We have an ongoing crisis in our family that revolves around throw blankets. Whenever I snuggle up under one to watch a movie or read a book, both my boys inevitably decide there is nowhere in the entire world they'd rather be than under that blanket with me.
And as a proud mommy who loves boy snuggles - I treasure those moments. But here's the thing - boys grow. Fast. And the standard 50x60 inch throw blanket is quite simply not big enough to cover one curated mommy, a squirmy 8-year-old and a wiggling 7-year-old.
So we get a lot of "Hey, he pulled the blanket off me!" And, "Well, he took it from me first." And, "My feet aren't covered!"
So I decided to head off the blanket hostility this year with the addition of The Mother Of All Throw Blankets. A blanket so big, it would cover the entire family with nary a complaint of cold toes or exposed limbs.
It ended up being way less expensive as a DIY. I knew I wanted buffalo plaid on one side, and cozy sherpa on the other. But in the extra large size our growing family requires, the price of a blanket like that hovered in the $60-$80 range. Not gonna happen.
I found some wholesale flannel on Ebay that I snagged for $3 a yard, and spyed a twin-sized sherpa-esque comforter at Target on sale for $13.
So, for under $25, I was all set. I cut the fabric to match the comforter size (which also required stiching two pieces together) then matched up the flannel and comforter right sides together and pinned in place.
Then I sewed around the perimeter, leaving an 8-inch gap unsewed to turn it right side out. Once turned, I pinned and sewed the gap closed and...voila! A cozy throw blanket big enough to cover all the Millers at once - including the dog.
I'm sure we'll enjoy some great movie snuggle time under this massive pile of toasty coziness this winter.