Fast forward to last Wednesday when my kids were both home from school sick. I took the day off because Adam was running a temp. I don't mess with fevers. Anyway, what better opportunity to finally make my blanket than on an unexpected day off from work. I opened the bag of fabric and discovered an old Jo-Ann's flyer tucked inside. It was dated February 2007. It took three and a half years but I am finally getting my very own blanket!
I decided to spread the joy and post a tutorial right here on my blog. There really is no sewing involved. I've gotten so good at these that I can whip one up in less than two hours. I work on my bed while I watch TV to make the time go by faster.
Here's what you'll need to make a blanket:
1. Two pieces of fleece. I like to use a solid and a pattern or two contrasting colors. You can make whatever your little heart desires. I make big blankets. I use 2 yards of each color for a child or to use as a throw. If you're making it for a taller adult or want to use it as a blanket on a bed, I suggest getting 2 1/2 to 3 yards of each color. I used 3 yards for Adam's newest blanket. It's very long but he uses it on his bed and he needs the extra length. Jo-Ann's has their fleece on sale a lot. If it's not on sale, bring two coupons and make two separate purchases (a single cut piece of fabric counts as one item).
2. Scissors, tape measure or ruler, straight pins.
3. A large flat area to spread out your fabric. I always use my queen size bed.
7. See how colorful the fringe looks? This is the edge with the letters that I mentioned earlier. You can't even tell what it looked like before.
All done! Emily took this silly pic of me wrapped up in my new, toasty warm blanket! The nights are getting pretty cold so I'm happy I finally got around to making this.
These make great gifts! Watch for sales on fleece so you can make a warm and cozy blanket for a loved one. If you start now you've got plenty of time to make a few before Christmas. This would also make an awesome baby shower gift.
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