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Materials and Cutting Directions
This blanket makes a quick gift or home accessory. It utilizes the warmth and comfort of fleece yet has the charm of a cotton quilt. The smaller version of the instructions below is adored by our cat for her favorite spot to lounge.
For a couch throw size:
- 2 1/2 yards of 45" wide cotton novelty print or pieced fabric
- 3 1/3 yards of solid color 60" wide fleece fabric
For a doll blanket or pet floor blanket
- 33" by 26" solid color fleece
- 19" by 12 1/2" cotton... novelty print or pieced fabric
Note: Preshrink all fabrics before you start construction. Mark the center of every side of each piece of fabric. Mark the center of each piece of fabric.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Join the Fabrics
Mark the center of every side of each piece of fabric. Mark the center of each piece of fabric.
With right sides of the fabric together, line up the center marks of the fleece to the cotton novelty print center.
Bring the fleece edges up to meet the cotton fabric edges, matching the side center marks.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Pin the sides into place. Mark 1/4 inch from each corner of the cotton fabric. Stitch the pinned edges together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, stopping 1/4" from each corner. On the center of one side of the pinned seam leave an opening for turning the blanket right side out. (approximately a 10" opening for the couch throw size)Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Pin the Miter
Lay the blanket on a flat surface and smooth the layers with an even amount of fleece on each side of the cotton print. Take the time to keep measuring and pinning in place if necessary.
Hold up the corner "ears" and pin the miter into place.(B)Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Sew the Miter
Place the sewing machine needle into the fleece at the corner junction of the seam for the cotton and fleece. Stitch along the pinned line (removing the pins as you sew) at each corner.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Trimming the Mitered Corner
Trim excess fabric to leave a 1/4" seam allowance. (D)
Turn right side out. Lay the blanket out smoothly with an even amount of fleece around the cotton print. Use safety pins to hold the layers together.
Slip stitch the side opening closed.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Finishing the Blanket
Choose one of the options below to finish your blanket or be creative.
- Option 1: Use embroidery floss to tack the layers together on the cotton area in a measured or a haphazard pattern.
- Option 2: Use the small embroidery designs that are built into many sewing machines to tack the cotton area in place.
- Option 3: Quilt the cotton area
- Option 4: Combine the above ideas.