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In this Instructable, I'm going to show you a very easy way to make a professional looking blanket out of just a couple of yards of material. This only took me about 15 minutes to complete but yielded a very high quality blanket.

It's a great way to make a simple gift for anyone in your life. I've even made ones for pets when I had smaller remnants of material left over!

I made this at TechShop.

 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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For this project, you'll need the following:

  • Fleece - I chose to make a throw blanket so I used just 4 yards of fabric (2 yards with design and 2 yards solid)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Serging/overlock cone thread - I'm using 100% polyester

TechShop has a serger machine in their textiles area so I used that.

Step 2: Prepare your material

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Lay your two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Be sure that the good side is facing out for both of them.

Use some pins and pin the fabric together around the edges. I just put 3 pins along each side of fabric to hold it in place.

Step 3: Prepare the machine

Threading a serger machine isn't a whole lot of fun. Thankfully there's a shortcut!

The person who used it before me cut their thread above the machine and left it threaded through all the mechanisms. When this happens, you can tie your thread to the end of it and carefully pull it through. Repeat that for each of the 4 threads and you just saved yourself at least 10 minutes!

That trick also saves a lot of time if you wish to change colors of threads. Just cut the old thread, tie the new color to it, and pull it through the machine carefully.

Now that you have it threaded, use some scrap material and run it through the machine. Check to make sure the stitch length looks good and make any adjustments if necessary.