Things You'll Need
- Sewing Machine
Whether you are making blankets as decorative throws for your sofa or making actual sleeping blankets for your bed, you will be amazed at just how easy making blankets can be. With some comfortable fabric and a little extra time, you too can add as many blankets to your home as needed.
Decide on the type of fabric you want to make your blankets out of. There are numerous different textures, colors, and prints to choose from.
Purchase the material in the size you want from your local fabric store. You will need one piece for the front and one piece, cut the same size, for the back. Also purchase a blanket stuffing. The stuffing usually comes flat on a roll, but ask the store manager to show you different types.
Thread your sewing machine needle with a complimentary colored thread. Your stitching will take place on the outside of the blankets so make sure your thread is the same color as your fabric.
Hem all the edges of both pieces of fabric before you begin. The edges must be clean and neat in order to make your blankets presentable. Anybody can make sloppy looking blankets; yours will be beautiful.
Lay one piece of your fabric out in a large open space, right side facing down. Lay a layer of stuffing over the top of the fabric. Keep the stuffing about 1 in. away from the edges. Trim the stuffing edges if need be.
Lay the second piece of fabric, right side facing up, on top of the blanket stuffing. Pin the edges together. When pinning, be sure to pin the areas where the stuffing is located, to secure the stuffing in place.
Using your sewing machine, sew all the way around the blanket. Keep your stitches straight. They will show.
Iron the edges of your blanket flat. Blanket edges always look better when they are pressed after sewing.
When making blankets purchase your fabric, stuffing, thread, and any other accessories you can think of while at the local fabric store. Make a list before leaving the house to avoid forgetting something important.
If you know what rooms you are making blankets for, measure the area before you purchase your fabric. You want to make sure to make your blankets the right size. And remember to add in the hem length when determining the measurements.
When making blankets stay away from wool because it's itchy.
Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."