I had this old blanket that was sort of velour with a velvety finish. But it was very dark and very boring. I had it hidden away in the closet for many years.
If you are joining me from Ashley's blog Modern Glam I want to welcome you! Recently a few of my blogging friends suggested that we do a blog hop with a cozy theme and I knew that old blanket was the perfect candidate for this post. I really wanted to add a fun element to it. So today I am here to share with you how I easily transformed a blanket with yarn, to give it a bit of fun and fringe!
Stay with us till the end and you will see what the rest of my friends are up to.
The only way to describe this blanket was threadbare. You cannot see it by just looking at it but you will understand just what I'm talking about as the story unfolds. Two of the ends had a finished hem like what you see below. But when I pulled on it, it tore with no effort at all.
What I used:
This was a very easy project to make. All I needed was this yarn which I purchased at Michael's.
The How to:
After cutting off the hemmed edge, I cut strips of the bottom part of the blanket. I did them about 8 inches in length (20 cm).
I then cut the yarn in a length double to the strips, in this case about 18 inches (46 cm).
The ends were knotted like this to keep them from running. The particular chenille style yarn I had bought was made of polyester and felt very soft and velvety. (I have a link on the bottom of this post if you are interested in purchasing it.)
I then folded the yarn over and placed it under two of the blanket strips.
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I placed the ends of the yarn under the loop...
...and then pulled!
The yarn was then pulled under and tied to make the tie sturdier.
And here they are. All in a row!
But one end turned out to be not so pretty. The reason I had used this blanket was because it was old and there were parts of it that were "threadbare". When I pulled on the strips they came apart and the fabric fell off the binding.
I ended up cutting off another 10 inches of that "threadbare" part and throwing it away. I redid the bottom but this time I placed twice the number of yarn pieces. So now there were 4 dangling from each wrapped strip of velvet. It made for a fluffier look.
Of course now that my eyes were wide open to imperfections I noticed that the other end of the blanket also had these "threadbare" spots. Therefore I had to redo the other side too.
Thank goodness the threadbare spots were on the ends of the blanket and not in the center otherwise I'd have nothing at all to show you for my efforts.
Honestly, what was meant to be an afternoon project turned into a few days with all the cutting and spotting of the "threadbares".
The finished blanket ended up being much smaller than the original. But now I had a lovely blanket that was actually nice enough to grace the living room couch and not just hide in the closet.
And those pillows? The pink was from fabric of a dress of mine from the 80's. And the "peace" pillow was from a gift of my friend Nikki.
I love how my new fringed blanket came out. It was quite a transformation and with nothing but a little yarn! And to think I had it hiding out in the closet all this time.
Now hop on down and check out all the cozy cool projects that my blogging friends have created. Or go to Kellie's blog, Gratefully Vintage to see her cozy spaces.
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