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Funky Blanket Designs and Ideas

April 29, 2021 4 min read

Homemade blankets are one of the best ways to capture a charming and sentimental addition to your interiors. It’s often thought that making them by hand or DIYing a blanket is adds a cozier and unique vibe to your home, as there has been a lot of thought and love into the process.

Handmade blankets can be created in many different ways, and you don’t have to be a master with the sewing machine to design one. The beauty of a blanket is that it can be tailored to your home or a particular room or person to make it even more unique.

Blanket patterns come in a variety of ability levels, including beginners and advanced knitting patterns. Once you get started, the process doesn’t take too long, especially if you choose a more straightforward pattern to get you going.

So what are some of the best blanket designs and ideas? Take a look below at the range of techniques you can use to create a homemade blanket.

T-shirt blanket

Blankets made from shirts are one of the best ways to personalize your creation. They are relatively simple to make, and the designs are tailored to the type of t-shirts you use. If you want to make a blanket with lots of shirts, check out the tutorials online to get a feel for the size and shape you want to make. You’ll need a few things to get started, including a sewing machine and backing fabric, but the process is typically inexpensive. You can also send your old t-shirts to a t-shirt blanket company, and they’ll do all the hard work for you. A personalized shirt blanket is a great gift idea too, and you can keep adding to the design over time.

Add embellishments to old blankets

If you have some old blankets that could do with a bit of a spruce up, why not add some embellishments to them. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or complicated, and there are no-sew options for those that are not great with a needle and thread. A cool blanket idea is to include a strip of pom-poms around the edge. These can be purchased in strips and stuck onto the fabric with special glue. However, if you need to wash it, it’s best to hand wash your DIY blanket to avoid the embellishment coming off.

Get crocheting

Crochet blankets are rising in popularity again, and it’s probably because they’re typically simpler to create than other blanket designs. There is a range of patterns to choose from, including beginner stitch patterns to help you practice. The texture of this blanket works well in all types of interiors. You can choose a wide variety of colors and patterns, and the finished blanket looks amazingly cozy whether you’re putting it in a bedroom or on the couch.

Chunky knit blankets

This style of blanket has boomed in popularity over the past few years. Since Hygge entered our lives, the texture and coziness of a knit blanket have taken over interior spaces. The beauty of this blanket style is you can choose the size of the yarn to make it as big or small as you wish. A trending design is learning how to arm knit a chunky blanket. These yarns are very big, and instead of using traditional knitting needles, you use your arms as the guide. There are tons of tutorials online to create an arm knit blanket, and some provide you with the amount of fabric you’ll need to gauge the size.

Baby blankets

There’s no better gift for a baby than a baby blanket! Tiny tots love the different textures of a blanket, and many use them as a comforter. You can choose designs for large wrap-style blankets or smaller sensory options. There are many patterns available when creating your own. Plus, a baby blanket makes the ideal gift for a newborn. When creating one, try to incorporate machine washable fabrics, as they will need to be cleaned frequently. There are plenty of pre-shrunk fabrics available to make a blanket. These options avoid shrinkage in the wash to avoid affecting the design and size.

Create a patchwork felt blanket

Felt fabric is typically soft on the skin and makes a great blanket fabric for all ages. You can choose to use leftover scraps from crafting projects or buy felt panels to create a clean design. Sewing panels together is pretty straightforward; plus, you can use different colors to create a unique look. There are no-sew options for this design too, but they are more delicate, so they are best avoided if you have pets or kids wanting to snuggle up in it.

Doubled up designs

For a really simple yet super warm blanket, double up on the fabric and sew two blankets together. Use two thick materials, but they don’t have to be matching and sew the edging. This blanket is ideal for keeping warm in outdoor events or watching the kids play sports in low temperatures. The added insulation help keep your body temperature balanced.

Fringe the edges

Another no-sew blanket design this is easy to recreate is fringing the edges. This idea works best on plaid blankets and can add a cozy and rustic vibe to your material. Fringing the edges is typically simple but be sure to keep it even so it looks perfect. A DIY fringe on a blanket can also add a personalized touch to store brought items.

 

There are numerous blanket designs to get stuck into, including those for beginners and more advanced crafters. Whether you want to keep it simple or create a totally personalized blanket for a gift idea, the selection of fabrics and techniques available makes it a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Why not try it for yourself and add an affordable blanket to your interior spaces.



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