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!)
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!