Did you see what I did with my 9 patch blocks? I made them into a fun summer blanket. In case you didn’t know, we live in Florida and don’t often need a heavy quilt. I use thin cotton batting (usually Warm and Natural) in all of my quilts, but in the summer even that can seem like a lot.
You can sew an easy summer blanket like this with any quilt top (or fabric), some flannel fabric for the back, and yarn or embroidery thread to tie it. If you want to add batting and make the blanket thicker, I’ll tell you where to do that.
When I taped my 9 patches on the wall like this to photograph them, I liked the arrangement so much that I sewed them together with 2 1/2” strips of Kona cotton Snow in between.
You can use any quilt top for this summer blanket tutorial. You will need a piece of flannel fabric that is larger than the quilt top for the back. Piece the flannel together to make it big enough if your quilt top is large.
Lay the blanket top on the flannel, right sides together. Cut the flannel the same size as the top.
If you want to add batting to the blanket, smooth out the top and flannel over a piece of batting and cut it the same size also.
Leave these 2 or 3 layers together the way that you cut them.
Without separating the top and the backing, pin around all of the edges.
Sew around all 4 sides leaving a 6” opening for turning. I sewed with a 1/4” seam allowance, but a 3/8′ or 1/2” seam allowance would be fine too.
Clip the corners and turn the blanket right side out. Press the edges. Turn the raw edges of the opening to the inside and press.
Sew the opening shut. I used hand sewing here, but you can machine sew close to the edge too if you would prefer
.Lay the blanket on a table or the floor and thread a large eyed needle with embroidery floss or yarn. I used 6 strand embroidery floss without separating the strands at all.
Take one stitch, cut with about 2” on either side of the stitch. Tie a square knot (or two) and then trim the ends to be about 1/2” long.
Tie the blanket every 4-6” to keep the layers from separating.
And that’s it!
Snuggle up. 🙂
The fabrics I used are Best in Show from Blend. They are adorable, and you still have time to win a cute bundle if you hurry and make a single 9 patch block (any fabric any size). Read more about it here.
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