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How to Make a Snuggle Blanket with Sleeves
Believe it or not, all you need to do be able to do to make your own fleece snuggle blanket with sleeves is cut a few straight lines and sew a few straight lines.
You can thank my daughter for this pattern. After watching a Snuggie (compare prices) commercial, she called me suggesting that maybe we could make similar blankets for gifts. That is how this fleece snuggle blanket pattern was born.
If you are trying to save money by making your own fleece snuggle blanket with sleeves instead of buying... a Snuggie, you might be a little disappointed. Since it's inception, the cost has dropped quite a bit. Depending on the size of the Snuggle blanket you want to make, the fleece could cost you as much as $40 - $50 dollars. This is if you buy full-priced fleece with designs on it.
While making your own Snuggle blanket might cost you a little more money, it gives you a lot of creative freedom. Besides being able to choose from a wide variety of fleece colors and designs, you can personalize your snuggle blanket however you like.
Now, on to the fleece snuggle blanket with sleeves directions....Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Gathering The SuppliesBefore you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this snuggle blanket project, you will need:
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- 3 - 4 Yards of Fleece (how much you will need will depend on the measurements from the next step)
- Plain Paper
- Pencil (not pictured)
- Rotary Cutter - Optional
- Cutting Mat - Optional
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine and Thread (not pictured)
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Cut the Body of the Snuggle BlanketFigure out the length of fleece you will need. Measure the person the fleece snuggle blanket will be for from their chin to the floor and then add 12". For example, if the measurement from chin to floor is 60", you will need a piece of fleece that is about 72" long.
You will want your snuggle blanket to be about 60" wide. Most bolts of fleece are 60" wide so all you will need to do is trim off the selvage.
Using the examples here, your piece of fleece for the body of the snuggle blanket would be... approximately 60" wide by 72" long.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Cut the Arm Holes
Make your own armhole template. The arm hole template is simply a circle with an 8-inch diameter.
Fold your piece of fleece in half lengthwise and lay it on your work surface. It will be approximately 30" by 72" lying on the work surface.
Set your circle template on the fabric so that edge of the circle is 9-inches in from the folded edge and 10-inches down from the top edge. Pin the circle in place through both thicknesses of fleece. Cut out the circles.
You can now put aside the body of your... snuggle blanket while we move onto >making the sleeves...Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Making the Sleeve
Now we will cut out the fabric for the sleeves. You can measure your arm, from the top of your shoulder to your finger tips. If you do not want to measure the arm, 30-inches is a good number to start with. If the sleeve is too long it can always be trimmed after it is attached.
You will need to cut 2 sleeves, each one should be 27" by 30" (or whatever your arm length was).
Fold the sleeve in half, lining up the 30-inch long edges. Sew the 30-inch long edges together, using about a 1/2-inch seam... allowance. Lock stitch (sew back and forth) when you start and when you finish sewing.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Attach the Sleeves to the Body
The first thing you need to do is mark the top (where the shoulder will be) and bottom (where the arm pit will be) of the arm hole you cut in your large fleece piece. Use a pin to mark where the top and bottom of each arm hole.
Turn each sleeve so it is right side out. Mark the top and bottom of one of the openings in each sleeve. The seam will be the bottom. Place a pin directly across from the seam to mark the top.
With the right sides of the fabric together, pin the sleeves to the holes in the... body. Match up the top pins and the bottom pin with the arm seam and pin them together. Continue pinning the sleeve piece to the opening. You may need to stretch and bunch the fleece a little bit to get the raw edges lined up.
Now, sew the sleeves into the holes using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. make sure you lock stitch at the beginning and the end.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Finishing the SleevesWhen you are done sewing your sleeves on, turn your sleeves inside out. Using a pair of scissors, make a short snip in the seam allowance of each sleeve, about every half inch. Make sure you do not cut through the seam you sewed. This will help the sleeve lay flat.
Now your snuggle blanket is almost done...Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Finish Your Fleece Snuggle BlanketNow you can turn your snuggle blanket right-side out and try it on.
You will want the sleeves to sit at about the tips of your fingers, but you can make them whatever length you want. If they are too long, all you have to do is trim them. If your blanket is too long you can simply trim off any extra. Because the fleece does not fray, you do not have to worry about the raw edges.
If you like, you can also customize your fleece blanket. You can sew on fancy buttons or trim. Cut a square from your... left over fleece or coordinating fleece and sew on a pocket. You can use fabric paint to personalize your blanket.