When it’s really cold outside, it’s time to break out the blankets. Given how nasty, cold, and wet this year has already been, I anticipate requiring a good many of them. If you need one, why not create it?
This blanket is the softest, coziest thing you’ve ever laid your eyes on. It’s got a faux fur exterior and a blizzard fleece interior with a wintry design for maximum coziness.
It’s perfect for sitting back with a cup of hot cocoa and reading a book or snuggling up with the kids to watch a movie. You’ll need a few basic supplies to pull this one off but most of the work is done before you hit the sewing machine so it’s a perfect sewing project for beginners.
Things You’ll Need
- The temperature is just right for curling up on the couch with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate, or for watching a movie with the kids. This is a great project for novice sewers because it requires only a few simple materials and most of the work is completed before you even turn on the sewing machine.
- It’s the kind of weather that begs to be spent curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book or a mug of hot cocoa with the kids. In order to complete this project, you will need certain fundamental tools, but the bulk of the effort will be put in before you even pick up a needle and thread.
- Needles and thread Sewing machine
Sewing a faux fur blanket is an easy craft that looks quite sophisticated. There is a wide variety of fake fur on the market, from ultra-realistic imitations to brightly colored fantasy fur. Throws over the couch, bed comforters, and baby blankets are just a few of the many uses for fur blankets. They can serve no purpose at all or be used for a variety of purposes. The reverse of the fur blanket may be lined with a different type of fur, a different fur design, real or imitation suede, or any combination thereof. This entire process will yield a luxurious fur blanket with two distinct sides.
Choose the final dimensions for your fur throw. Take dimensions from a bed, a person, or another blanket to get a sense of what size blanket you want to make. When calculating your cutting sizes, add one inch to each measurement to account for seam allowance.
Make a fur fabric square or rectangle that’s the right size for you by using your measurements. Make sure the dimensions of the second piece of fabric, the backing, are the same as the first. The second section can be backed with more fur fabric, faux or genuine suede or leather, patterned fabric, or a solid color. Put together a chic reversible fur blanket by coordinating colors and fabrics.
Fur side up, lay out the furry fabric on the floor. To facilitate pinning, brush the fur around the edge in toward the center of the material. Align the edges of the background fabric with those of the fur fabric, wrong side (the side you don’t want to see) up.
Join the seams by pinning them. If you want to turn it, you should allow a space about 12 inches long. You can press the seam to make sewing simpler, but faux fur is quite sensitive to heat, so use the lowest dry-heat setting possible and press on a towel or another protective layer.
Using a normal straight stitch on a sewing machine or a back stitch by hand, sew a seam around the entire fur blanket, ending at the 12 inches designated for turning. The fabric needs to be gently yanked through the turning hole so that the furry side may be displayed.
Finish your fur blanket with an inconspicuous seam by hand-sewing the turning opening.
To keep the blanket from unraveling, you can add a stitch [optionally] every 12 inches throughout the length and width. Beginning and ending the stitch on the fur side is recommended. To hide the teeny-tiny knots in the blanket’s fur, fluff it.
This blanket is made up of two different materials: fleece and fur.
You’re in for a wonderful treat if you’ve never stitched with faux fur before. It sheds more profusely than any animal I’ve ever seen when it’s cut.
My golden retriever, by the record, weighs 111 pounds. My hair continues to shed at the ends despite having been cut at the salon where the majority of the stray hairs were removed.
With longer fur comes more fur on your hands, table, and floor. I selected a short fur from Joann Fabrics called “Large Paloma Swirl,” and it has a luxuriously smooth feel.
The exciting part is choosing the fleece. Thankfully, there is a plethora of possibilities, as plaid is currently trending. I finally decided on a plaid shirt in shades of red, grey, and black.
Avoid the diagonal plaid if you want things to go smoothly. Cutting and sewing will be less of a hassle if you stick to horizontal and vertical lines.
Both fabrics were purchased from Joann Fabrics, but not at full price. They always have some sort of discount going on, be it a sale or a voucher for a certain percentage off.
