flannel from jo-ann’s
similar chambray here and here
similar jacket here (under $30!) and here

urban outfitters sunglasses


With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m excitedly getting into the holiday spirit. I’ve begun buying a few things for my family, planning out all my holiday DIYs (which, of course, I can hardly wait to show you!), and even catch myself humming Christmas songs during the day! 

But before the holiday spending frenzy begins, I want to take a minute to reflect on one of the greatest parts of the season — giving. Every year my little family makes an effort to help those less fortunate than we are, and this year I wanted to do a little something over here on the blog to help give back, even if it’s just in a small way. So I teamed up with Target and TOMS to share an easy and fun DIY that you can make for friends and family, but also for the less fortunate so you can also give back this season! 

As you might know, TOMS gives a pair of shoes to someone in need for every one pair that is purchased, and this month they’re coming to Target stores and expanding their One-for-One model to give a blanket, a week of meals, or a pair of shoes to someone in need for every TOMS for Target limited edition gift. After hearing about this program, I was inspired to make something to give back to those in my community who need help, so I’m making a bunch of these easy DIY Fringe Scarves and donating them to a local shelter to help a few extra people stay warm this year. And I’m encouraging you to do the same! 

(Just make a few extra and you can cross off a bunch of people on your list at the same time!)
click through to see the full tutorial!

2 yards of 52″ or 60″ wide flannel  
matching thread
Step 1. Take your 2 yards of fabric, and cut it in half so you have two identical strips of fabric, 2 yards long each (and either 26″ wide, or 30″ wide each). 

[optional: skip this step if you want an extra thick scarf]

Step 2. Now it’s time to make the fringe. The fringe will be on the short ends of your scarf. Use a seam ripper to pull the horizontal threads out, leaving the vertical threads intact (since they will be the fringe). The next four images will show the step by step for pulling out the horizontal threads.

Continue to pull the horizontal threads out until your fringe is as long as you’d like (I made mine about 2″ long). This can take a while, so watch some Project Runway while you work ;). Repeat on the other short side of the scarf.

Step 3. Once your fringe is done, it’s time to hem the long sides of the scarf. Fold over each side about one centimeter, then fold over again, and pin in place along the entire long side. Then sew along both sides with a straight stitch, securing the folded edges in place.

And you’re done!

Now wrap it up with a pretty bow and give some to your friends, and some to your local shelter! 

Compensation for this post was provided by Target via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target or AOL.



  1. Natali says:

    Beautiful coat and scarf! You look so pretty!


  2. Aria says:

    Great idea Merrick! I’m going to pick up some flannel this week and make a few scarves. Maybe some kid sized ones to include with our toy donations also.

  3. Janssen says:

    You seriously look amazing in these photos. I think you were made for jewel tones.

  4. Stephanie Kirk says:

    Is the the thicker shirt flannel or just any old stuff? πŸ™‚ I love it. If we weren’t getting a blizzard today in MN I’d head to the store. Good timing

  5. Lovely idea. Can’t wait to try!

  6. Shae says:

    Such a great idea! Love it!

    S. Roderick

  7. ooo i can’t wait to try it! you’re adorable πŸ™‚


  8. Oh my goodness…I bet you honestly give THE BEST Christmas gifts! If thy are anything like these scarves I wish I was on your list! πŸ™‚ Xo, Alison


  9. These are awesome! The perfect gifts for friends and family, I am going to have to make some of these.

    I did a scarf on my blog today too, except mine was refashioned πŸ˜€

  10. Garnetto says:

    Love it! Straight on my DIY to do list!


    Katherine, England.


  11. Amanda G. says:

    Love this idea! Glad it makes two! one for myself! πŸ˜‰

  12. Lisa Crookston says:

    Love, love, love this!! Thank you!

  13. Mallory says:

    I love this tutorial! I recently went to Joann’s and saw all the flannel and was inspired to make a scarf but had no idea where to begin. Thanks for the tips, now I can buy the fabric and make a great scarf.

    <3 Mallory


  14. Marie says:

    I really love your scarf ! Really πŸ™‚

  15. This is such a ridiculously good idea! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Jessica says:

    What a cute scarf! And so easy. We are coming in to summer here in Australia but I will be keeping this tutorial handy for next Winter!


  17. Kenzie says:

    Love these!! Where did you buy your fabric?

  18. Marian says:

    I love the way you tied your scarf. How did you get it too look so great? Mine never turns out looking right.

    • Merrick says:

      It’s folded in half to become a triangle, and then tied kind of like a bandana — hope that helps!

      • Holly Simon says:

        Maybe I’m just missing something, but I can’t picture this. If you’re cutting it in half to make two scarves then it’s a long rectangle, not a square. How can you fold it in half to make a triangle? Any way you’d be willing to do a mini tutorial showing how you wear it?

      • Merrick says:

        I didn’t cut my fabric in half, so it was more of a square shape. If you do cut yours in half to make two long skinny ones, then you won’t be able to wrap it like this. Hope that helps!

  19. katieklop says:

    Love these scarves! Thanks for the tutorial. I ran right out to Joann’s and bought some of this fabric. I thought I cut the sizes right, but when I tried to wrap the scarf as I usually do (starting the middle of the scarf in the front of my neck, looping around behind my neck, crossing the ends and bring them forward to hand in the front), it seemed quite short. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      I thought it ended up being short too. I wish I had bought a full 2 yards, or even 2.5 yards of fabric. But I just read below the way she has it tied in the pictures (like a bandana) so that might make this scarf wearable. The disappointing thing is that I bought fabric to make scarves as gifts and now I think I’ll either have to include wearing instructions, or go buy longer pieces of fabric.

      • Merrick says:

        You can cut the fabric in half and sew the ends together to make an extra long scarf if you’d like — hope that helps! Sorry it’s too short for you!

  20. Kayla says:

    Busy mom of new baby here…..approximately how long did it take you to do one of these? =) Love this, thanks for the super easy DIY!

    • Merrick says:

      The fringe part took the longest, because it’s not super quick work. I probably spent an hour just doing the fringe. But the rest of it comes together in twenty minutes or less!

  21. Delia says:

    You are super cute Merrick…as always! I totally made some similar scarves (but still different) and am about to blog them and then saw this. Great minds situation. πŸ™‚ I just wanted to check in with you and let you know I’m not trying to be a creepy copycat blogger. πŸ˜‰

  22. Kaitlin Rackham says:

    Since you cut the fabric in half, could you make two scarves from one piece of fabric? Maybe that’s obvious but just wanted to check…

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