How to Tie a Blanket Scarf and 5 Helpful Uses For It

DIY, Fashion / Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

I know that many of us are ready for spring but I’m still relishing in scarf season. When the temperatures drop I love wrapping up in a giant blanket scarf. There are tons of tutorials out there on how to tie a blanket scarf a multitude of ways, but the way I’m going to show you is probably the easiest. It’s my throw on and go staple this time of year and takes only seconds to style. In addition to showing you how I tie my own blanket scarf, I have 5 helpful uses for it that you might not think about. Uses that don’t always include actually wearing it and that can make a huge difference when traveling.

Let’s talk about the obvious use for your blanket scarf first – wearing it!

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes Wears a Blanket Scarf from Ilymix

How to Tie A Blanket Scarf

This is so easy, I almost feel silly explaining it. But if you bought a blanket scarf for the first time and are now wondering how to fit all that fabric stylishly around your neck (and make it look effortless at the same time), here’s how I do it in 3 easy steps.

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes blog wearing a blanket scarf from Ilymix


1 – Take your scarf and fold it into a triangle shape.

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes blog demonstrates How to Style a Blanket Scarf


2 – Fold/roll the long folded edge down a couple of times. You don’t have to do this, but I do it so that it shortens it a bit. I don’t have the longest torso so this works for me.

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes blog demonstrates how to fold and style a blanket scarf


3 – Turn the folded edge towards your neck and bring the ends around behind your head. Tie them once and bring the ends back to the front. Tuck them under the triangular shape of your scarf. Ta-da! You just styled your blanket scarf (and you look cute – give yourself a high five!).

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes blog Shows How to Tie and Style a Blanket Scarf

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes Blog Wearing a Pink and Grey Blanket Scarf from Ilymix

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes Blog Wears a Pink and Grey Plaid Blanket Scarf from Ilymix

How to Tie a Blanket Scarf on Cathedrals and Cafes Blog

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes Wears a Blanket Scarf from Ilymix Styled Around Her Neck

Erin from Cathedrals and Cafes Blog Styled a Blanket Scarf with a two-tone sweater, skinny jeans, and booties

The blanket scarf I’m wearing is from Ilymix and it’s my absolute favorite. I love the pastel pink and grey tones, and it’s just so soft. Perfect for early spring, too. I’ve partnered with Ilymix to bring you a 20% discount on your order. Just enter code ‘erin20’ at checkout! Click here to purchase my scarf. They also have ponchos, hats, beanies, and sunglasses.

Shop my Look

Ilymix Plaid Blanket Scarf | Diane Gilman Sweater (unavailable, other favorites here and here) | Jeans | Booties (similar here and here) | Clutch (similar here and here)

In addition to wearing a blanket scarf around your neck, here are a few different ways that I’ve used mine.

5 Helpful Uses for a Blanket Scarf

1 – Use your blanket scarf as an actual blanket. After all, the word blanket is in the name! I’ve used mine on cold airplanes and trains, so I always remember to pack one when traveling.

2 – Impromptu picnic! Yes, this is another blanket-type use, but sometimes you need a place to sit for a little spontaneous nosh. We love to picnic when we’re in Europe. Many of the public parks encourage it so bring your blanket scarf and live like locals!

3 – Ball it up and use it as a pillow. Blanket scarves are large and have tons of soft and squishy fabric to spare. This makes long layovers a little more bearable.

4 – Wear it as a poncho or a wrap. Secure it with a belt or dress it up with a vintage brooch. Instant outfit update. And oh so warm!

5 – Wrap it around your waist as a skirt. Ok, stay with me on this one. I know it sounds a little weird, but there have been a few times where we’ve wanted to tour a European cathedral or basilica and you have to be respectfully covered up. With a blanket scarf I’m all set.

What are some of your favorite ways to wear a blanket scarf?

xo – Erin

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2 Replies to “How to Tie a Blanket Scarf and 5 Helpful Uses For It”

    1. Thank you, Sofie! It is seriously the softest scarf I’ve ever had. I’m so happy I ordered from Ilymix! Even without my discount, the prices are really good! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

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