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Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to make a blanket with sleeves

This is one of the best inventions ever! No more having to lift the blanket and having cold air entering when you need to use the remote or turn the page of your book. The blanket with sleeves gives you freedom of movement while keeping all of you cozy and warm.

To make one you need:
a blanket of the desired size,
fabric for the sleeves

My blanket is made of fleece and has unfinished edges, which is why first I hemmed all four sides.

Then I cut the holes where the sleeves would be attached. When measuring, There should be a good 20 cm (just short of 7 inches) of blanket above the sleeves. Between the holes consider the width of your shoulders.
When cutting the holes be generous, you want to be able to move freely when wearing the blanket. My holes have a diameter of 16cm (appr. 6.5 inches).

Next cut the sleeves. They should be as long as the distance from your shoulder to the middle of your hand (just where the fingers begin). The width should be the same as the circumference of the circle you cut plus seam allowance.

First finish the edge that will be down at the hands of both sleeves with a hem.

Then prepare the sleeve by joining the two long edges, creating the tube that will be the sleeve. Use a serger if you have one, if not join the two pieces with a straight stitch, then secure the raw edge with a zigzag-stitch.

Next attach the raw edge of the sleeve to the opening in the blanket. Proceed as you did with the previous seam (serger or straight stitch plus zigzag).

The blanket with sleeves is finished.

Have you made a project following this tutorial? Let me know what you think. Did you like it? Was it easy to understand and to follow? Do you have any suggestions?
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