Episode 712

stacy schlyer

Blanket Pillow by Stacy Schlyer

Make a soft and cuddly blanket with tips and tricks for machine embroidery embellishments. 

Love getting cozy while watching your favorite movie, but don't have room to store another throw? A convertible fleece blanket-pillow-aka a "planket" or "quillow" when quilted-is the perfect solution. Cuddle under the blanket, and then tuck it into a clever pillow pocket when not in use. Add cute embroidery designs to the pocket for a custom touch.   


Supplies listed are enough to make one 54"x72" blanket when open or an 18" square pillow when folded.

2 yards of fleece (blanket)

Two 19" squares of matching or contrasting fleece or print cotton (pocket & pocket lining)

All-purpose thread

Rotary cutting system

Temporary spray adhesive

Removable fabric marker

Embroidery thread, stabilizer, temporary spray adhesive & design(s) (optional; see "Source")

Embroider It

For the pocket, designate which square will be visible when the blanket is unfolded (pocket lining) and which will be visible when the blanket is folded into a pillow (pocket).

If embroidering the pocket and/or pocket lining, select the desired embroidery designs and determine the placement for each design on the fabric square(s). Mark each design center on the fabric. Leave a 1/2" margin free along the perimeter to account for the seam allowance. Load the desired embroidery designs onto the machine.

If embroidering fleece or print cotton, hoop the fabric with tear-away stabilizer. (If using faux fur, refer to "Furry Fun" for embroidery and sewing instructions.) Place the hoop onto the machine, and then embroider each design at the desired location. Remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop. Remove the stabilizer following the manufacturer's instructions.

Sew It

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

With right sides together, align the two pocket squares; pin. Stitch the perimeter, leaving a 4" to 6" centered opening for turning along the lower edge. If using fleece, finger-press the seams, as pressing with an iron will melt the fibers.

Clip the pocket corners, and then turn the pocket right side out. Fold the opening edges 1/2" toward the wrong side; finger-press. The opening will be stitched closed when the pocket is attached to the blanket.

From the blanket fleece, cut a 54"x72" rectangle. If desired, round the blanket corners for a finished look. Trace a round object, such as a plate, and then trim away the excess fabric. Fleece doesn't ravel, so it's not necessary to finish the edges.

TIP: Plush fabrics, such as minky and cuddle, also make a very cozy blanket. However, they tend to shed, so finish the blanket edges using a serger or double-folded hem.

Find the blanket center by folding the rectangle in half lengthwise and widthwise; pin-mark. Repeat to find the pocket center.

Place the blanket wrong side up on a flat work surface, designating one short edge as the lower edge. With the pillow side down, center the pocket lower edge along the blanket lower edge, using the center pin-marks for a placement reference. Pin the pocket perimeter. 

Edgestitch the pocket sides and lower edge through all layers (1).


Fold It

To fold the blanket inside the pocket, place the blanket right side up so the pocket is facing down. Fold the blanket in thirds, bringing the sides toward the center. Fold the blanket upper edge approximately 18" toward the lower edge. Fold twice more, ending with the blanket bulk centered over the pocket (2). Turn the pocket to the pillow side, tucking the blanket bulk into the pocket.


Furry Fun

Learn tips for sewing and embroidering faux fur, and then make a cute blanket-pillow for a kid's room.

  • When cutting faux fur, always cut pattern pieces in one layer rather than on the fold. Draw the pattern piece outlines on the faux fur wrong side, and then cut from the wrong side. Carefully cut only the backing and not the fur pile.
  • If using faux fur for the pocket, combine it with a lighter fabric, such as print cotton, for the pillow pocket lining to reduce bulk.
  • When stitching faux fur, pin generously to keep the layers aligned. Use a slightly longer stitch length, such as 3mm, to prevent the stitches from disappearing into the fur pile. For very long fur pile, create smoother seams by trimming the pile within the seam allowances. After stitching a seam, brush the pile away from the seam allowance if it's been caught in the stitching.
  • To embroider faux fur, first print out the embroidery design on paper to use as a placement template. Position the template in the desired location on the faux fur right side, and then trim the faux fur pile from the design area.
  • Hoop a piece of cut-away stabilizer, and then use temporary spray adhesive to adhere the faux fur to the stabilizer, centering the design area in the hoop. Brush the fur pile away from the design area. Place a layer of water-soluble stabilizer as a topper over the fur, following the manufacturer's instructions. Embroider the design, and then remove the topper and stabilizer following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Follow the instructions above to create the planket, using faux fur as the pocket square.


Urban Threads provided the Parisian Love Letter Design Pack and Punk Princess design: urbanthreads.com


Sulky provided embroidery thread and Stiffy Tear-Away, Cut-Away Plus and Solvy stabilizers: sulky.com. 

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