Earlier this year I made my daughter a lovely Liberty quilt. She keeps it on her bed and I’m so happy she loves it, if she didn’t I would quite happily put it on my bed instead. My 5 year old son keeps asking if I can make him something as “you’re always making stuff for her” as he puts it.
Little did he know that I was planning on making something for him too. Since Star Wars Episode VII came out he has turned into the biggest Star Wars fan. His birthday is coming up next month so I thought I would make him a Star Wars blanket. Little did I know that he would end up with a matching Star Wars bean bag cover and lampshade too (I will tell you about those another day).
The Star Wars blanket was a really simple make so I thought I would share the instructions with you in case you wanted to make something similar.
30 minute Star Wars blanket
1.5m Star Wars fabric
1.5m minky with stars fabric
thread in a co-ordinating colour
How to make a 30 minute Star Wars blanket
The idea was to make something large enough for my 5 year old to snuggle under when he’s watching tv. I settled on 1.5m by 1m and chose some suitable Star Wars fabric featuring his favourite characters. The fabric is mainly orange, black and white so I chose a matching black minky fabric for the back. The minky fabric features raised stars which I thought went really well with the Star Wars theme.
I laid out both fabrics on the floor, right sides facing each other and pinned all four sides. Minky fabric can stretch quite a lot so it is important to pin every couple of centimetres or your fabric will stretch when you are sewing the two layers together. I speak from experience as the same happened to me when I made a blanket for my daughter a few years ago.
Choose a co-ordinating thread and sew the two layers together, don’t forget to leave a gap of about 8cm to turn the right way.
Turn your fabric the right way and machine or hand stitch the gap closed.
This makes a thin blanket and just to be sure the two layers don’t separate you can add a few stitched lines. I followed the Star Wars fabric and stitched a line from one side to the other every 50 cm down the length of the blanket.
I love the fabric and think my son will too. I can’t wait to watch him open it on his birthday.