How To Make A Fur Blanket In 5 Easy Steps

Those who want to know how to make a fur blanket that will keep them warm should check out this creative and quick five-step guide.

 

As we may know, fur blankets tend to be pricey and out of budget. We will mention tips to make your experience simpler and more affordable.

 

We will talk about the easiest way to trim, pin, and sew your very own fur blanket. Continue reading this article as we teach you how to make a fur blanket in 5 easy steps!

 

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How To Make A Fur Blanket The DIY Way

 

Step #1. Preparation

Before putting into reality the fur blanket you have been dreaming of, you must first check the available materials you have and those that you need to purchase.

 

The materials that will help you start doing this project are:

 

  • 1 ½ yard or 60” inches faux fur fabric 
  • 1 ½ yard or 60” inches silky fabric for the back 
  • Needle 
  • Thread 
  • Scissors 
  • Measuring tape and ruler 
  • Pins 
  • Pen 
  • Sewing machine

 

With the use of measuring tape, ruler, and pen, mark the sides of the fabric depending on how big you want it to be.

 

There must be at least ½ inch seam allowances for your blanket to be 1 inch smaller lengthwise and widthwise.

 

Step #2. Trimming

Cutting the fabric may be an exciting experience for you. However, you must be very careful because there is no going back once you use your scissors.

 

Slide your scissors through the fur to cut the back of the fabric to size. Do not cut the fur fabric and take only small snips of the back.

 

Step #3. Pinning

Straighten the fur fabric right-side-down onto the silky fabric which is facing right-side-up. Use the pins to stick the fabrics together.

 

You need to cut the silky fabric to the same size as the fur fabric.

 

Step #4. Sewing

Two steps to go and you may already have a glimpse at the expected outcome in this particular step.

 

With the pins stuck in their place, you must sew together the fabrics around their perimeters. 

 

Do not forget the ½ “ seam allowance and you must leave a 12” opening and backstitch on either side of it.

 

Then, cut the corners of the seam allowances diagonally to reduce the bulk in the corners of it. 

 

Step #5. Finishing

It is now the time to turn your blanket right-side-out and use your skills in hand stitching. By using the needle and the thread, hand sew the opening and create an almost invisible seam. 

 

Fold the fabric towards each other and catch for ½ “ from each side of the fabric. Start stitching and finish up on the fur side.

 

How do I clean my fur blanket at home?

Every kind of fabric has its way of getting washed. You may be worried about the ways to clean your fur blanket at home.

 

As the creator of this blanket, you may want to personally clean it instead of asking other people to do it for you.

 

In washing the fabric of your blanket, you must use a gentle detergent or a mild laundry detergent. The fiber content of your blanket is a must to know to take care of it excellently. 

 

With the help of your washing machine, fill it with cold water and be ready to add your detergent.

 

The detergent must be free of softeners because it makes it harder for the water to permeate the fabric. After placing the blanket into the machine, allow the cycle to be complete and wait for it.

 

You do not need to use a dryer as it may only damage your blanket. You must allow your fur fabric to air dry and hang it in the clothesline from your outdoor access.

 

If you don’t have one, you can drape it over the back of two chairs and make sure to shake it after drying to fluff it again.

 

How can I keep my fur blanket soft?

You might be afraid that your fur blanket may lose its cozy effect if you make a mistake in maintaining its quality. Surprisingly, it does not take that much to keep your blanket soft and comfy. 

 

You just need to avoid using a fabric softener and use the best method of drying which is air drying. You may use a fabric conditioner instead which keeps clothes fresh and soft.

 

It also protects your fabric from being damaged during washing. 

 

If you also use a dryer instead of hanging the blanket outdoors, you must make sure that you are using the lowest heat setting possible.

 

With high heat, it may be ripped, curled, and scalloped which takes away its softness. For a more natural and cost-effective way of caring for it, you may also use white vinegar as your natural fabric softener.

 

Conclusion

Fur blankets are well-loved because of their ability to provide comfort and relaxation to our bodies.

 

However, do you know how to make a fur blanket? You can have a more affordable one by simply cutting, pinning, and sewing your own!

 

Remember that it also has its way of being taken care of, so consider the way you must clean it to keep its softness.

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Learn How To Bind A Baby Blanket At Home In 12 Easy Steps

Making baby blankets is one thing; learning how to bind a baby blanket is another.

