We spend lots of time on our patio and porch all year round. And since we have a fire pit, fall and winters are perfect for a roaring fire roasting hot dogs or marshmallows. And a blanket is a must to keep us toasty! The problem with blankets around the wood fire is they smelled like smoke and they carried that smokey smell into our home. I’ve solved the problem by making cozy flannel blankets just for outside sitting! This is such an easy diy! These blankets can go into the washer and dryer without worrying if they will shrink or fade or be ruined. And one more added bonus… I am making them in colors that work with my outdoor decor!
I used ordinary flannel from our local fabric store. It had a nice weight to it!
Here’s the beauty of this cozy flannel blanket… you can make it any color, size and weight that works for you.
If you want a very light blanket you can sew up the blanket without any interfacing. If you like a mid-weight blanket you can use a mid-weight interfacing and if you, like me, want a warm blanket you can use a heavier interfacing!
I made this blanket for my back porch swing! You can find me here at some point almost every day! This blanket is 44″ x 71″ and is a heavier weight. Just right to be used as a large lap blanket.
I have a couple more blankets to make this weekend… and another fun thing make to keep us warm outside that I’ll share next week!
Let’s make a cozy flannel blanket… here’s how!
- 4 yards of flannel (The fabric I chose was 45 ” wide)
- 2 yards of fusible interfacing (I used Pellon heavy duty interfacing that was 45 ” wide)
- coordinating thread
- Make sure you wash and dry flannel before you sew it. This will pre-shrink the fabric so when it’s made into a blanket it can be washed and dried.
- Fold the material in half so it measures 45″ x 72″. Cut the fabric in half along the fold.
- Put the Pellon interfacing on top of a half piece of flannel (wrong side up) with the interfacing rough side down. Pin together and iron the interfacing to the flannel piece according to directions.
4. When the interfacing has adhered to the flannel, put the piece of flannel that was not ironed to the interfacing down on a flat surface with the right side facing up and put the other piece of flannel interfacing side up on top of it. Pin all the edges together. Sew all edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving 1/4 of one side open. Turn the flannel to the right sides.
5. Turn under the raw edges of the unfinished side 1/2″ and pin together as shown above.
6. Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the entire blanket including the turned under side.
You have your very own person blanket!
Wouldn’t you like to make a blanket or two or three for fall and winter?
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