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  • World's Easiest Last-Minute Gift

    Handmade scarf made from Robert Kauffman plaid flannel. Handmade scarf made from Robert Kauffman plaid flannel.

    Now that we’re in single-digit days before Christmas, we’re sure that all of your gifts are all ready, wrapped, and under the tree. Er… not quite? If you’re in need of a last-minute gift or two, we have a fabulous (fast) project. A handmade scarf with gorgeous, cozy fabrics – for men or women – is easy to make and sure to get lots of wear this winter.

    Robert Kauffman's plaid flannels are cozy and come in lots of colors! Robert Kauffman's plaid flannels are cozy and come in lots of colors!

    We made our scarves from our Robert Kauffman line of plaid flannels, which are thick, cozy, and come in a variety of cheerful colors. We also made some lighter-weight scarves out of the beautiful Anna Maria Horner wovens, which have a luxurious feel, nice drape, and unique designs.

    Anna Maria Horner's Anna Maria Horner's "Loominous" line.

    First, get 2 yards of fabric. Next, cut your fabric in half length-wise, so you end up with two long rectangles. Each one will make a full-length scarf. Then, beginning at one of the short ends, start pulling the horizontal threads out to create the fringe. We found that a sharp thread tweezers work well for this purpose. Some may find this tedious, but others of us find it oddly satisfying…especially when paired with a favorite TV show. Once your fringe is long enough for your liking, do the other side the same way.

    Pulling out horizontal threads one by one. Pulling out horizontal threads one by one.

    Finally, press the long edges of the scarf under twice and simply stitch up. And voila, you have a beautiful, handmade gift to give away – and enough fabric to make a duplicate for yourself!

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