How to Make a Snuggle Blanket With Sleeves
Want to cuddle up with a good book but still stay wrapped in your blanket? Believe it or not, all you need to do be able to do to make your fleece snuggle blanket with sleeves is cut a few straight lines and sew a few simple seams. It's a great project for kids who want to make gifts for friends or family!
Fleece comes in a wide variety of colors and designs, so you can personalize your snuggle blanket however you like. And when fleece goes on sale, you can make this for around $20 or less.
Gather Your Materials
The supplies for this project are easy to find:
- 3 yards of fleece (anti-pill fleece helps the blanket look nice longer)
- Plain paper and pencil
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and thread
Note: If this blanket is for someone very tall, you may want to increase the amount of fleece to 3 1/2 yards.
Cut the Body of the Snuggle Blanket
Cut a piece of fleece to 72 inches long and then cut the selvage edge off of both sides. To make sure the cuts are very straight, use a rotary cutter with a ruler and cutting mat.
To customize the length of your blanket, measure the person the fleece snuggle blanket will be for from their chin to the floor and add 12 inches. For example, if the measurement is 48 inches, the total length of the blanket would be 60 inches. If the person is very tall, you may need additional yardage.
Measure the Armhole Placement
Make an armhole template by cutting out a paper circle that is 8 inches across.
Fold the large piece of fleece in half lengthwise and lay it on your work surface. It should be approximately 30 inches by 72 inches when folded.
Place the circle template on the fabric so that the 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 Armholes
Cut around the circle template by lifting the pattern piece and snipping through both layers of fabric closer to the center of the circle. Then, cut out toward the edge of the template and cut around the pattern piece.
Make the Snuggle Blanket Sleeves
Cut two sleeve pieces, each measuring 27 inches by 30 inches.
Fold each 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. Backstitch (sew back and forth) when you start and finish sewing.
If this is for someone with very long arms, you can measure their arm from the top of the shoulder to the fingertips. Or, simply cut the sleeve pieces a few inches longer. For example, make them 27 inches by 33 inches. If the sleeves are too long, you can trim them after they are attached.
Attach the Sleeves to the Body
Mark the top and bottom of the holes you cut in the large fleece piece. Use a pin to mark the top and bottom of each armhole (shown here with red pins), which represent the shoulder and armpit.
Turn each sleeve right-side out. With each sleeve laying flat, place a pin directly across from the seam on the fold.
With the right sides of the fabric together, pin the sleeves to the holes in the body. Match the marked sleeve tops with the top pin in the blanket body, and match the sleeve seam with the bottom pin in the blanket body.
Continue pinning the sleeve piece to the opening. Sew around the sleeves using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Make sure you lock stitch at the beginning and the end.
Turn the snuggle blanket right-side out and try it on.
If the sleeves are too long, you trim them or make a cuff and tack it in place with a few stitches. If the 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. However, you can hem the edges if you want.
If you like, you can also customize your fleece blanket. Sew on fancy buttons or trim or cut a square from your leftover fleece or coordinating fleece and sew on a pocket. You can even use fabric paint or embroidery to personalize your blanket.