Easy Double-Sided Fuzzy Blanket

Today is my daughter’s birthday, so it only seems appropriate to talk about her.  And she’s not here to stop me at the moment.

A few months ago, we talked about making a quilt for her.  She was going to design it based on Sudoku, with each different fabric representing a number.  We gathered black, white and yellow fabrics, and I bought a large piece of bright yellow super-soft, Minkee-like stuff for the backing. 

I kept asking her when she was going to give me the pattern for the top.  “Oh, yeah, I’m going to start on that.”  Uh-huh. 

I finally asked her if she really wanted a quilt.  “No.  Can you just make me a blanket out of the fuzzy part?”  Yes.  Yes, I can.

fuzzy blanket 1

The only difficult thing about making this is working with the large size.  Other than that, it’s a piece of cake.  She didn’t even want binding around the edge, because she said that made it look like a baby blanket.  Not sure about that, but it’s hers.

I started with about 3 1/2 yards of fabric.  It’s 60” wide, so that gave me a piece about 60” by 126”. 

Unfold the fabric and refold with right sides together as shown here:

fuzzy blanket guide

Pin the selvage edges together and stitch with a 5/8” seam.  I used a narrow zigzag so the fabric could still stretch.

fuzzy blanket 2

Make sure the blanket is completely flat, then trim the cut edge so it’s straight and even.  Lots of fuzz will come off that edge, so be prepared.  When I was working on this one it looked like I was the sole witness to a horrible Tweety accident. 

Pin the cut edges together.

fuzzy blanket 3

Stitch with a 5/8” seam, leaving a few inches open in the middle for turning.  My opening was about 13”, but I think I could have gone a bit smaller.  I mark the opening with extra pins so I don’t forget to stop and start again while I’m sewing.

fuzzy blanket 4

After you’re done stitching, pull the blanket through the opening to turn.

fuzzy blanket 5

Push the corners out with your fingers.  The nice thing about this fabric is that the seams turn nicely without a lot of coaxing.

fuzzy blanket 6

Stitch around the outside edge, 1/4” away, turning in the opening 5/8”.  That’s it.  This finished blanket measures 58 x 63” and is nice and soft on both sides.

fuzzy blanket 7

The two sides aren’t connected in the center, but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for her, especially with the edge sewn.  If you’re bothered by that, you could always do a little quilting to hold it all together.  Check out this post on Minkee Baby Quilts for some great ideas on working with this fun fabric.

Happy Birthday Codi!

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  1. Pingback: Tutorial: Double sided minky blanket · Sewing | CraftGossip.com

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