 

You can sew a baby blanket to bind it. The details are below, and we added other baby blanket-related topics after it as well.

 

You will learn a lot of things in this article, especially if you’re a new parent. Be sure to give the whole thing a read!

 

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Bind A Baby Blanket

 

Step #1. Prepare your materials

Here are the materials you need; for the fabrics, you need 1 and 1/4 backing/binding, plus 7 or 8 yards of contrasting fabric.

 

You also need a rotary cutter, a ruler, a mat, and an erasable ink pen.

 

Lastly, you need a sewing machine.

 

Step #2. Fabric

First, cut the binding fabric into 40”x40” squares. Next, cut your contrast fabric into 30”x30” squares.

 

Then, diagonally fold the squares to ensure that they are indeed square.

 

You can cut the squares smaller, but ensure that the binding fabric is 10” bigger than the contrast fabric.

 

Step #3. Find the center

Place the contrast fabric in the middle of the cotton square with the right side up.

 

Step #4. Pin

First, find the center of one side of your contrast fabric and your backing fabric. Then, pin the center and edges of the contrast fabric to the edges of the backing fabric.

 

Leave one inch of contrast fabric’s corners unpinned. You will have at least 5” space of fabric on either side.

 

Next, find the center on the other sides and pin them as well.

 

Step #5. Floppy

You should have floppy triangles on the fabric corners after pinning them.

 

Step 6. Mark

Mark a dot 1/4” from both edges on all corners. Use a ruler.

 

Step #7. Sew

Sew all the edges together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave an 8” opening on one side so you can turn the blanket with the right side out.

 

When you are sewing one side, pull the next one out of the way. Sew the seams until the 1/4” dot.

 

Lift the needle when you reach the dot and turn the blanket.

 

Pull the backing fabric from the side you were working on. Then, sew the next side of the backing fabric from the 1/4” dot.

 

The floppy outside corners would still be open.

 

Step #8. Mitered corners

Pull the center fabric away from the backing fabric to make mitered corners.

 

Begin from one corner and pull it, then match the raw outside edges and make a triangle.

 

Diagonally fold the center fabric in half, match it to the intersecting seams. This should have a 45-degree angle next to the triangle flap.

 

Mark a line from the seam ends using a ruler. Then, draw along the outside folded edge of the binding fabric.

 

Step #9. Trim

Sew from the 1/4” endpoint of the original seam to the edge of the folded binding fabric.

 

Then, trim the excess flap 1/4” away from the new seam. Discard the excess.

 

Step #10. Flatten and press

Flatten the new seam open, then press it. Press the other seams, too, and make sure they remain flat even when you turn them with the right side up.

 

Finally, flatten and press the remaining corners as well.

 

Step #11. Right side out

Turn the blanket right side out when all corners are mitered. Shape the blanket carefully, then press the outside edges.

 

Tuck the center fabric’s edges toward the outside or binding fabric. Pin the edges together.

 

Step #12. Top stitch

Top stitch along the edges of the center fabric. Close the opening for turning.

 

Top stitch the outside blanket as well. Do the same thing on the middle of the center fabric as well to prevent it from shifting when being washed.

 

What is a self-binding baby blanket?

The steps above tell you how to make a self-binding baby blanket. Here, we’ll clarify the difference between a self-binding blanket and a traditionally bound one.

 

First, the former uses backing fabric. This is to make a finished edge outside the quilt, which gives it an applied binding look.

 

A self-bound blanket also takes less time to finish.

 

You can self-bind your quilts if you do not use them extensively because the outer edges of quilts are prone to damage.

 

Since the self-bound blanket only has one layer, it is not as sturdy as traditionally bound ones.

 

What is a baby blanket?

There are numerous variations of baby blankets. However, there are four main types; these are receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, security blankets, and crib blankets.

 

The receiving blanket is the most versatile among the four, while the swaddling blankets are for swaddling only.

 

A security blanket is generally made of soft fabric and made to provide comfort for your newborn.

 

Lastly, crib blankets have different types as well, from sheets to bedding sets.

 

Nonetheless, choosing one should be based on safety and comfort first.

 

Conclusion

Learning how to bind a baby blanket by yourself is challenging, especially since it is for your baby.

 

Despite the challenge, we assure you that it’s worth it when your baby lays on it and loves it!

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