Those in the UK who want to know how to make a fur blanket that will keep them warm should check out this creative and quick five-step guide.
As we may know, fur blankets tend to be pricey and out of budget. We will mention tips to make your experience simpler and more affordable.
How To Make A Fur Blanket The DIY Way
Step #1. Preparation
Before putting into reality the fur blanket you have been dreaming of, you must first check the available materials you have and those in the UK that you need to purchase.
The materials that will help you start doing this project are:
- 1 ½ yard or 60” inches faux fur fabric
- 1 ½ yard or 60” inches silky fabric for the back
- Measuring tape and ruler
- Sewing machine
Using measuring tape, ruler, and pen, mark the sides of the fabric depending on how big you want it to be.
There must be at least ½ inch seam allowances for your blanket to be 1 inch smaller lengthwise and widthwise.
Step #2. Trimming
Cutting the fabric may be an exciting experience for you. However, you must be very careful because there is no going back once you use your scissors.
Slide your scissors through the fur to cut the back of the fabric to size. Do not cut the fur fabric and take only small snips of the back.
Step #3. Pinning
Straighten the fur fabric right-side-down onto the silky fabric which is facing right-side-up. Use the pins to stick the materials together.
You need to cut the silky fabric to the same size as the fur fabric.
Step #4. Sewing
Two steps to go, and you may already have a glimpse at the expected outcome in this particular step.
With the pins stuck in their place, you must sew together the fabrics around their perimeters.
Do not forget the ½ “ seam allowance, and you must leave a 12” opening and backstitch on either side of it.
Then, cut the corners of the seam allowances diagonally to reduce the bulk in its corners.
Step #5. Finishing
It is now the time to turn your blanket right-side-out and use your skills in hand stitching. By using the needle and the thread, hand sew the opening and create an almost invisible seam.
Fold the fabric towards each other and catch for ½ “ from each side of the material. Start stitching and finish up on the fur side.
How do I clean my fur blanket at home in the UK?
Every kind of fabric has its way of getting washed. You may be worried about the ways to clean your fur blanket at home in the UK.
As the creator of this blanket, you may want to personally clean it instead of asking other people in the UK to do it for you.
In washing the fabric of your blanket, you must use a gentle detergent or a mild laundry detergent. The fibre content of your blanket is a must to know to take care of it excellently.
With the help of your washing machine, fill it with cold water and be ready to add your detergent.
The detergent must be free of softeners because it makes it harder for the water to permeate the fabric. After placing the blanket into the machine, allow the cycle to be complete and wait for it.
You do not need to use a dryer as it may only damage your blanket. You must allow your fur fabric to air dry and hang it in the clothesline from your outdoor access.
If you don’t have one, you can drape it over the back of two chairs and make sure to shake it after drying to fluff it again.
How can I keep my fur blanket soft?
You might be afraid that your fur blanket may lose its cosy effect if you make a mistake in maintaining its quality. Surprisingly, it does not take that much to keep your blanket soft and comfy.
You need to avoid using a fabric softener and use the best method of drying, which is air drying. You may use a fabric conditioner instead, which keeps clothes fresh and soft.
It also protects your fabric from being damaged during washing.
If you also use a dryer instead of hanging the blanket outdoors, you must make sure that you use the lowest heat setting possible.
It may be ripped, curled, and scalloped with high heat, which takes away its softness. For a more natural and cost-effective way of caring for it, you may also use white vinegar as your natural fabric softener.
Fur blankets are well-loved because of their ability to provide comfort and relaxation to our bodies.
However, do you know how to make a fur blanket? You can have a more affordable one by simply cutting, pinning, and sewing your own!
Remember that it also has its way of being taken care of, so consider how you must clean it to keep its softness.