Introduction: Make Your Own Snuggie

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Now you can make your own Snuggie style blanket with this free pattern! 

Tired of the weird color choices and less-than-plush fabric the commercial Snuggies offer you?
Finally, you can make your own out of any color and pattern you choose! 

I went with super thick leopard print (of course!) fleece.  But with the variety of novelty print fleece on the market, and the ability to change up the colors all you want, you can finally have the Snuggie style blanket of your dreams.

Even though I joked about it at first, I've finally given into the temptation of the Snuggie.  It keeps me super warm during all of my lounging, knitting, reading and internet surfing.  Jealous? I know you secretly are.  And if you're a doubter, it's clear you have not yet enjoyed the sweet sweet embrace of your own custom snuggie. 

It's everything you love about a blanket plus sleeves!

Now, you can make one for kids too.

please save your backwards bathrobe comments for the end.

Step 1: Supplies

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This is a great opportunity to repurpose some fleece blankets you have lying around that aren't getting the job done.  You'll want two - one for the body, one for the sleeves.

If however, you don't have fleece blankets lying around and that's why you need the Snuggie in the first place, well, then you're gonna need 3 yards (2.7 meters) of fabric.  That may seem like a lot, but 2/3 of a yard (0.6m) goes into the sleeves.  If you're well over 6' (180cm), you probably want to go with 3 1/2yds (3.2m).

Also, scissors, chalk, a ruler and a sewing machine.  I used a serger for this project, and if you have one, you can either serge of flatlock the seams together, according to you manual.  If you don't have a serger, a straight-up sewing machine is really all you need.  The edges of fleece don't fray, so you don't have to worry about how to treat the cut edges!

If you don't have a sewing machine, don't fret! You can totally sew this by hand.  There are only four seams to sew!

Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once. Ok, Twice.

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The first thing you'll want to do is even up the cut edge of the fleece.  If you're using blankets, this part is done for you!  If not, the easiest thing to do is align the selvage edge (the long side) with the edge of a table and align the cut edge with the perpendicular edge of the table.  This is your straight edge guide, so trim away!  Repeat on opposite end.

Now check out the diagram I drew up of how you're going to cut down your fabric.  This should give you a good overall idea of what the next few steps will entail.

Next, measure up 24" (61cm) from the newly cut edge and mark a line across the fabric.  This is where you'll cut to make the sleeves.

Fold the newly cut 24" (61cm) long piece in half lengthwise and cut along the fold to make two rectangles for your sleeves.  No, rectangle isn't the traditional shape for a sleeve, but I'm trying to make this easy here, and frankly, I ended up enjoying my rectangular sleeves!

Step 3: Make Armholes

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A 6"x9" (15cm x 23cm) oval is a pretty good shape for most adult armholes.

I've provided a scan of the oval I made out of paper for this purpose, because I don't have the right software today to draw one for you digitally.  :D

Fold the large piece of fabric in half lengthwise.  Measure down from the top 12-14" (30-36cm) and in from the fold 10-11" (25-28cm) depending on your preference.  Place the edges of the oval template at these measurements.

Trace the oval in chalk.  Remove the paper pattern.  Pin the fabric together well and cut out the oval from both layers of fabric.

Step 4: Sew It All Together

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Make the sleeves by folding in half and pinning together the two shorter sides.  Sew along this seam with 1/2" (15mm) seam allowance.

Next, pin the edge of the sleeve to the circle you cut out for the armhole.  It's hard to illustrate in a photograph, but it's pretty easy to figure out in person.  Make sure you're pinning the outsides (right sides) of the fabric together. Just ease the edge of the sleeve to fit into the circle of the armhole you cut in the body.  It's best to pin them both in at the same time, so you put them both on the right way.  My first go, I accidentally put one on inside-out.  So learn from my mistakes :D

Sew or serge along this edge with 1/2" (15mm) seam allowance.  Turn right side out and repeat on other sleeve.  Voila!

Step 5: Enjoy Your Snuggie

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This is it! You're done! Congratulations, you made yourself a wearable blanket that all will probably mock but secretly admire.  Wear this while you're watching late night tv on the couch, or at your computer when you work from home.  You can do anything in your new snuggie!  Except maybe jogging.  I don't recommend jogging.  Or swimming.  But you can do any sort of lounging- or seated-type activities, and keep yourself warm at the same time.

Stay tuned for more snuggie style related Instructables, including one for kids and one for dogs!


