Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I’ve got a great project for you today. This is a fleece project. And it makes a fleece
blanket that is just so cozy. So this idea comes to us from my tall son who always ends
up pulling a blanket up and pulling it off his feet. So what we’re going to do with
this is we are going to make a little pocket in the bottom of our blanket so that that
blanket will never come off those feet. So all you people with cold feet this is the
one for you. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is basically the height of the
person you’re making it for plus about two feet. So this one is 2 ½ yards. And we’ve
used this awesome fleece that is, this is our team here in Kansas City, the Chiefs.
And we put it on a yellow background. And let me show you the finished product and then
I’ll show you how to use it. So you see here, see how this big pocket is on the bottom
of this. Because it’s 60 inches wide, it’s perfect to pull up on a couch. But then your
feet get tucked into this little pocket and you can’t pull that, your feet are never
going to get cold. You can’t pull it off yourself. So let me show you how to do this.
Alright. Now I’ve got two pieces here. These are
a little smaller. I’m going to make this for one of, one of Jake’s kids. And we’ve
got the same Chiefs, they still love the Chiefs. And the, this is the flip side that we’re
using is this buffalo plaid. We’re going to put right sides together. So see right
here you can see a little bit of a difference on that. It looks a little fuzzier on the
wrong side. So we’re going to put right sides together. And we’re just going to
lay them together and make sure they’re the same size. And then we’re going to sew
all the way around it. We’re going to leave an opening right up here on the top we’re
going to leave a nice big opening and we’re just going to sew around it. Now I haven’t
bothered to cut the selvedge edge off of these so I’m going to sew in about an inch to
make sure that I get that all covered. So let’s go to the sewing machine. Once we’ve
got our two pieces laid together we can just go straight to the sewing machine and sew.
Now I”m going to line these up right here. And I’m going to go over here and grab my
chair. Alright I’ve got my chair. I’ve got my sewing machine on. One of the things,
when you sew fleece you need to make sure that your feed dogs are clean so they’ll
grab that fabric and pull it through. So let’s go ahead and start sewing around here. Alright,
here we go. Alright now I’m here to a point to where
I need to leave an opening to turn it. So I’m going to backstitch a little bit here.
Make sure that I don’t pull that out. And then I’m going to leave probably maybe 12,
14 inches here. A nice big opening so that we can turn this and we’ll go ahead and
stitch off to the other side. And these sides aren’t perfectly lining up but it’s not
really going to matter because we’re going to flip it and turn it. Now in retrospect
on this when I sewed down this side right here look how deep that selvedge is. So I
sewed like an inch in and I probably, if I had this to do over I would have probably
trimmed this off because it’s such a wide, such a wide selvedge. But I didn’t. I’m
not even going to trim my seams. I’m just going to leave them big. And I’m going to
put my hand in here and reach into the corners and grab my corner and pull it through like
this. Just tuck it through. Now all of this, you know, you can make this as easy or hard
as you want. I’m just doing it the easiest way because it’s cold today and we need
a warm blanket to keep our feet warm. We had several fun names for this. We thought about
the Blipper which is the blanket slipper. Or the Footie which is a hoodie for your feet.
It’s kind of funny all the different things. Alright this is the bottom of it. And here’s
where we need to sew our. Alright so here’s where our little opening
is right here. We’re not going to tack any of this down. We’re not going to worry about
it. . I’m just going to fold this up right here. And I’m going to topstitch right along
this whole side. And I can make sure this corner comes out a little bit. Fleece is so
forgiving. And then we’re just going to put our presser foot and topstitch across
this top so that we don’t even have to hand stitch that opening closed. We’re just going
to topstitch it like this and do this little side here. Alright I’m coming to the opening
so I need to make sure that my two pieces are tucked in. So when we sew it together
I actually close the opening. It seems to be coming together real nice. Alright. Now to finish this off what we’re
going to do is make our pocket. So we’re going to fold this back on itself right sides
together. About, you know about the length that you want to have your pocket. You know
you just need a little pocket so that it doesn’t slip off your feet. I’m going to make sure
these seams are fully pulled out. And I’m just going to sew straight down the side.
So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that. And I probably should measure so I know
how far to get the other one. So let’s see, I’ve got 17 inches. That’s a pretty decent
size. So I’m going to start from the top up here where I have it and sew to the fold.
That way I won’t end up with a, with a place that’s off. Now I don’t know if you know
this about most sewing machines but you can lift up your presser foot and then most of
them you just push a little harder and it has a little spring in it. And it will lift
that foot up even a little higher, which you’re going to need to do on this. Now sewing through
fleece it’s literally like sewing through butter. So it’s not going to cause a problem
for you. But when you’re sewing through this, you know, well we’re sewing through
eight layers of fleece right now. And you just want to make sure they stay lined up.
That sews down. Alrighty. There we go. Alright now we’re going to come to this
other side over here. And we are going to measure 17 inches on that. And fold that up
as well. Right here. Alright now let’s look at this over here and make sure we’ve got
this nice and lined up. And I’m going to check my needle and make sure I’m threaded.
And again lift up your presser foot even higher. My sewing machine sounds like what are you
doing? But it still sews, keeps going. Alright. Now what we’re going to do, we’re going
to trim these threads. And then we’re just going to flip this right side out like this.
So you have a blanket and it has this little pocket down here on the bottom for our feet
to slide into. And it finishes off your little blanket. So now if you have people who are watching
the ballgame and their feet get cold you know just what to do and just what’s going to
be the best for them. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on our Blipper, the blanket
slipper from the MSQC.