Sherpa & Flannel Lap Blanket Tutorial

Sherpa & Flannel Lap Blanket Tutorial

Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com

This versatile lap blanket is perfect for keeping you warm on chilly fall or winter nights. It’s so easy even beginners can complete this easy blanket in no time!

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This blanket would also be a great holiday gift for someone special! My beagle, Harper, has really been enjoying it...

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Let's get started!

First and foremost, pre-wash both of your fabrics.

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Lay your flannel out so that you can see it all, and straighten out the cut edges by finding a line of plaid and cutting along that from selvedge to selvedge on each side.

Trim your selvedge edges in this same way.

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Now, lay your Sherpa down (fuzzy side up), and lay your cut flannel piece on top of it. If the flannel is too large, you will have to cut it down some more. If not, you will have to trim your Sherpa to fit. With the Sherpa on the bottom and the flannel on the top, trim around to match the Sherpa to the flannel.

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Make sure the sherpa’s selvedges (they resemble terry cloth) were cut off in this process. They should have been, but if they weren’t, trim to match. You should have two matching pieces of fabric.

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Make sure right sides are together (this flannel doesn’t have a wrong side, but the Sherpa does), and pin copiously. Pin around the edges every few inches and in the middle every few inches as well. We don’t want our fabrics to shift, and the Sherpa can be a little stretchy.

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Once all your edges and middle are pinned, you can bring your blanket-in-progress over to your sewing machine. Starting around the middle of one edge at a 5/8” seam allowance, sew around each edge.

When you get to a corner, stop about 5/8” from the edge, lower your needle, and pivot your blanket so that the next edge is now facing you. Continue sewing around the edge until you are about 5-10 inches from where you started. Backstitch (reverse your stitching for a few stitches) to secure your end. This is so you will have a place to turn your blanket right side out.

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Trim all four corners so that your corners will be sharp when turned out. See how you’re almost to your corner when cutting?

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Turn your blanket right-side-out, making your corners as sharp as possible. Flatten your blanket so that the edges are even and smooth.

In the same way as we sewed the two pieces together, we are going to sew around the edges of the blanket to give it a nice finish. This time, turn your stitch length to 3.5 because we’re topstitching.

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With a 5/8” seam allowance, stitch around all the sides. Start at the beginning of the opening and remove the pins as you go. Pivot at the corners as you did before. When you get back to where you started, backstitch, and you’re done!

Trim any excess threads, and you have a cozy lap blanket that anyone would treasure.

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Happy sewing!

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