Last year for Christmas I made my husband the Ultimate Couch Blanket. It was a big hit. In fact it has been fought over and in use non-stop for a year now--by everyone but it's recipient! He never really gets the chance to use it because someone else has always snuggled in before him.So I thought it was time for more blankets!
This year I have made each of our girls an Ultimate Cuddle Blanket. A bit smaller than the adult-sized couch blanket, it is still one that they can grown into for years. It's perfect for the couch, bed, sleepovers, and pretending to hibernate in a cave. It's even big enough for two and it is super luxurious...
Each of these Ultimate Cuddle Blankets are about 48"x60" (some more some less depending on the width of the different fabrics) and made with the same incredibly soft minky. I used different minky fabrics for the front side and on the reverse they all have the same minky shag I fell in love with in the Ultimate Couch Blanket. I can't get over this stuff.
And of course, they all have the giant "foot pocket" on the shaggy side. No toes sticking out from under the blanket.
It's hard to show the pocket easily, but it's 36" high and the width of the blanket (about 48") with some stitching in the middle of the opening to keep it from falling open and hanging down. It will certainly keep our little girls' toesies toasty and could practically serve as a sleeping bag while they're small.
I am so relieved to have these three finished and under the tree. And I even get to share them with you before Christmas because my girls are too little to snoop around online. Can you guess which girl is getting the Dalmatian print?
- Minky Cuddle Dalmatian
- Minky Frosted Zebra Coral (this one is my favorite!)
- Minky Cuddle Shag in White
- Minky Cuddle Shag in Cream
- Minky Fleur Paisley in Natural/Pink
ULTIMATE CUDDLE BLANKET TUTORIAL
- 1 1/2 yards of a minky fabric of your choice
- 1 1/2 yards of a minky shag for the reverse side
- 2 yards of minky shag to form the pocket (so that's a total of 3 1/2 yards shag...)
- Coordinating thread
- Lots of pins!
1. Stack your 1 1/2 yards of printed minky and your 1 1/2 yards of shaggy minky right sides together. You may need to trim to make these pieces the same size. Or, if your shaggy minky is much larger you could refer to my Ultimate Couch Blanket tutorial which includes links for making a self binding. Pin together.
2. Stitch around the perimeter of the blanket using a .5" seam allowance. Leave a 5" opening for turning right sides out.
3. Turn right sides out and stitch your opening closed.
4. Take your 2 yards of shaggy minky and fold it in half so that you have a rectangle measuring 48" wide by 36" high. This assumes your blanket started out 48". If not, trim the width accordingly. The pocket doesn't have to be exactly as wide as your blanket but you don't want it wider...
5. Stitch around the 3 sides of your pocket using a .5" seam allowance, but leave a 5" opening for turning. Turn right sides out and stitch the opening closed.
Now lay your blanket out shaggy side up. Lay your pocket on top of the shaggy side so it is at the bottom and all the edges are aligned. Pin in place. You may want to use large safety pins.
On the right side (patterned side) of blanket pin the layers of the blanket together all around the perimeter.
Now stitch around the entire perimeter of the blanket using a 1" seam allowance. In addition to being a nice top stitching detail this will attach the pocket. The perimeter of the pocket will be free for the distance of your seam allowance but I like this look because it creates even more fluffy shag.
Now, one final detail is to stitch a square at the top of the pocket opening to hold up the pocket (otherwise the weight of the minky will cause it to hang down). To do this, lay out the blanket and smooth it so it is as square and flat as possible. Use a couple safety pins to pin together the blanket and pocket layers at the top center of the pocket.
Now stitch a square that is roughly 2"x2". Or, if you want the stitching to blend in a bit you can stitch a shape to match the pattern of your minky as I did in on Ultimate Couch Blanket.
Your Ultimate Cuddle Blanket is ready to go. Wrap it up! Or wrap up in it. Either way there are sure to be smiles.