Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Make Your Own Snuggie/Slanket

For Christmas this year I decided to make my friends and family Snuggies/Slankets/Blankets with sleeves (whatever you choose to call them). It takes about an hour to make one from start to finish (I made 33). Overall the process is relatively easy so here's how to make one:

Start with washing and drying 3 yards of fleece.

Then fold the fabric in half so that it's half of the normal width, measure 24 inches from the top.

Cut the fabric at the 24" mark, this section will be your sleeves.

Cut along the fold of the fabric to give you two pieces of fabric that are 30" wide and 24" long. Set this aside for now.

With the remaining fabric measure 20 inches from the top and 10 from the fold (this is the top of your sleeve). Your sleeve hole needs to be 9 inches from top to bottom and 6 inches from left to right. I mark my measurements with pins and use a rotary cutter to cut out the holes.

As you can see, it doesn't matter if the hole is perfect......imperfections can be covered up later.

Next, I hem the edges. To do this I fold my fabric over 1 inch.

Then fold again and pin. The second fold depends on which side of the Snuggie you're working on and your preferences. I use a 3" hem for the top and 1" to 2" for the remaining sides depending on the fabric. For this particular fabric I did a 2" seam because the fabric was very thick.

If making multiple Snuggies, I would suggest getting this much finished before moving on to the sewing. It makes things go MUCH faster.

Okay, now that it's all pinned, just sew along the outside and attach the sleeves.

Update 1/25/10: I'm still working on Christmas presents but I moved and it's been an uphill battle. I'll finish one day............hopefully. 
Until then.......

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