DIY Throw Blanket using Wool Scarves

DIY Throw Blanket using Wool Scarves

…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!

Vintage plaid wool scarves from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

England and Ireland and Scotland…oh my!

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.

Cottonball cat is excited on his wool scarves by Sadie Seasongoods

He’s SO EXCITED!

A few days later and a few more scarves acquired, I did it again and Wrigley got in on the hijinks.

cat on wool scarves

…and then it was Wrigley’s turn.

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 hand 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.

Using wool scarves to make a blanket by Sadie Seasongoods

Getting ready to turn these into a project.

I pinned the first two scarves together, overlapping them by one inch.

Creating a wool throw blanket using vintage wool scarves by Sadie Seasongoods

I’m all about the mixed plaids!

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?

DIY wool throw blanket from thrifted plaid scarves by Sadie Seasongoods

Two rows of stitches, one from each side.

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.

DIY plaid blanket using thrifted vintage wool scarves by Sadie Seasongoods

Ready for a football game or picnic!

Isn’t that awesome?? So simple, and I really love the mixing of plaids!! Such a great reuse for tattered old scarves…

Upcycle Repurpose old wool plaid scarves into a throw blanket by Sadie Seasongoods

Ta-da! Yep, love it A LOT.

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.

Tie scarves around trees in winter for homeless and needy by Sadie Seasongoods

We’ll be “littering the town” with some love.

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. What a great idea! I really like the look of all the different plaids pieced together. It looks great on your porch too:). Take care, Tara

  2. Wonder if wool attracts cats? Seems to in your home! Great idea! I always see lots of wool (and other kinds) of scarves at the thrift stores. Would be great blankets for the homeless. I have used pretty scarves that are long as a table runner!

  3. Great way to add plaid to your decor without spending a fortune! I will be on the lookout for plaid scarves from now on!

  4. love the tree scarf idea! and your wool blanket is awesome! I want one so will plan on hitting our local goodwill too! Thanks for the idea!

  5. I think the scarf pay it forward is awesome! and fun!! I love love the way you put all the wool plaid scarves together to make a blanket. I am on a hunt for scarves now!

  6. This is such a great idea, and I love the blanket! I need to start searching for scarves now. Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party – I’m pinning it to my “Spotted at the VIP board here – https://www.pinterest.com/knickoftime/spotted-at-the-vip-vintage-decor-repurposed-projec/

  7. What a completely brilliant idea, and perfect for all kinds of people I know for the holidays. 😉

  8. Hi Sarah, Love this idea! Gotta head to my local goodwill and do some shopping, both for my plaid blanket and for dropping around town. I have some old Woolrich scarves that belonged to my parents that have been sitting in my closet for years, so it’d be good to work those in as well. BTW…noticed you are in Greenville, as in NC? If so, I’m right down the road in Wilmington.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Lynn!! I’m actually in Greenville, South Carolina- so, closer to the western part of your state. I’ve had the Wilmington/Jacksonville/Outer Banks on my to-go list for several years, though. I’d love to do a roadtrip to check out local junk and thrift shops for a Shotgun! post. 🙂

  9. Great idea! I love the blanket.

  10. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    This is such a great idea. Everyone has old scarves they no longer use. You are so creative and talented. I am simply amazed every time I visit your blog.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so, so much, Mary- I can’t tell you how much it means to hear that. A sincere thanks to you!

  11. Great Idea! And so pretty and cozy. After sewing the scarves, did you cut the ends to even up or did you just leave them as is? Thanks!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Fran! I just left the ends as they were- each of the scarves has fringe, so I left them alone…even if they’re not exactly the same length. 🙂

  12. plaids are cool…and such fun to use them again in a better shape 🙂

  13. Jann Olson says:

    Such a fun idea Sarah. I love it! I also love the idea of the scarves around the trees to be passed on to someone else. I also love plaid and just shared a post about how I use it each year. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinning to my what else?, “Mad About Plaid’ board. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    What a fantastic DIY blanket! And such a lovely idea with the scarves on trees!

    #ThursdayFavoriteThings

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  15. Love this idea!!!]

    Found it at Welcome Home Wednesday Link party

  16. Ah…the warmth of a wool blanket! Great idea to make one with wool scarves! Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday! 🙂

  17. This is a great idea! I love the way the plaids look together also!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  18. Two fabulous ideas with one great find! I love the wool throw idea making it out of scarves and I also love the community idea of hanging them on trees. I must go visit my local thrift to see what lovely wool scarves I can find!

  19. What a great idea!! I love making things from other things!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  20. What if all of the scarves are different sizes? Any thoughts? I’d like to go look for some but I’ll bet I don’t find all of the same sizes.

  21. What a neat idea! Love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  22. Both of these are such fun ideas! Thanks for bringing them over to Throwback Thursday. I know that I have a whole box of scarves at home.

  23. These are great ideas! I love the blanket and the sharing of littering with the scarves! Brilliant! Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

  24. Great blanket! Love this idea. It is not only trendy, but a great way to upcycle all those Christmas past scarfs that abound in thrift shops. Looks so cozy too.

  25. You always come up with the most unique ideas. I absolutely love your plaid blanket from thrifted scarves. Thank you for sharing it at Vintage Charm and hope to see you back this week!

  26. Great project!! Thanks for linking the pin up at Pinbellish last week! I loved it so much I’m featuring you at our next party! Congrats!

  27. jessicacoplen says:

    What fantastic ideas…I love both of them equally and for different reasons! I hope the plaid train doesn’t end anytime soon, because I’m not ready to leave it either. I found your blog via the “Your Home Decor and More” link party!

    Jessica @ Finding Purpose Furniture

  28. I love this idea! I never would have thought of it. Plaid is so in and this is perfect! Thanks for linking up to the Your Home Decor & More Link party! 😊 Merry Christmas!

  29. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says:

    Excellent project!!! I’ll have to look out for scarfs while thrift shopping! Thanks for sharing at the Your Home Decor and More link party!! Excited to see what you will share next month. Pinning and sharing

  30. What great ideas! I love the sharing a scarf thing and the blanket. Your cats are too cute. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! So glad you shared it at the link up this week! And I checked out that FB page you mentioned too! Hadn’t heard of it, so glad you introduced me to it 🙂

  32. Beautiful! What a fun and unique idea. I love your kitty cat helpers, too!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  33. I like this idea. Now to shop for some scarves. Thanks for sharing.

  34. What a clever idea, it turned out so cute!

  35. Totally genius, I love the effect of all the different patterns and that it has been made with reused materials!

  36. Brenda carr says:

    Really love this idea thank you !!

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