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Blanket or pillow? You decide!

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This is a great craft if your mom, like mine, spends a lot of her time sitting on hard bleachers, or out in the cold, watching your game.

It is a large fleece blanket that folds into a comfy fleece pillow. You can even add straps out of reinforced fleece for her to use it as a lightweight purse!

This is a VERY easy sewing craft. You only need to know how to measure, and sew three straight lines.
 
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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

If you want to make the blanket with only one color, you will need 2 1/2 yards of fleece
If you want the blanket and pillow part to be out of different fabrics, you will need 2 yards of the blanket fleece and 1/2 yard of the pillow fleece. The two colors can be your team's colors, or you can use a pattern and a solid, as in the picture.

Needle and thread

Scissors

Measuring tape


Step 2: Cutting the pillow

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If you are using only one color, lay out your fleece and find one of the shorter sides. Measure 20 inches up from the edge, and a strip off the bottom of the fabric, 20 inches wide. Then measure 20 inches from the short side of your strip, and cut. You will end up with one 20in by 20in square of fabric.

If you are using a different color for the pillow part, measure a 20in by 20in square and cut.

(Optional) If you want to decorate your pillow, now is the time to do it. Get creative, use ribbon, buttons, fabric paint, whatever you can find. Just remember that you will be sewing about half an inch in from three of the sides, so don't put anything there you can't sew through.
scluck551 year ago
If you lay the 20" piece face down on the blanket and sew 3 sides, when do you turn it right side out?
scluck551 year ago
Your 2nd sentence in Step 2 does not make sense. I think you left out "cut".
squeeks2u23 years ago
Instead of leaving the edge side open for the pocket, if you leave the opposite side open, when used as a blanket, you can stick your feet in the pocket to keep warm. Of course this would mean that it would be the bottom side as a blanket.
you could also sew one pocket on the reverse side of the one you would tuck the rest of the blanket in and have a pocket to put your feet in.
Pretty Girl2 years ago
Thanks for using contrasting material!
This is a great project! I love the simplicity!
santis3084 years ago
QUILLOW!!!!! when i was little we had these. i thought the pocket was for my feet until my grandpa told me how to use it
 I still use the pillow for my feet :)
Shesu4 years ago
I used to have one of these! (Can't remember where it is now.) We called it a quillow. Sometimes we'd fold out the blanket, stuff the pocket with something like a couple t-shirts, and then use it like a light-weight sleeping bag (but of course it wasn't really a bag). Fun times. :D
KMOM145 years ago
Fabulous idea! Not only good for sporting events. but would be good to make for young children in daycare or school if they have naptime and storytelling activities
DebH575 years ago
This is really nice, I will be making lots of christmas presents with this idea. Thank you.
suek19575 years ago
Love it, keep one in the car for emergencys or sleeping kids...takes up hardly any room.
This looks great! I must try it.
Shamora12885 years ago
This is really cool, especially for soccer moms! I'm going to put my little brother's number on one. Thanks!
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