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Just the other day I was ruminating about blogging’s place in the world and mentioned that a new blog is created every second of every day…The truth of the matter is that some blogs end as quickly as they begin, BUT for those that stay connected? There is influence. Real influence.
Every day bloggers are working to harness their communities and readers to make a measurable impact on people’s lives. The influence rarely come in the form of Oreo stuffed brownies dipped in caramel and lightly salted, but in projects dedicated to social good. You know, projects of the heart.
Blogging for good is the cornerstone of any single blogger’s brand. I’d love to hear your impressions of blogging for good and if you have a favorite cause you’d love bloggers to support down in the comments…
Now personally, I am not sure that I’ve really found my cause. Fortunately, there are so many others who have, like my friend Kim. Earlier this fall, she challenged me to participate in Luke’s Loves Blanket Drive for Project Linus.
Luke’s Loves and Project Linus donate handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. The blanket helps to provide a sense of security and comfort during a difficult time.
30-Minute Star Wars Snuggle Blanket Tutorial
Kim didn’t realize that Luke’s Loves was truly a challenge for me. While I sew, I don’t think I have ever shared a sewing tutorial on the blog. I am a little free form and I don’t sew by the rules. Yikes!
If you can stomach it, stick with me and I will show you how ANYONE can make a snuggle blanket.
These blankets are absolutely, 100% perfect to make as baby gifts, or you can do what I did and make a few for your tweens and teens.
I selected a trio of Star Wars novelty prints for my boys snuggle blankets. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting in just over a month, we’re busy planning a Star Wars viewing party to re-watch all six of the proceeding shows. FOR SURE each kid needs a themed blanket to snuggle up in.
The directions I am providing are for a blanket sized 41×41, but I have used these same steps to create a larger 40×60 many times as well.
Prepping For Your Blanket
Here are the supplies you will need for this project:
- 1.25 yards lightweight flannel or cotton print (I love to use novelty prints!)
- 1.25 yards of minky, furry snuggle fabric
- Sewing basics: sewing machine, self-healing mat, scissors/rotary cutter, pins, etc.
Wash and dry your fabric – essential to making sure that end product really comes out right!
Square up your print fabric and remove selvage. When working with cotton, I love to simply snip and tear. You’re left a nice straight edge to work with.
Getting Ready to Sew
Since I like to use a rotary cutter for a nice clean edge, I work off of a self healing mat. I love my Fiskars mat. Not only is it a lighter color so fabric stands out better, it’s double sided (yellow on one side, pale green on the other). I use the yellow side for fabric and the green side for crafting.
I trimmed off large excess with my favorite scissors (If you’ve followed me for long, you’ve seen them in a zillion posts.)
Pin all the way around the blanket at three inch intervals. For this project, make sure you use pins with a nice, large colored head pins so they don’t get buried in your snuggle fabric.
Sewing Your Blanket
Sew around the edge of your blanket with a half inch seam. Backstitch and leave a three to four inch opening at the bottom so you can turn your blanket.
You’re done! It’s time for snuggles and some serious Star Wars viewing.
All told this snuggle blanket project takes about 30-minutes.
I’d like to be more specific, but with all five of the blankets I turned out this time around I didn’t manage to complete a single one in the exact same amount of time. There were the pins I spilled all over the floor, the child who wanted to make a pouch for his legos desperately, the dinner that needed to be made…You get the picture. The average time? 30 minutes.
I’ve given you a blanket project you can make and donate to a worthy cause (and/or prep for your own Star Wars viewing party) in just 30 minutes. Can I challenge you to do just that?
Kim has been sharing blankets made by bloggers for several weeks now. Be sure to pop over to her site to check them all out and learn how you can donate to Luke’s Loves and/or Project Linus. It’s such a worthwhile project!
No time to create a blanket? I’d love to hear what sort of service you do have planned for the holiday season. Leave me a comment and share your fun!