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