One Neutral Fabric Four Different Ways

Have you guys been to the fabric store lately? There are so many beautiful things to choose from. I had a coupon that was set to expire at the end of January so I headed to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in search of a few things. It’s been a long time since I’ve shopped for fabrics. I mostly pick up vintage fabrics when I find them at thrift stores or estate sales so it was fun to look at new patterns and textures.

Since the weather in Florida has been so crazy lately I picked up the prettiest neutral (think greige) lightweight flannel fabric. It’s perfect for the times where one week it is freezing and we’re making a run for firewood.  Followed by the next week, it’s warm in the morning but chilly by the afternoon because a downpour at lunch cooled things off. I’ve been living in layers for the past few months because you never really know what to expect.

The flannel fabric was a bargain at $2.79/yard and since it was 42” wide it made it perfect for several projects. The fabric is great for a basic cozy flannel blanket. You need at least 1 ½ – 2 yards of fabric to make the blanket long enough to use during family movie night.

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I love the bit of fraying on the edges because it looks worn.


The fabric is light enough to drape over a chair or to fold in a basket for the living room without being too bulky.


Creating a table runner with this fabric is easy too. Just measure the length of your table and allow 5-6 inches of fabric overhang on each side. Carefully using a pair of fabric scissors or a rotary cutting tool (they will both be really sharp so use caution and care), cut 1 inch pieces of fabric on the ends giving the table runner a tassel like effect.

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A third idea for this fabric is to make pillows out of it and use pretty accents like vintage crochet pieces or scrap fabric too. You can find Heat N’ Bond at the craft store and you literally fuse the fabric together with the heat strips and an iron.

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Finally, don’t think I’m crazy; this color is so neutral it’s totally perfect for a scarf to keep you warm when you’re headed out to dinner and a movie this weekend. Use the same technique for cutting as with the table runner. Since this fabric is 42” wide it offers plenty of width and length to create scarf that can be worn with all your winter favorites.

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I still have a few presents to pick up so while I’m out, I’m heading back to the store to find a totally fantastic shade of gray in this flannel fabric. We need a few new pillows in the living room and on the front porch too.

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See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ve added a few new touches to the breakfast area as you may have noticed in a few shots of this post. For realz, I’m in full winter nesting mode.

Many blessings,


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  1. Beautiful fabric, Coco! I love the coziness of a lightweight soft flannel. Will have to do some shopping! 🙂

    1. They had a lot of different colors at great prices so I’m hoping to do a little more shopping myself. I can’t wait to see what you pick up 🙂

  2. Hey CoCo – We love your creative ideas for this pretty flannel fabric…especially the fringed table runner! It’s amazing what inspiration can bring from a single piece of fabric. Well done!

    1. Thanks so much ladies! I am all about rocking the cozy neutrals 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  3. Coco I looove all 4 projects that you made ! How fun and what beautiful fabric! There are not many places to buy fabric in Canada (go figure?!) so every time I am in the States Joanne’s is always on my list of stops 🙂 I LOVE that place but there is always so much to choose from 🙂 Have fun snuggling up with that lovely fabric this weekend 🙂 Hugs, Lisa

    1. I appreciate it, Lisa, thank you! I have to go with a set list when I shop in that store or things just tend to hop in my buggy ha ha. I wish you lived closer, we could have so much fun shopping together. Hope your day is totally fabulous, CoCo

  4. Coco, that throw is exactly what I need. Great idea! I am gong shopping. Thanks for sharing at #overthmoon! Please visit Wonderful Wednesday if you are in the neighborhood! Have a great week.

    1. It’s nice when you can find fabric that can be used multiple ways! It’s soft and neutral – my fave 🙂 Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

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