$7 Fringed Twin Size Fleece Blanket in Under an Hour
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Our little family has grown by one and Snuggle® is helping us along with our new transition! Let’s start from the beginning… Rob and I got a new Boshih puppy (that’s fancy talk for Boston Terrier Shih Tzu mix) and we named her Carly after my grandfather Carl who LOVED Boston Terriers. I must admit, she’s got a ton of names as Rob tends to call her “Lady” and I often call her “Baby”. And she’s fitting in with us SO WELL! It took a good day before Ollie decided he was okay with our little miss and I was so glad that Rob was home because I HAD to work so he kept a close eye on the two. Carly just wanted to play, play, play and Ollie was a bit jealous of this new little creature. Marla, however, was just fine with little bit letting her jump on her back and even sitting on the lower window ledge so she could be within reach of her new friend.
When Ollie decided he loved his girl, he LOVED HIS GIRL. Now Rob and I sit in bed and read or mess with our phones or whatever while little thing climbs all over Ollie’s head and body without a care. And my dear word do they play constantly. CONSTANTLY.
Now I knew before we got her that she wasn’t house trained. I mean, she’s only 10 weeks old. It was still a surprise that first night when little miss peed right smack, dab in the middle of the bed. The bed was stripped and everything tossed in the wash and Rob set to doing some research to find out just how we could avoid this kind of morning wake up call in the future. And so we went to Sam’s Club to buy up some laundry stuffs in bulk to keep up with the laundry without keeping up costs. I was really pretty pleased with the price and value of the Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss Snuggle® Scent Boosters, and when I realized I could get a whiff of the lovely scent from OUTSIDE the packages I tossed that business in our cart.
I must admit I did not realize that with a baby dog would come so. much. laundry. Even though we’re doing so much better with going outside, my washing machine is still getting a WORKOUT. Rugs have been washed so many times that they are no longer going down on the floor. We can just wait a bit for this to settle down and deal with chilly feet for now! Rags, rags and more rags are being washed as tile gets a good cleaning every few hours or so.
But guess what? I wouldn’t trade it in for anything in the world! And though I’m doing way more laundry than I’d like I’m not going to complain about how pretty the house smells with each load. Whether I toss a throw on the sofa, replace the sheets or even just run an every day load, I’m getting Snuggly Softness® and 30 Days of Freshness that is making the entire house smell lovely (and I to be honest I was a bit concerned about the potential puppy pee smell so this is beyond fantastic!
After washing the same throw blankets a bazillion times and watching one of them get all frazzled and weird looking, I decided to make a blanket just for the pups to share on the sofa. I wanted for it to be cheap and cute. After not finding a blanket that I liked in a color I liked at a price-point I liked I went to the craft department and SCORE! For less than $7 and in about an hour I had a fab new blanket for my little bits to snuggle up on!
But let’s make this throw, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- 2.25 yards of 52″ wide fleece
- skein of variegated yarn
- crochet hook (optional but totally helpful)
First you’ll need to buy some fleece. I got 2.25 yards of 52″ wide fleece which made the finished blanket about 50″ x 80″, or right at twin sized, albeit accidentally!
To give my fleece a fancy edge, I trimmed up the wonky end cuts and the machine edges on the sizes with a quick snip and made a pretty, zig zag pattern at the same time. Use pinking shears if you have them, or scissors will work just as well. Just trim your fabric to make it as straight as possible (don’t wig out if it isn’t perfectly straight, no one will notice, I promise!)
Along the edge(s) to be fringed snip small 1/4 inch, vertical cuts every 4-6 inches. I used a yardstick and marker to be sure mine were similarly apart but you can eyeball it if you’re good at that sort of thing.
Quick note: I wanted scalloped edges so I made my snips about 2 inches higher than the edge of the fabric. For a straight edge go nearer the cut line and for bigger scallops go up higher.
Run your yarn around a book, or something similar a good 10-15 times. If you use a book, close the end of the yarn inside of the pages for it to hold nice and steady while wrapping.
Snip the yarn near the pages in straight cut.
Gather your yarn in the middle.
Pull the middle of the yarn up through the pretty side of the fleece using your crochet hook. You can also use fingers but this is way easier and worth the buck or so you’ll spend on the hook even if you don’t crochet.
Pull the hanging yarn (on the other side of the fleece) up through all of the yarns as they form that loop you brought up.
Pull tight to secure.
Awww! Isn’t that lovely and so cute?
Now as I was working pulling my tassels through while catching up on some Roku I kept smelling pee. Now I think this may sometimes be a “we have a new puppy” brain misfire or something and after smelling the sofa and the floor and the rugs (which were promptly taken up, washed and put away to save my sanity) I KEPT smelling urine. When Rob came home and he sat next to me the smell got even worse. What the heck?
Apparently at some point when trimming my edges (around the time I snapped this cute pic) little miss peed on the new blanket. Yuck! So into the wash this sucker went with some mood-boosting freshness of Snuggle Scent Boosters. It turns out that, as they say, it totally did Make a Snifference™ :) and it’s super easy to use. Just toss in a loosely packed washer and get it going.
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Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website