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Create to Give

July 26, 2012 in Projects

My office recently collected donations for a local animal shelter, and towels/blankets were among the list of things they needed. I got to brainstorming and decided that I wanted to make a couple fleece blankets. I went to my local fabric shop and found some cute fleece on sale for about $5/yard.

Here’s how to make them:

Supplies:

  • Fleece or flannel
  • Fabric shears
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or serger

1. Cut Fabric

I bought 3 yards of fleece, so I made three, one yard blankets. Grab your ruler, mark your fabric in one yard increments, then cut where you marked. It’s important to have nice and sharp fabric shears, especially when cutting fleece.

2. Finish the Edges

Although you don’t have to finish the edges because fleece won’t fray, I wanted to give the blankets a little more of a professional look. If you have a serger, serge along all four sides of the blanket.

If you don’t have a serger, sew along the edges with a tight zigzag stitch. Trim the seam allowance right up to the stitch, but make sure you don’t accidentally clip any of the stitches.

3. Add Your Signature

I don’t have personalized tags or anything, but I do like to leave my mark when I make something to give away. If you’re in the same boat as I am, cut off three short lengths of ribbon. Sew the ribbon onto the blanket in the one of the corners using the decorative stitch of your choice.

4. Donate your blankets!

Now, a dog or cat in need will have a nice, cozy blanket to keep them warm and comfortable while they wait for their fur-ever home. What do you create to give?

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