I’m joining in with my Canadian bloggy friends again this month and the challenge for February’s #12MonthsofDIY is fabric and boy oh boy, do I have a VERY simple DIY project for you! If you can sew a straight line, you can do this project. This DIY chenille blanket or throw was inspired by my love of being cozy on the couch when it’s time to relax for the evening, watch some TV, put my feet up, chill, you know, kick back a little… I am always under a blankie or a throw. If I’m sitting there without anything I feel completely… awkward! You thought I was going to say naked didn’t you? Ha ha, truth be told I did type naked, but that just felt very wrong. 😉 You get the idea though, I like to be warm and cozy especially on chilly winter evenings.
The title to this blog post should really say, EASY DIY chenille blanket with pom-poms… the hardest part about this whole project was making the pom-poms… but they are to die-for adorable and I just had to have them on my cozy new throw.
Chenille blankets are typically pretty expensive… I made this one for the fraction of the cost it would be to buy one and heck I made it… that’s just too fun!
The materials you will need:
- 1 – 1 /2 yards of chenille fabric of your choice (I just loved the look and feel of the white chenille I picked – sooooo soft) the fabric I chose was 60″ wide, with 1 – 1/2 yards in length, that turned out to be 60″ too, a nice square throw
- 1 flannel top sheet (I used a king top sheet, why a top sheet? It’s weird, does this happen to you? The bottom sheet in a set wears out and the top sheet is worn, but still has lots of life left? It’s a win win, the bottom is cut up for shop rags and the top sheet was just perfect for this new throw)
- Yarn (I used some white yarn that I had left over from a past project)
- Sewing machine (my faithful $25.00 yard sale find)
- Sharp scissors
- Straight pins
- Ironing board (I used this for pinning the sheet to the chenille and cutting any excess flannel off)
Steps to make your chenille blanket:
1. Pin the good sides of your flannel top sheet and chenille fabric together.
2.Trim any excess flannel away to match the size of your chenille.
3. Start sewing each edge (4) of your two fabrics together.
4. Sew along all 4 edges and stop to leave an opening (approx 5″) this opening is left to turn the whole blanket right side out.
5. Pull the right sides of the blanket out through the opening.
6. Sew along the opening of the blanket to close the hole, making sure that the raw edges are folded in, keep on stitching along all 4 sides again to create a nice finished edge, I just used the sewing machine pressure foot as the guide to how wide the finished edge should be.
How to make the perfect pom-poms in 5 min:
I searched the interwebz high and low, (I may be a tad obsessed with pom-poms) to make the perfect pom-pom (that’s just fun to say)… I’ve looked at and have tried a number of tutorials, this is the one I like the best!
***Please note that when I made my pom-poms they shed like crazy when shaking and shaping them.
1. Make as many pom-poms as you want, I stopped myself at 19, 8 per side ( I decided to only do 2 opposite sides).
2. Space them out evenly along the edges you’d like them on, use straight pins to mark the spacing.
3. Use a darning needle to sew your pom-poms onto your blanket edge.
4. Sew the pom-poms onto your blanket using the tails left from making the pom-poms (see the video above). I also tied the ends together and stopped when I felt they were secure, trim any excess tails off.
Enjoy that cozy soft blanket, I know I will enjoy mine!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
Have you been playing along with us on Instagram? We want to see your DIY fabric projects for our #12MonthsofDIY challenge! Our favourite DIY will be featured on all 12 of our Instagram accounts on February 29th! How to play, follow all 12 of your hosts on Instagram (pop on over to my account to for a list of hosts), share a photo on your public Instagram account of your own fabric DIY project with the hashtags #12MonthsofDIY and #februaryfabric by February 28th and check in on February 29th to see if your project has been chosen as our favourite!
Last month we had such a hard time picking our favourite mason jar project, they were all so awesome! If you’d like to see last month’s challenge you can check that out here!
Thanks so much for stopping in!