The fleece cost me $6 per yard, and the fur cost me around $10 per yard. There will likely be a major discount on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, so keep that in mind.
The fur is 59 inches wide, making it more difficult to source than the fleece, which is 58 inches wide. This building technique requires a fleece that is wider than fur.
Since fleece was just $6 for two yards, I decided to get it. Although you’ll have a foot left over, that’s not a lot to spend considering how useful the extra fabric will be. Having too much is much worse than having enough.
I bought a total of 1.5 yards of fur. Mine was cut so precisely that I didn’t have to do any squaring up on my own.
Setting up the Fleece and Fur Blanket
If you want to put together the blanket, you’ll need a big table or floor. While a large table served my purposes here, the floor or even a bed would have been fine.
Place the fur, fluffy side up, on top of the fleece. Put the fur selvages opposite the fleece selvages for a perfect fit. There will be tiny slits along the selvages, which are the uncut edges of the fabric.
Remove the rough selvages from the fleece and leave about one inch of fabric on all sides of the blanket. The main appeal of a plaid pattern lies in its simplicity and the ease with which you can follow its geometrical layout.
Don’t worry too much about getting the exact size; I ended up with 1.25 to 1.5 inches on each side of my blanket. In this case, your gut is probably better than a ruler, so don’t bother with it.
Get out the pins once you’ve stacked and trimmed your fabric. There are a plethora of pins.
Don’t use straight pins unless you wish to find them while cuddling the youngsters; instead, choose for pins with a large glass head. I pinned every six inches or so along the straight edges, so don’t be stingy.
The corners of this fleece blanket are the most challenging element of making it. Furthermore, they are not particularly challenging.
Clip off the tip of the fleece corner. Fold it in half lengthwise, then in half widthwise, and pin the folds closed.
Remove the frayed edge from the corner of the fleece. Start by folding in half lengthwise, then up one side, and finally pinning it all the way together.
Assuming you make it back to square one, you’re finished. No need to reverse it or complete it by hand.
My daughter now calls it the “Super Snuggle Blanket,” and I’ve already promised to make them each one of their own so that I can use it on occasion.
DIY Fleece & Fur Blanket
Throw this DIY Fleece and Fur Blanket over your shoulders and go into the winter season with confidence.
- Smooth down the bumps in the fur so it forms a perfect square.
- Place the fur in the middle of the fleece, making that the selvages are on opposing sides.
- Trim the fleece so that it is just about an inch and a half wider on each side than the fur.
- Beginning at one corner, snip the corner’s point, fold the fleece down, over, and pin the side; repeat with the other corner.
- I make a sandwich out of the fleece, fur, and fleece by pinning it together at regular intervals (I use a pin every six inches).
- Iterate this process for the other four sides and the corners.
- Remove the pins as you sew around the blanket, being careful to catch and anchor each corner.
An ideal time to use a walking foot has presented itself, but alas, I am without one. As long as you take your time and carefully fix the fleece whenever it begins to bunch up, you will have a lovely blanket in the end.
Try to keep in mind that no one else will ever be as thorough as you are.
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How can I keep my fur blanket soft?
You might worry that if you don’t take proper care of your fur blanket, it won’t feel as snug as it once did. Surprisingly, there is not much you need to do to maintain the coziness of your blanket.
Simply avoid using fabric softener and dry your clothes using air drying for optimal results. Fabric softener can be used instead to maintain the newness and drape of your garments.
As an added bonus, it prevents your clothes from getting ruined in the wash.
If you must dry the blanket inside, rather than outside, use the lowest heat setting available on your dryer.
Extreme heat can cause it to tear, curl, and scallop, all of which diminish its supple texture. White vinegar can be used as a natural fabric softener that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive.
The warmth and coziness that fur blankets bring to the body is one reason they are so popular.
But, can you sew together a fur throw? Make your own by cutting, pinning, and stitching to save money.
It requires special care, so think about the best approach to clean it so that it retains its suppleness.