own a gorgeous vintage wool throw, like the ones you see in mountain cabins and ski chalets- those blankets can get pricey! But for a few dollars, I could make my own patchwork version… without destroying the scarves in the process! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Creating a DIY Wool Throw
I carefully washed them and even ironed them a little, all very carefully since they are indeed wool. Then, I decided on an order for my blanket-to-be.
I pinned the first two scarves together, overlapping them by one inch.
With my sewing machine, I carefully stitched right along the edge of the top scarf. When I was done, I flipped it over, and again stitched along the edge of the now-on-top scarf, thus avoiding an “overlap flap”. So, each seam had two lines of stitches- does that make sense?
I did this over and over again with each consecutive scarf. And when the pins were removed and the thread tails snipped, I had a fantastic mixed-plaid throw blanket!
The Big Reveal
Perfect for fall picnics, keeping warm at bonfires, or just used as winter décor.
Isn’t that awesome?? So simple, and I really love the mixing of plaids!! Such a great reuse for tattered old scarves…
But before I sign off, back to the original catalyst that launched this project- the good scarf deed! I’ve got lots of other scarves ready to be “littered” around Greenville later this month. AND I’ve recruited several like-minded friends who wanted to join in- leave it to me to turn it into a social event! But hey, there will be even more scarves available to those in need as the temperature plummets.