Skrymmorie (author)2012-08-24

Loved this! Made two today. Was sooooo fast and easy, I made them both in less than 2 hrs.. I made one in my brother in law's fave football team, and I made one in a pretty zebra print. I used the ovals left over from the armholes, cut the tops off and then sewed them to the front for pockets! Voila! Now I have nifty place to stash my phone, the remote, snacks, etc. Again, totally awesome and loved this. Thanks!!

scoochmaroo (author)Skrymmorie2012-08-25


Kinnishian (author)2012-01-09

Just finally finished the one I was making for someone special. :). I rolled the cuffs triple, and added some purple velvet like fabric on the inside of the sleeve (5" near wrist). I also added a yellow trim/fluff to the side on the neck. ANnndd, two leopard 4" stripes on the red material bordering the outside [red was the predominant color]. This was my attempt to make a super-luxury snuggie, and also, my first attempt to use a sewing machine. Your instructable was a surprisingly formative experience for being what a first seems a basic snuggie :p.


[annndd, i'm taking a break from sewing for a while. My marginal additions to the design took me ages and ages to sew.]

sunfaceback (author)2011-12-23

Thank You! Turned out Awesome!!!

Nemesis201077 (author)2011-01-10

Today, I saw a commercial for the Snuggie. I thought it was stupid idea, but I couldn’t change the channel because I was under a blanket and I didn’t want my arms to get cold…

Nice work on the 'ible, the OH was looking at buying one. Maybe she'll make one now in her choice of colour, I'm guessing powder puff pink, sigh!

garrett.tillman (author)2010-02-24

 Hi! I made one of these in my own special way. 

hope you enjoy it!

I just saw your post yesterday and commented on it!
Nice work :D

Sarah Hinman (author)2017-09-25

can this pattern be used for a guy? my 19 yr old bro is at college and he wants one, but I am new to sewing, and I don't know if this pattern will work for a girl and a guy.

thanks! :)

ilyy (author)2016-12-20

How wonderful! I'm planning on Minkee and your instructions make it possible to make adjustments of all kinds.

Thank you so much


sarah.young.2345 (author)2014-12-22

I may have missed it but I assume you sew up the back seam? Or finish any of the edges? I did make one and it turned out looking great. Also made one for a friend wheel chair bound. I did not sew up the back but put a piece of velcro at the neckline and another about 12 inches down from that so it is open from there down and does not get in the way. I used velcro because it does not bulge and is comfortable to sit against. I tip for using velcro on fleece: Cut a piece of velcro 'soft' the same size as the 'hook' side of the velcro. When it is time to wash the item put the 'soft' piece of velcro on the 'hook' piece and you will not have any velcro 'hooks' attaching to the item in the washer and dryer. Simply remove the 'hook' piece and save it by the washer for the next time. Thanks for the instructions.

Did you ever get a response to your question because I was wondering the same thing...

SarahO25 (author)annadjohnsen2015-12-02

No, you don't sew the back up. It's like a backwards robe-blanket hybrid that you can wear to keep warm while watching tv, knitting, etc.

TomB12 (author)2015-02-21

ive got a better way
Step 1: spend the money you would have spent of fabric on a cheap Dressing Gown
Step 2: put the dressing gown on backwards

sabbiesmom (author)2015-02-01

my show shirt snuggi!

sabbiesmom (author)2015-02-01

I made a show-shirt snuggi using your Instructable. It was quite the project, but it turned out great.

sgbd (author)2014-12-22

sgbd (author)2014-12-22

natalie.teresa.stewart (author)2014-12-22

Super easy! Made this in about an hour from a 90" X 90" queen-sized blanket. I folded the bottom up 30" and sewed up the sides to make a pocket to put your feet in (it also prevents it from dragging on the ground should you wish to wear it while getting up to grab a cocoa :) )
Thanks so much for this!

WAFraggle (author)2014-12-20

I made this today for my brother-in-law for Christmas. He has ALS so most gifts are useless since he's unable to move himself. This way he can stay warm and comfortable.

sabbiesmom (author)2014-12-14

Thanks for the pattern! I'm about to make a show shirt snuggi!

XCoreRainbow (author)2013-08-31

Thank you so much for this! I now have my own personalized Batman snuggie I could not have bought anywhere! :)

nweb development (author)2013-03-27

Yes of course! We can customize the snuggie blanket according to our own requirements. Customization of snuggie is one of the better way in order to match our comfort level. We can use any colors, design etc in order to customize our own snuggie.

Good luck for your own customization of snuggie!!

Here is the link that might be useful, Custom snuggie

taluntain (author)2012-04-30

how about a make your own forever lazy

maggielovesmarch (author)2012-02-25

I love this! I like how you read a book like the ads!

antonk (author)2011-06-21

Nice instructable but i have an easier version.

