The oldest two boys just celebrated their 7th & 4th birthdays…and we leave for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Disneyland quite soon. The boys are HUGE Star Wars fans, so I thought some fun Star Wars blankets would be perfect for their birthdays (and something cozy for our Disney road trip)! There are probably a million different tutorials for easy DIY fleece blankets on the internet already, but these Star Wars blankets were just too fun not to share! 😉 To make your own Star Wars blanket, you’ll need:
- Two different Star Wars fleece fabrics. I purchased the fabric shown above at my local Jo-Ann’s Craft/Fabric Store. Both fabrics are listed as 58″ wide. You can find them here: Ultra Cuddle Star Wars Characters & Fleece Darth Vader Blocks
- Fabric scissors
- Ruler or yardstick
- sewing machine (<— if you don’t sew, you can try the knotting method, but sewing this was WAY faster)!
So, here’s the scoop…you can make this a no-sew project or a very simple sewing version. When I started making these, I fully intended to do the no-sew knotted fleece blanket. But, that bright character fabric is the ultra cuddle fleece and I found the fringes breaking when I pulled on them a bit hard to knot them. So, thanks to the help a some friends (we were having a crafty night), I tossed that idea out the window and we turned this into a simple sewing project. No matter which method you choose, you’ll need equal yardage of the two different types of fleece. The amount you use will depend on how big you want your blankets. Just keep in mind that you’ll be using about 4 inches off all the edges for fringe. So, you might consider getting a little more than you think you might need. Since my boys are little, I only got about 2 yards of each fabric. Then, I cut everything in half to make two blankets. With coupons, it made each blanket only about $15/each. If you’re going to sew them, then just cut the fabric and place the “wrong-sides” together (so the bright, nicer sides are facing out on both sides). Then, do a simple stitch on the sewing machine about 3 to4 inches from the edges, all the way around. If the fabric is slipping, then use some pins to hold everything together. Once the two fabrics are sewn together, use scissors to cut 1″ fringes up to just below the stitch lines. Doing it this way was MUCH quicker than hand tying knots all the way around. But, if you don’t have access to a sewing machine, then you can do the knot method. Put the fabric together the same way, cut a perfect square (I did 3″ x 3″) out of the corners, and then use a meter/yard stick to cut approximately 1″ fringe all the way around the blanket. Once the fringe is cut, go through and knot each fringe layer together. Also…just a heads up if you use that ultra cuddle fabric (which is the bright characters and SUPER cute), it is a MESS when you’re cutting. There will be fuzzies everywhere. Really, all over everything.single.thing. So, plan on doing some vacuuming afterward. I was nervous that the blankets then would continue leaving fuzz everywhere. But, after washing the blankets once they were done, the fuzz issue is no more! 😉 And, the end result on the blankets are SO fun! I love projects that are easy, inexpensive and that the boys love! They were thrilled when I gave them the blankets for their birthdays. And, now I can’t wait to see them find out that they get to bring these in the car for Disneyland!!! So fun!
Do you have Star Wars fans who would love their own blanket?