Homemade Blankets and Quilts
This quilt is very simple to make, but the hand-quilting does take some time. The story here is the joyfulness of the fabric, which lends itself especially well to being quilted along the lines because it includes both large and small designs.
If you can knit a scarf, you can make a blanket. (You don't even need to add or reduce stitches!) Following our diagram, sew the pieces together with the marigold yarn, using a loose mattress stitch.
Gingham Knit Blanket
Knitters, here's another one for you: even if your skills max out at scarves, you can make a blanket with quick-to-knit (not even stockinette!) strips: When scarves of alternating stripes are sewing together, they create a gingham pattern.
Quilt with Knots
In addition to being very sweet, the tassel-like ties hold the quilt together in lieu of stitches—in fact, they're called "quilt knots." And if there’s no newborn in your circle, the finished product also makes a nice lap warmer on cool nights.
Bird Embroidered Quilt
This finished quilt is made of 30 embroidered squares plus 26 plain squares that are incorporated to form a border.
Shapes cut from a variety of cream-colored felted sweaters are pieced together to create a 3 1/2-by-5-foot blanket. Choose knits of a similar weight, but vary the patterns. Cut out and arrange the pieces so that the patterns point in different directions. Secure with a zigzag stitch. Order the pieces so that those with hemmed edges form the perimeter of the blanket, or hem the edges.
Blanket with Twisted-Cord Tassels
Tassels in a palette of red, gold, and orange give a charcoal pillow and throw a custom look while adding texture and bursts of color to an otherwise monochromatic scheme. Twisted-cord tassels made of mohair yarn embellish a mohair throw.
This cozy wool blanket and pillow are perfect for a cold winter's night.
Handmade Patchwork Quilt
This quilt top is very easy to make, even if you're new to quilt-making. The design is created simply by sewing strips around a center piece to form concentric rectangles.
A baby's clothes acquire history so quickly: There is the blanket she came home from the hospital in, the overalls she wore while learning to crawl, the flannel pajamas she fell asleep in at night. For those items too precious to give away, or too stained to pass along, there is a solution more creative and less cluttering than a box in the attic -- a baby memory quilt that is sure to become an heirloom.
Wool-Tweed Patchwork Throw
Traditionally, patchwork quilts are made from fabric remnants too small to be used in other sewing projects. But for this variation, three men's wool tweed sport coats are cut up to provide the fabric squares needed to make this cozy patchwork throw.
All that's needed to make these throws is about 2 yards of fabric wool or wool/cashmere fabric and enough premade fringe to sew across the width of the fabric twice.
Simple Baby Quilt
This charming baby quilt is an easy-to-make gift, perfect for new moms.
Microfleece Baby Blanket
A baby blanket should be soft, warm, attractive, and, most important, washable. Microfleece -- a thinner version of Polarfleece -- makes a cozy baby blanket; it meets all of the aforementioned requirements and is reasonably priced, too.