Being a teacher myself, I try really hard to give useful gifts that are thoughtful and creative. There are tons of gifts out there that are, while adorable, not that high on a teacher’s wish list. So this year, I thought for quite a while about what to give before finally settling on this no sew blanket scarf.
I used the tutorial from Christina at DIY Mommy, who was great about giving me tips about finding fabric. At my fabric store, they called it plaid shirting. It is a little thinner than you would expect flannel to be, but as Christina pointed out to me, that will work great since there is so much volume to the scarf. Look at the amazing prints! I’m in love with the colors.
I purchased 1.5 meters for each scarf – one was at the end of the roll and they ended up giving me closer to 2 meters. Now here’s the crazy part… this fabric was $4 a meter! So the total cost was $6 a scarf. Yet when I looked for blanket scarves at the store, the cheapest one I could find was $26!
This is one of the simplest projects I have ever worked on. You pull threads out on each edge to create a fringe, iron, fold, and wrap with ribbon. Fifteen minutes later, you’re done.
To finish it off, you can print one of these adorable gift tags. They have a silver and gold bokeh background with a cute message of warmth, which ties in with the scarf. (Ties, scarf… get it? No? No one?) To print, click on the color of your choice to enlarge it, then right click on the enlarged image and choose “save image”. I’ve left a space to write the recipients name and the givers name – to do this, I used a script font (my all time favourite, Mulberry Script) and rotated it -10 degrees. It looks so fancy! (You could also hand letter it. I saw that Amy over at One Artsy Mama just shared a post on learning how to handletter.)
Pretty cute for under $10 and 10 minutes, right? I plan to place some Lindt chocolate inside the box with the scarf, because what could be better than eating chocolate while being cozy?!
What do you have planned for your children’s teachers this year? Share your ideas below so we can all inspire each other!