Homemade blankets are charming and sentimental. Some would argue that they are cozier and more loved than store-bought ones. Therefore it's no surprise that DIY blankets make great gifts.
These blanket tutorials cover a wide range of styles and techniques. In most cases, you will be able to tailor each blanket to the needs of your family.
This list includes some no-sew options as well as more complex knitting projects. Each throw blanket can be completed in a weekend and won't require too much legwork.
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Use Two Warm Fabrics for a Stadium Blanket
To keep your family warm for outdoor sporting events in the fall, sew a double-sided throw blanket using two thick flannel fabrics. This tutorial is easily customizable for sports fans. Pick fabrics in your team's colors and paint on some matching horizontal stripes with fabric paint.
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Add Several Rows of Pom-Poms
This no-sew blanket tutorial upgrades an existing throw blanket by adding a pom-pom trim. Instead of a single row, multiple rows of coordinating colors are hot glued to the blanket edge. If you use glue instead of a sewing machine, be careful when washing. It may be best to hand wash this throw to keep it intact.
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Pick out a Blanket Crochet Pattern for Beginners
If you just started crocheting, don't overwhelm yourself with a complex pattern with multiple stitches. This pattern is perfect for beginners and will help them practice color changes with the simple striping design. Not only that, the finished product looks great, too.
How to Crochet a Beginner Fall Throw Blanket from Mama in a Stitch
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Soothe a Nervous Child With a Weighted Blanket
Children with special needs can benefit a great deal from weighted blankets, but so can the entire family. These heavier throws have helped calm people with insomnia and other stress-related issues. In general, you should make your weighted blanket about 10 percent of the person's body weight, so a blanket for a child will be significantly lighter than one for an adult.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Embroider Large Patterns on a Throw Blanket
Transform a basic throw blanket into a beautifully bohemian accent by adding large scale embroidery. To do this, pick out three or more colors of chunky yarn and a knitting gauge needle. Plan out your pattern in advance so you have a general idea of where to start.
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Try This Blanket If You Don't Own a Sewing Machine
This fleece knotted blanket makes a perfect gift for kids and is so easy to make. When purchasing fleece for this project, don't cheapen out. Select an anti-pill fabric, which will make the blanket last through many washes.
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Tie on Some Yarn Tassels to a Fleece Blanket
A common way to finish the edges of a fleece blanket without a sewing machine is to tie them together. If you have some spare yarn, use it to create tassels that you can add to the edges instead.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fleece Blankets from A Girl and a Glue Gun
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Learn How to Arm Knit a Large Chunky Blanket
Some threads are too thick to be able to easily crochet or knit. In this instance, learn how to knit with your arms and create the ultimate chunky blanket. The site featuring this tutorial sells braided blanket kits that come with the exact amount of material needed to eliminate some of the guesswork.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Make a Baby Blanket as a Gift
The key to making a successful blanket for a baby gift is to give it a variety of fun textures and patterns. For this tutorial, the idea isn't to make a blanket that the child will be wrapped up in. Instead, create a blanket that is smaller in scale that the child can clutch in its hands for comfort and sensory stimulation.
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Patch Together Pieces of Felt
This blanket was put together using old wool sweaters, but you could also make it using felt fabric remnants from other crafting projects. Instead of sewing the pieces together, each corner is held together by a yarn pom-pom. Given the fragile nature, this throw might be best for the adults in the household and not the kids or pets.
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Crochet a Chunky Knit Blanket
This blanket is super easy to make once you learn some basic crochet stitches. To achieve this chunky, cozy effect, pick out a thick gauge yarn and a size Q crochet hook. Save up some coupons in advance and look out for sales, because you'll need quite a few yards of yarn to complete this blanket.
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Snuggle up With This Cozy Fleece Blanket
Making a blanket that you can snuggle in is not much harder than making a regular throw. This fleece snuggle blanket is perfect for reading a good book. It has built-in sleeves, so you won't have to worry about having cold arms.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Attach Extra Large Pom-Poms to a Blanket
To add a luxurious element to any throw blanket, think bigger. The larger the pom-pom, the more impact it will have on the coziness of the blanket. You can purchase pre-made pom-poms or you can learn how to make them yourself.
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Fringe the Edge of a Flannel Throw
A very simple way to finish a blanket without a sewing machine is to fringe the edge. This technique works best on plaid flannel fabric and will look store-bought if done evenly. The result will be a rustic and cozy blanket that will make a great gift or addition to your throw collection.
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Quilt a Blanket out of Old Sweaters
After you "Marie Kondo" your way through your wardrobe, check out the stack of sweaters and pick out some that would work well in a patchwork blanket. This tutorial uses several dozen 9-inch squares to put together an eclectic and cozy quilt.