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Fleece Stadium Blanket


Fleece Stadium Blanket
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Keep yourself warm at all those outdoor sporting events with this cozy and plush stadium blanket. Learn how to sew with fleece, how to create a fat binding, and how to do simple appliqué. Show your team spirit and stitch one up for the next game!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time to Complete: 3 Hours



Tools Needed:

Materials Needed:
  • 2 ½ yards each of 2 different colors of fleece – for example, red for the front and grey for the back of your blanket
  • Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Mesh Transfer Canvas and Water Soluble Pen or Paper and Pencil
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Appliqué Scissors
Instructions
  1. Cut two squares of fleece the same size. Layer the two fabrics together to make this easier. Use a square ruler in the corner to get you started. The finished size of your blanket will be approximately 72” x 60”. The extra fleece will be used for the binding and the appliqué.
  2. Stitch the two blanket sides together using a straight stitch and a ½” seam allowance. Increase the stitch length to 3.5. If you notice unnecessary stretching of the fabric, switch to a zig zag or stretch stitch. 
  3. Trim your blanket with a fat binding. To do this, cut binding 5 times the finished width. 
    Pin binding to blanket edge, right sides together, keeping raw edges even. 
  4. Sew the binding in place using a 1” seam allowance. 
  5. Wrap the binding to the back side of blanket, wrapping it up and over to the other side. 
  6. Working from the top side of your blanket, pin the trim into its finished position. 
  7. Sew from the right side, stitching in the ditch to secure the trim to the back side. 
  8. Use appliqué scissors to cut the excess trim close to the stitching line on the wrong side of the blanket. 
  9. Stitch your double-sided appliqué. From contrasting fleece, cut 2 squares large enough to cover your chosen appliqué shape or letter. 
  10. Draw or trace your appliqué shape onto mesh canvas or paper. 
  11. Sandwich the blanket between the 2 squares of fleece in the desired appliqué position. Place the traced paper design on top of one of the squares. 
  12. Hold the squares in place using the temporary spray adhesive. 
  13. Stitch the appliqué outline through all three layers using a straight stitch. Sew slowly.
  14. Trim the excess contrasting fabric from the appliqué.  
  15. You’re blanket is finished and ready to take with you to this weekend’s game!

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