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Finding the best blanket for winter can be a long search but making homemade blankets is one of the great ideas for a winter weekend spent at home. Creating a DIY blanket is a calming activity and it helps you in creating a cozy winter home.
Does the idea of knitting, crocheting, and quilting make you nervous? Sure, it takes some practice but there are also simpler sewing patterns and hacks that you can try so don’t feel discouraged.
Here we aim to give you some blanket ideas, but not how to make a blanket or how to make a throw blanket. If you are already a knitter or crocheter you will already be able to do this, and you will know the stitches to use.
10 Homemade Blanket Ideas to DIY this Winter
So, if you are already a crafty person, then these homemade blanket ideas are a great source of inspiration. Numbers 1 – 5 are easy to do ideas about how to make homemade blankets best for those that are new to the world of home crafts. They are budget-friendly and don’t take up too much time.
If making DIY blankets is already on your skill setlist and you are here looking for new ideas then have a go at number 6 and onwards. Remember to look up a few online tutorials so that you can start on the right foot.
1. Fringe the Edges
Already have a crocheted, plaid or knit blanket at home that could do with a redesign? Homemade blankets are ideal for a flourish of something to reinvent them and adding fringed edges is a quick and easy way to completely change the look and feel.
2. Add Iron On Patches
For the ultra easy blanket why not try this simple idea. The selection of patches is endless, from cute cartoons to long graphic patterns, you can get as creative as you want. Make this the fastest DIY project you’ve ever taken on by getting the iron-on type and transform a basic store-bought throw into something unique, please check that the throw you are ironing them onto is heatproof.
3. Coverlet with Tassels
Spruce up your bed linen with a tassel coverlet. You can either sew fluffy yarn tassels onto an existing coverlet or start from scratch with a rich soft fabric that perfectly matches your duvet.
This is so easy to make that you don’t even need a sewing machine. You can either take one large piece of soft fabric and make creative knots on its edges or knot together different pieces of fabric for a funky alternative to the patchwork style.
5. Arm Knitting
If you already enjoy knitting then learning how to arm knit is a fun new skill to try. It is also a good introduction for those that don’t know how to knit (yet).
The idea of arm knitting is using your arms instead of knitting needles so that you can work with thick chunky wool. The result is a modern and cool pattern that stands out.
6. Sweater Patchwork
Patchwork is a great way to add color and patterns to your living room or bedroom. This specific patchwork blanket made of old sweaters will also clear up your closet space.
Rummage through all the closets and drawers in the house and pull out the sweaters that are not worn anymore. Cut them up into squares of the same size and you have all the fabric you need for your next project.
7. Knit Irregular Shapes
Who says they should be rectangular? When you are only using it as a decorative piece then you have a lot more freedom in its shape like large fluffy circles, for example.
8. DIY Reversible
Have you been looking online for a reversible piece but never seem to like both sides? Why not make your own so that you can choose two of the best fabrics in your favorite color, like gray flannel and white sheepskin or a bright yellow felt and black and white plaid.
A weighted blanket is more difficult to make but they seem to really help children and adults that struggle to fall asleep. There is a precise science behind the size and weight so make sure you are following the right instructions and making it fit a specific person.
10. Mixing Knitting Patterns
Want something with a lot of texture but in a single solid color? Then practice different knitting patterns and incorporate them into one design.
You can either make each row a different pattern for an eclectic piece or alternate 2 or 3 knitting patterns to create your own textile. Using the same color of yarn keeps it looking cohesive and intentional instead of a practice project.
Making your own is a great way to spend your time indoors when it is too cold to go outside. It adds personal flair to your interior design without you needing to blow your budget on new furniture or expensive designer decorations.
The great thing about making DIY blankets is that you can make it as easy or as difficult as you can handle. There are plenty of ways to customize a store-bought piece or go all the way and make one completely by yourself.