Step 1. take robe

Step 2. using a simple technique known as "turning" turn the robe backwards

Step 3. carefully apply the robe


blossom9283 (author)antonk2011-12-07

That's always been the joke in my home is that a snuggie is just a backwards robe....but I still have to have one

suayres (author)2011-08-05

Scooch, you are, inarguably, one of the most creative people on this whole site! I have one of the real deals, and to be honest, it's a piece of, well, junk, let's say (it was a gift). The quality is abysmal, every time you wash it, it generates a large cat's worth of lint. And sleazy? Oh, yeah! Anyhow, thanks for the 'able. I may just have to borrow my daughter's sewing machine!

justin.jackson (author)2010-01-27

 making a snuggie in two easy steps #1: purchase robe. step #2: wear backwards. love the infomercial (infeauxmercial?) poses in the pics. great. 

i would like my pattern to make it look like im wearing a tuxedo. cuz it says im formal, but im also here to take a nap

I like it.  Make sure you post pictures!

i need to enter the snow contest... so i can get my custom snuggie. WITH tuxedo print. lol

Can I flag this post as awesome?

THAT WOULD BE SO AWESOME. A tuxedo snuggie! great idea.

FruitbytheFace (author)2011-01-15

Scoochmaroo, did you get into the playing card pack?

I sure did! Did you get a pack?

No, not yet.

dirty_valentine (author)2010-12-23

I have a cheep store bought snuggie that I won in a Yankie Swap. I don't like how far apart the arm holes are as it leaves too much material up front. I'm sure it was made with the heaviest Americans in mind. I also don't like how it is just long enough for me to trip over if I walk around, but short enough that my toes never stay covered.

I still like the snuggie but here are a couple improvements I would like to see:
1) A pocket in the bottom where I can stick my toes so they always stay covered.
2) Elastic sewn up the front so when I remove my toes and get up the fabric lifts up high enough that I can walk around. The snuggie bottom could be tapered so that the edges don't drag when you walk around either. A draw string or snaps at the corners could also be used to lift the snuggie up out of the way.
3)A neck snap or button to hold snuggie on while walking around

One day I might have to get out the sewing machine and fix up my snuggie as it is here to stay.

cg15 (author)2010-02-07

i now plan on making one of these. it shall be black. and i shall add a hood for when i wear it backwards to look like a harry potter character.

surrealdreams (author)cg152010-12-21

How are you going to deal with the hood in front when you wear it snuggie-style?

cg15 (author)surrealdreams2010-12-21

i actually use the hood as a handy pocket for my ipod, phone, remote, whatever i need to keep close at the time. also, if your room gets extremely cold at night as mine does, it does an excellent job of keeping your face warm.

Pumpkin$ (author)2010-01-30

The Snuggie cult is growing in power... WE MUST END IT  NOW!! XD

mrange (author)Pumpkin$2010-12-06

It's such a great gift for the comedian in your life though! I bought a leopard print one for my best guy friend as a joke. Cheap too! ; )

It's not as bad as Crocs though, people took that 100% seriously and wore those God-forsaken hideous things! What the hell!!!?


Lul as you must, but this is no laughing matter. The time machine already failed, cause they are here... We must end it in the present!!

cedwa (author)2010-04-25

Great Instructable.

I just finished making one for my girlfriend yesterday. We went to the local material shop and I let her pick a print of fleece, then brought it home and put it all together will a few little modifications to suit.

Oh that was the first time I have even sewn in my life too! I practiced on a pair of old shorts for about 30mins before I started and my girlfriend showed me the basics then I was finished the snuggie in around two hours.

She's happy it has baby giraffes on it...

Typogoddess (author)cedwa2010-11-14

best. boyfriend. evar.

heypaula (author)2010-04-19

Awesome! I already have a snuggie and LOVE it, but this is great. :)

seabananers (author)2010-04-12

snuggies are real weird cuz have you seen the commercial there at the base ball game they look like some demented clan

santis308 (author)seabananers2010-04-16

amen to that. there is no chance that many people would have snuggies. its just a backwards robe!

FFVIIBOY (author)2010-04-09

Man the snuggie uys TOTALLY stole my idea a few months before snuggies came out i wuz in my room reading in bed it wuz cold and i said to my mom i wish these blankets had holes in them or sleeves and she said "thats ridiculus" but look where we are now!

Robot Lover (author)2010-03-16

Don't wrry, we all know you would not cut a wobbly edge on a piece of fabric

(those darn fabric store workers!!) :)

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