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Wool Blanket

This cozy wool blanket and pillow are perfect for a cold winter's night.

Wool Blanket

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2006

materials

  • 2 yards of 60-inch-wide double-faced wool (1 1/2 yards for the blanket, 1/2 yard for the pillow)

  • Snowflake template

  • Tailor's chalk

  • Scissors

  • Matte knife

  • Needle and thread

  • 18-inch pillow form

  • Sewing machine (for the pillow only)

steps

  1. Cut the fabric so you have one large piece that is 54 inches by 60 inches. To make fringe on the edges of the blanket, cut 1-inch strips that are 1/4-inch wide, then snip ends at a 45-degree angle.

  2. Download the snowflake template. Draw snowflakes on blanket (as many and wherever you want) using tailor's chalk. Using a matte knife, cut 8 slits from the inner circle's edge to the outer circle's edge; repeat for all snowflakes.

  3. Flip material over. Pinch the sides of one strip of a snowflake and tack-stitch in the center using color-coordinated thread. Sew about 3 stitches on each snowflake point. Continue until you've sewn all 8 points on all snowflakes.

  4. Using the corner of the blanket, gently rub away any remaining tailor's chalk.

  5. Cut remaining fabric into two 18-inch-by-18-inch squares. Draw a snowflake on one side of fabric using tailor's chalk.

  6. Using matte knife, cut 8 slits from the inner circle's edge to the outer circle's edge. Flip material over. Pinch the sides of one strip and tack-stitch in the center using color-coordinated thread. Sew about 3 stitches on each snowflake point. Continue until you've sewn all 8 points.

  7. Cover one side of the pillow with the piece of fabric with the snowflake and the other side with the other 18-inch-by-18-inch piece of wool. Using a sewing machine, stitch the pieces of fabric together, covering the pillow completely.

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