Want to know how to keep yourself warm? Right!
Don’t bother, I am gonna show you how to achieve it.
If you are an amateur in sewing, this is the perfect project for you.
If you are a professional it will be a great quick project for you.
Let’s begin the awesome project.
Step 1: Gathering Materials
Sewing Machine (can be gotten on Amazon).
Fabric materials (quilting cotton and fleece).
A rounded solid object.
Step 2: Getting a Suitable Blanket Size
The blanket I sew was rectangular, I used a dimension of 60″ x 70″ but you can use any dimension that fits you, or use any of the standard sizes below:
King Bed Size: 95″ x 110″
Queen Bed Size: 90″ x 90″
Double Bed Size: 85″ x 90″
Twin Bed Size: 65″ x 90″
Crib Size: 45″ x 60″
If you plan to wash your blanket, it is advisable to pre-wash fabric as this will prevent misshaping and shrinking.
Step 3: Cutting the Fabric
Lay the two pieces of fabric i.e the quilting cotton and the fleece, one on top the other with right sides together. Ensure that they lay perfectly flat, then secure them with pins all around.
Then cut the selected size for the blanket you want to make (here I used 60″ x 70″).
Step 4: Cutting Rounded Corners
The blanket I made had round corners, but if you want yours to have square corners, you can skip this step.
To make a rounded corner, place a round object e.g a plate or a cylindrical container on top of the corner such that part of the circumference of the object is tangential to the edges of the fabric.
Then trace the round shape on the inner layer of fabric with your marking tool and cut out the marked area.
Repeat the same procedure for all other corners.
Step 5: Sewing the Blanket
Now it is time to use the sewing machine!
I am going to start along the edges, so take note.
Choose one of the edges and start with a backstitch.
Then sew around the perimeter of the blanket, leaving a 0.5″ seam allowance.
Ensure you check the sewing machine throat plate markings to keep sewing straight.
Once you reach the side you started from, stop sewing 10″ to 17″ (or one-seventh to one-fourth of the long side length if using a different size) before the starting point of your seam and backstitch. This gap will enable you to turn the blanket right side out.
Step 6: Sewing Rounded Corner
This also is an optional step if you decided to have a square cornered blanket. You can skip it. The next step will work for you.
When approaching a rounded corner, slow down your sewing speed to make sure you are maintaining a regular seam allowance.
Do not look at the needle, just keep your eyes on the guides marked on your sewing machine needle plate.
Step 7: Sewing Square Corner
When approaching a square corner, stop with the needle down 0.5″ before reaching the end of the fabric.
Then lift up the foot, pivot the fabric around the needle and start sewing the next side of the blanket, keeping the edge of the fabric aligned with the 0.5″ mark on the needle plate.
Step 8: Trimming
Trim the corners of the blanket to reduce the fabric bulk. It is better to clip as near as you can to the seam, but never make the mistake of cutting it.
Step 9: Turning Out the Blanket
After trimming the corners, turn the whole blanket right-side out.
You can use your fingers on rounded corners to get the seam right in the fold, not showing on either side.
Also use a pointy tool to help the square corners to lay flat.
Step 10: Finishing and Enjoyment
To help the two layers to stay together, fold in the seam allowances in the gap and secure the edges together with a few pins to make sure they’re perfectly aligned.
Topstitch the blanket all around, 0.25″ to 0.5″ from the edge.
That’s it. Enjoy your blanket.
Have a warm and fuzzy season ahead!