Sewing and Crafts

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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Look what I made!!

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to sew.  A friend had recently bought a sewing machine and was learning how to sew, so I went over to her house to try it out.  I made napkins, which I thought would be fairly easy.  Wow, they were even easier than I thought they would be!

For my birthday this year, I got a sewing machine.  I had decided I wanted to sew a bedspread, but I knew I probably had to work up to that.  I sewed some more napkins, then a couple of placemats.  I sewed a cute little travel purse, then decided not to use it.  I was actually able to mend one of Stephen’s shirts, which had a hole in the armpit – if you look really closely you can tell, but if you don’t, it looks fine.

Then I decided I wanted to sew curtains for my kitchen.  I wanted one panel only, not two, but the material I had wasn’t long enough or wide enough, so I needed to do something to make it into one panel and make it pretty.  I finally decided to just add a solid panel to the bottom.  And you know what?  My curtains look AWESOME!

My next project, the one I just finished, I am quite in awe of.  Really.  I needed a bag for my yoga mat.  I wanted one big and roomy, so that the mat and the yogitoes and another towel and maybe a water bottle would fit inside.  My current one was only big enough for my mat – if rolled super tightly and perfectly.

In general, the bag was easy.  Take a piece of material, fold it, sew it.  There’s the tube.  I put a liner in as well.  I wanted a drawstring closure, with the drawstrings forming the straps.  So for straps I decided to use some material from the liner.  Then I decided to make the top of the bag out of the same material.  And it looks great.  Then I had to do the bottom of the bag.

Oy.  sewing a circle onto the bottom of a tube.  I was really pressing my knowledge at this point.  I read a couple of tutorials online, but nothing really made sense.  So I decided to wing it.  I pinned, then basted the bottom on, figuring it would look awful and I would need to adjust it.  But you know what?  It looked okay, at least okay enough for my purposes.  So I fully sewed the bottom on.

The end result?

It looks FREAKING AWESOME, and I am so bloody proud of myself!  🙂

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