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How to Make a Franken-Blanket
I swear, this is one of the least-attractive things I've ever made, but it's also proven to be one of the most useful, so I decided to share.
But before the tutorial, a little background: I am always cold. Even in 80-degree weather, I can find a way to need a sweater. Heck, I'm a little chilly right now.
Katin, on the other hand, carries his own internal tropical vacation paradise around with him all the time. So we've always had trouble finding an optimal Winter blanket configuration for sleeping. I needs me some layers of fleece, but that's like a visit to the sauna for him.
So finally, I came up with The Franken-Blanket. Here's how it works:
To show you the process, I created a small blanket-analog. The green piece represents a fleece or wool blanket, and the blue one represents a cotton blanket.
Lay your blankets flat on the floor and place them one on top of the other. If your blankets are the same size, that's awesome. If they aren't, then line them up along the top edge and let the bottom edges be uneven.
(If the bottom edges are uneven, you may be able to trim them, if your blankets will take that. My cotton blanket is a loosely-woven thing, so there's no cutting it. The bottom of my blanket is extra Frankenstein-y, and I just tuck it in.
Next, mark a line down the center of the top blanket. This involves some measuring! I used a retractable measuring tape on my full-size blanket, measured in from the side, and marked my sewing line with tailor's chalk.
With the line marked, I added two rows of safety pins, about 3" away from either side. These pins will stabilize the blankets in this mission-critical zone.
So let's talk blanket-wrangling. I think it's helpful to get a buddy to help you with the next step of this project, because your blankets will be heavy and floppy and large.
I rolled up the right side of my blankets, so they'd fit more easily through my sewing machine. Then, as I was sewing, I had Katin help me manage the left side of the blanket, moving its bulk around as I made my way down the seam. This really helped keep the blankets from pulling out of alignment.
Anyway. Then I sewed a seam along my marked line, and removed all the safety pins.
…Then I re-oriented my blankets so I had a double thickness of fleece on one side and a double thickness of cotton on the other. Franken-Blanket!
Now, because the blankets are heavy, that center seam can be a rather weak point in your blanket. So you may want to put the safety pins back along that seam and then sew close to either side, as I've done here.
If you were feeling fancy, you might even quilt the blanket layers together. Or, if you're freezing and just want to get to sleep already, pop this on your bed and enjoy the equitable comfort.