Mad About Plaid

Fall weather activities like football games and bonfires call for cozy style. Here are two easy DIY projects made with items that may already be in your home.

By: Calli Green

DIY Poncho

Made with a plaid blanket and a belt.

What you’ll need: Fabric, matching thread, sewing machine, scissors, plate, chalk, straight pins, iron

Step 1: Fold the blanket in half, and mark the middle of the top fold. Grab a plate and lay it in the middle at the top, so that it is half on, half off the fabric. Cut the top folded over piece up the line you have marked until you reach the plate. Cut around the plate, forming a half circle at the top.

Step 2: Change your machine settings to a zig zag stitch, and sew that along all of the newly cut raw edges.

Step 3: Fold over the edge ¼ of an inch, and press the edge, making a crease. Switch the machine back to a normal stitch and sew all the way around the creased fold, to finish the edges.

Step 4: Put the blanket on to measure where you would like to place the holes for your belt. Measure and mark the belt hole placement with chalk in the front of the poncho (the piece that is cut).

Step 5: Use your buttonhole option and sewing attachment to make large buttonholes, use sharp scissors to cut the slits in the center of the button/belt holes.

Step 6: Grab a belt to cinch the waist.








DIY Infinity Scarf

Made with vintage wool plaid fabric.

What you’ll need: Fabric, matching thread, sewing machine, scissors


Step 1: Cut two pieces of fabric, 12in. wide by 56in. long.

Step 2: Sew the short ends (right sides) together with a ¼in. stitch to form a large circle.

Step 3: Roll the raw edges around the side of the scarf and sew with a straight stitch over the rolled edge to finish.

Infinity scarves can be worn multiple ways, doubled or tripled, for different looks.