BRRRR . . . baby, it’s cold outside and the best way to stay warm is to wrap up in a handmade blanket! They can be simple and quick to make or a bit more detailed – fleecy or wooly. Whatever you choose, the care you put in each little stitch will warm your loved ones through and through. Here are five, you’re sure to enjoy!
Easy Wool Throw Blanket
Let’s start with easy! The wonderful wool handmade blanket I found on the Making Lemonade blog is simple, yet easy to make scrumptiously unique. Designer Carrie includes great instructions illustrated with detailed images for basic double-sided construction as well as a couple of variations. Choose wool, flannel or a light-weight fabric if your local temps don’t dip too low – it’s up to you. Have you ever thought about painting a stripe on a blanket before? Carrie will show you how. It’s a fun idea and definitely worth a try! Click here for the Easy Wool Blanket tutorial.
Cotton & Sheepskin Blanket
On a Dutch blog, Cozette, I found a yummy-warm blanket stitched in cotton fabric lined with faux sheepskin. The combination of a beautiful cotton print and soft, inviting sheepskin or minky is delicious! Originally designed as a baby blanket, you could easily make this cozy covering any size that’s practical for your need. Cozette has a unique, quick way of assembling this handmade blanket that doesn’t involve turning – a terrific technique! Since, it’s Dutch, you’ll want to click “translate” on your browser. Click here for the Cotton & Sheepskin Blanket tutorial.
Fleece Blanket with Three Edging Options
Fleece is known for it’s ultra-cozy factor, so it’s an obvious choice for a handmade blanket. But, does it have to be boring and unfinished? “NO” says Linda of Simply Sewing Studio in her Craftsy blog tutorial. Her simple to make fleece blanket design becomes lovely and distinct using one of the three edge finishes she describes. Linda’s instructions are clear, basic and confidence inspiring – even a beginner would enjoy making this comfy throw! Click here for the Fleece Blanket tutorial.
Upcycled Sweater Throw
Start collecting your sweaters sewists, you’re going to want this throw! It’s a fabulous upcycle and a beautiful way to use any cast-offs that you, your family or friends have stashed in the closet. The tutorial I found on the Better Homes & Gardens blog is fabulous. It includes excellent instructions for felting your sweaters in the washing machine, disassembling them and designing your own throw. There are a few tricks to stitching up this project and the B,H & G instructions are detailed and easy to follow. In addition to the throw, you’ll find directions for making an upcycled sweater pillow. A pillow and throw set would be perfect for a “curl up and read” snow day! Click here for the Upcycled Sweater Throw tutorial.
Raggy Patchwork Quilt
Caroline of the Sew Can She blog puts a fresh twist on the tried and true Rag Quilt technique in this snuggly throw. She layers print cottons with white flannel and fleece backing and quilts it with clean lines for unique style. Caroline’s handmade blanket is thick, but not stiff; warm, but not heavy – just what you need for cozy on a frozen day. Her instructions are for a throw-size raggy quilt, but you can make it any size you please. The fabric snipping phase does take a while, so plan an evening or two. Paired with a warm beverage and a sweet, sentimental movie, time will fly by. Click here for the Raggy Quilt tutorial. Be sure to check out the comprehensive Rag Quilt tutorial linked in Caroline’s post. You’ll learn a lot and it will make your “ragtime” so much better.
And, yes, I know Caroline used Halloween prints, but wouldn’t some of the gorgeous FreeSpirit Fabrics be stunning in this delightful blanket? Prints or solids would be exquisite. Maybe a rainbow of solids to brighten dark, Winter days?! These are my picks and you’ll find more on their web site, click here!
No matter how low the temperatures go this Winter, your sewing super powers can save the day. Stitch up a cozy handmade blanket and enjoy the warm gratitude that will come your way!