How to Make a Cute Long Vest Out of an Old Blanket in 4 Easy Steps

by Janel
5 Materials
2 Hours

When cold days call for a warm and snuggly wrap-around, then this DIY blanket vest is your best bet! Not only is it an excellent way to upcycle your old blanket-style fabrics, but it has the relaxed, boho vibe to it, which is pretty trendy right now.

Learn how to make a vest the easy way with my straightforward blanket vest tutorial.

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Blanket fabric 
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Measuring tape
Blanket for the DIY vest

1. Stitch the raw edges

If you’re using a plaid-like blanket material, it’s best to stitch around the raw edges so that the ends don’t fray. 

Folding and measuring the blanket

2. Measure the DIY vest

Fold your fabric in half and measure the corner. 

Marking the shoulders for the DIY vest

Measure across by about 18 inches. Then, from the 18-inch mark, measure 9 inches down and make another mark. This will be for the shoulder area. 

How to make a blanket scarf into a vest

When you open the fabric, you should have a center mark (where the fold was) and two shoulder marks on either side. 

Drawing the armholes

Then, draw an armhole. You can measure your shoulder to armhole area to get an idea of how big and long it should be. 

Cutting out the armholes from the blanket

3. Cut the armholes

Once you’ve drawn the armhole area, go ahead and cut it. I did eyeball the measurements, but as I mentioned, it’s good practice to measure beforehand. 

Using one armhole to trace the other

To cut the armhole for the other side, use that piece of cut fabric, flip it around, so it’s reversed, and cut around the shape. This way, your armholes will be the same size. 

Easy blanket vest DIY

I had to adjust the armholes; they were way smaller than I thought. The trick is to start small and adjust as needed. If you cut a big hole, you won’t be able to adjust it. 

Sewing the armholes for the DIY vest

4. Finish off the armholes

As mentioned, this fabric frays a lot. So, it’s a good idea to head on over to your sewing machine and finish off the armholes with a zigzag stitch. 

Trimming the frays

Then, trim off any extra frays. 

Blanket vest DIY

How to make a blanket vest

That’s all there is to it! Now, you know how to make a vest the easy way! It’s the perfect tutorial for beginners, giving you a feel of stitching and cutting fabric.

I think this DIY blanket vest looks fab! The beautiful blue plaid pattern goes well with denim or plain black pants. 

How to make a vest out of a blanket

You can also wear a thick statement belt if you’re looking for a more formal look. There you have it, just a couple of simple steps, and you’re good to go! Thanks for tuning in. 

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Blanket fabric
  • Sewing machine
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  • Patrice Patrice on Jan 28, 2022

    I like your idea a lot, and it looks great on you. If you had a little extra blanket fabric to make binding for the cut edges, that would elevate the look. I might even try sleeves, because I’m cold looking at the short-sleeved tee. I think I’m gonna need a bigger blanket! Seriously, love the look, especially with the belt, which gives it an Outlander vibe—always a good thing in my book. 👍👍