Blanket to Pillow – IkeaHack

When I was in my early teens, we had this blanket that folded into a pillow.  I loved this thing.  It was late 80’s floral, not quite Laura Ashley, but close, and had lacy fringe.  Not something I would want now – I didn’t even like the look of it then.  But it was awesome.  And here’s why:

Not only did this blanket fold into itself to form a small pillow (hello easy storage), the part the blanket folded into made a fabulous pocket for my feet.  No tucking the blanket around your feet, trying to keep them warm, you just tuck them into this little pocket and your feet and ankles stay warm.

I’ve been asking my mother for years for a new one of these…not really sure why I haven’t gotten one yet.  Then I started sewing, and figured this would be a fairly simple thing to do.  So I decided to try it myself.

I picked up a fleece blanket from Ikea (for about 3€, I think?) for another project I was working on, so I went ahead and picked up a second one in a complimentary color.  Here’s a brief, simple tutorial on how I did it.

Two fleece blankets from Ikea

Two fleece blankets from Ikea

Cut out a square from one blanket and pin it at the bottom of the other blanket, centered.

Cut out a square from one blanket and pin it at the bottom of the other blanket, centered.

You can make it pretty much whatever size you want.  I chose 16″x16″, but you could make it a rectangle, too, if you wanted.  Be sure to cut the piece to include extra material for seam allowance (this piece of blue was probably 17.5×17 (you don’t need seam allowance at the top, since you won’t be sewing that bit)).

Sew down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side, leaving the top of the square open.  Cut excess fabric as close to seam as possible.

Sew down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side, leaving the top of the square open. After sewing, cut excess fabric as close to seam as possible.

Fleece doesn’t unravel, so you don’t have to worry about a neat hem…unless you want to.

Finished blanket (with pocket on the underside)

Finished blanket (with pocket on the underside)

Finished underside of blanket

Finished underside of blanket

Fold blanket lengthwise into thirds (or to where it hits the edge of the pocket) then fold down to the size of the pocket.

Fold blanket lengthwise into thirds (or to where it hits the edge of the pocket) then fold down to the size of the pocket.

And flip the pocket inside out, so that the rest of the blanket goes inside.

And flip the pocket inside out, so that the rest of the blanket goes inside.

Finished Pillow

Finished Pillow

Finished Pillow

Finished Pillow

Apparently, this is called a “Quillow.”  There are a bunch of other tutorials (perhaps more helpful than mine) online, if you do a search, but here‘s one, and here‘s another.  You can also buy them ready-made, of course – etsy‘s always a good choice.  They’re especially great for traveling – a long road trip with a couple of these, and I’d be a happy camper.

So that’s it!  I finally did a little IkeaHack!  And I finally have my blanket with a foot pocket that folds into a pillow!  I love that I’ve learned how to sew.  🙂

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2 thoughts on “Blanket to Pillow – IkeaHack

  1. we had a quillow growing up and i loved it for the exact same reasons – a little pocket for my feet. i completely forgot about it until this post! That’s awesome that you made one so easily!

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