Sherpa Fleece Blanket

Oh. My. Gosh.
I LOVVVVE these blankets!
And this one….

And all the sherpa fleece blankets—as does everyone else in our house.
This cactus blanket sits on our little gold couch.

(Do you remember that couch?)
((The one that I was searching for? For like, ever?))
(((And I said I was going to get it recovered? But I never did. And now it officially has a hole in it. Maybe it’s time…)))

Well, that cozy blanket looks great on the gold couch and I use it nightly.
And sometimes it makes a trip outside to the porch swing (equal love there. Everyone needs a porch swing).
The day I sewed this blanket, Lucy took it to bed with her. I think she felt like a queen wrapped around in its cozy goodness.

I’ve made these blankets with Day Trip fabrics, and Blush fabrics, and they are so much fun. They’re so easy!
• There’s a layer of soft Sherpa Fleece on the back (I got mine at Jo-Ann, but here’s a similar version on Amazon).
• There’s a large cut of fabric on the front.
• There are awesome mitered corners around, with a cool self-binding technique.

The best part is that they look so high-end and posh when you’re done.
PERFECT GIFT IDEA.

Make ’em any size you want!
And you know what….this technique of making a self-binding quilt would be perfect with traditional quilting. Try it out!
I’ll show you tips for getting those perfect mitered corners. Plus, there’s a sneak peek at my new Baby Lock BRILLIANT sewing machine. It’s white and yellow! Yay!


Okay, LET’S MAKE BLANKETS!
All the step-by-step info is in my video here.
Or just hit the play button below:

BLANKET DIMENSIONS:

DOLL SIZE
Top Fabric – 22″ x 25″
Back Fabric (Sherpa Fleece) – 28″ x 31″

TODDLER/LAP BLANKET SIZE
Top Fabric – 38″ x 52″
Back Fabric (Sherpa Fleece) – 44″ x 58″

THROW BLANKET SIZE
Top Fabric – 53″ x 63″ (See * NOTE below)
Back Fabric (Sherpa Fleece) – 59″ x 69″ Note: sherpa fleece is typically 60 inches wide, so you will only need one large piece of fleece for the back.

ANY SIZE
Top Fabric -Desired finished dimensions
Back Fabric (Sherpa Fleece) – add 6 inches to both dimensions

* If you’re making a large lap-size blanket, you may need to piece two large cuts of fabric together (since most quilting cotton is only 42 inches wide). It’s best to lay everything out smoothly on the floor. Use safety pins to hold the two layers together as you sew.

[Hold it Bin pattern here]

And keep sharing your photos with me on Instagram! Tag me @made_everyday.
Check out these photos of our friend Rick, from church (I just have to share). His wife texted me saying, “We just left the fabric store and Rick is going to make 2 of your blankets!” I told her she had to take pictures for me. And there you go! Crafty Rick. Seriously, he’s amazing. He also made an eagle mascot costume for his son for their high school.

Have a cozy afternoon!

  1. 1) NancY

    I can’t find the demensions of your blankets. I want to make the bigger one.

    • 2) Dana

      Hi Nancy sorry about that! I just added the Blanket Dimensions here to the blog post, and they are in the video description as well. Have fun sewing!

  2. 3) Penny

    Great video as always! I should say Brilliant (for your sewing machine.) Joanns here I come. Perfect project for predicted snow tonight in Wisconsin April 10. Enjoy your I’m assuming nice weather! Happy sewing everyone.

    • 4) Dana

      Haha. Thanks Penny! 🙂 I hope you’re feeling BRILLIANT too! 🙂

  3. 5) Rachelle

    Simple and brilliant as always Dana!!
    The larger size looks perfect, can you tell us the dimensions of the top please?
    I would like to make one as a baby gift, and since I’m a quilter I’d make a simple pieced top, just as you mentioned. Thanks!

    • 6) Dana

      Hi Rachelle, sorry about that! I just added the Blanket Dimensions here to the blog post, and they are in the video description as well.
      THROW BLANKET SIZE
      Top Fabric – 53″ x 63″ (See * NOTE below)
      Back Fabric (Sherpa Fleece) – 59″ x 69″ Note: sherpa fleece is typically 60 inches wide, so you will only need one large piece of fleece for the back.
      * If you’re making a large lap-size blanket, you may need to piece two large cuts of fabric together (since most quilting cotton is only 42 inches wide). It’s best to lay everything out smoothly on the floor. Use safety pins to hold the two layers together as you sew.

  4. 7) Emily

    Dimensions too please!

    • 8) Dana

      Hi Emily,
      Sorry about that! I just added the Blanket Dimensions here to the blog post, and they are in the video description as well. Have fun sewing!

  5. 9) Stacey

    Great tutorial! Can’t wait to make one. Loved the Ferris Bueller touch at the end!

    • 10) Dana

      Haha. I’m glad you stuck around for it! 🙂

  6. 11) Julie

    Hi Dana, thank you for sharing your sewing expertise! Love this blanket! I would rather not use the sherpa since I live in Florida and it would be really heavy for us. Can the sherpa be replace with minky? If so, would the process still work with the minky fabric? Thank you!

  7. 12) Jamie Russo

    Hi Dana, I love ALL of your tutorials. My daughter and I made the throw blanket size yesterday. We had to mark ours up with a fabric pencil like your friend Rick did. Two questions..1) Do you mark yours or just eyeball where the lines should go? That was an undertaking…. 2) Getting the lines off – we used the Sherpa Fleece with a flannel fabric for the top. Can I just throw this in the wash or should we hand wash the lines off? Thanks!

  8. 13) gina

    Hello! I love your fabrics and patterns so much! I’m making this for my soon to be niece. Did you use the Sherpa fabric from Joanne? I’m here now and it’s dry clean only so I’m hesitant! If so, have you machine washed it?
    Thank you!
    Gina

    • 14) Dana

      Hi Gina, yes! I think I actually did get the “dry clean only” one…but guess what, I washed/dried it in my washer at home and it turned out great! I’ve only washed it once, so we will see how it does over time 🙂
      But I love it! I use the blanket every night on my couch 🙂

  9. 15) Jessica B.

    These are absolutely brilliant! I love the mitered self-binding. Have never tried that but now I know I definitely need to! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Oh…and can we talk about that green chair in the pic?!?! I’m in love! 😍

  10. 16) Kelly

    Ohhh my. Haha. I love the pictures of “Rick”.

  11. 17) Pam Zulauf

    Hi Dana,

    No doubt I’m going to make some of these for gifts! I’m also going to make it the opposite way too(sherpa fabric in the middle with a fabric border) for my dear pets!
    Thanks! Love your projects!! Thanks for explaining the steps so well, it helps a beginners like me! 🙂

    • 18) Mimi M

      I love this and I’m so excited to try it? Could one maybe put quilt batting (is that what it’s called? I’m new here) in the middle to make it warmer? I want to make one as a bedspread for my mom! Thanks 😍😍

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