This is the latest and greatest "Ski Weekender": a flannel throw.
Each of my kids go on a ski trips, and often the sleeping bag isn't warm enough... so, I started making these blankets that they could take along.
Now, you have super flannel prints to choose from (especially during the Thanksgiving sales) and the mixing/matching fabrics becomes a lot of fun. I admit to being in line with an armful of prints, and seeing someone's cart full of prints that I LOVE. It's safe to say that I have a few drawers full of fabric "to use".
How to Make:
* Pick 2 coordinating flannel prints. One for the front, one for the back (no batting necessary).
* I usually make large blankets - the length is 72" long (unless I'm making it for my son, then it's longer). I buy double the length, because I'm going to split one of the 72" lengths in half (lengthwise).
*** Buy extra fabric because it shrinks after the first washing and be sure to wash the fabric before sewing ***
1. Now that your fabric is ready to use (washed and pressed), measure a 72" length and set aside (lets call this #1). Measure another piece, 72" and fold lengthwise, cut down the middle (lets call these #2).
* Sew the "half" pieces (#2s) lengthwise to each side of (#1).
Press seams open.
2. Follow the same process for the coordinating fabric.
3. Place the fabrics right-sides together and sew the side seams. (You'll have a big tube)
4. Turn right-side out, and on a flat surface; lay your project out. With the side seams hand-pressed nicely, line up the middle seams best you can. I use safety pins to keep everything from moving.
5. I don't quilt these blankets!
I use the two middle seams as sewing lines.
Starting a few inches from top of the blanket, I sew down one "seam" line, stopping a few inches from the bottom. Then, pin the second "seam" line, a few inches from the top and stop a few inches from the bottom.
6. It's time to finish this project! Fold and pin under the top edge (toward each other) and top-stitch with the sewing machine.
Do the same for the bottom edge of the blanket.
Congratulations! You've made a Ski Weekender!
Why did we sew the middle section with the side pieces like we did?
Because it makes it stronger than having one seam in the middle.
~ Now that the sleeping bags are so much better made, you'd think that the kids aren't interested in using their blankets... it's not the case! *smiling*