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A budget-friendly DIY ruffled throw blanket that’s perfect for cuddling up under during late spring and summer.
Hello, lovely people! Today I’d like to share a fun little way you can repurpose an old/spare sheet by turning it into a lightweight summer throw blanket.
Like the napkin throw pillow cover and farmhouse-style tie closure pillows I shared a few months ago, this DIY throw blanket doesn’t require any special sewing skills. All you need is a simple straight stitch and a bit of strategic pinning.
You can use any type of sheet you have to make this DIY ruffled throw – a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, or even an old duvet cover (just cut the hems to separate the two fabric panels). If you don’t have a spare sheet on hand, you can buy a cheap sheet, splurge on a linen sheet for a more ~luxurious~ feel, or simply use regular fabric. The process is the same regardless.
DIY ruffled throw blanket from an old sheet
Due to the size of the sheet (and the smallness of my living room), it was either impossible for me to take photos of certain steps or the photos I could take didn’t really explain anything. As a result, I’ve written this post using a combination of photos and diagrams. I have tried to make the diagrams as clear as possible but I apologise in advance if they cause any confusion.
- A sheet in queen or king size. A flat sheet is ideal, but a fitted sheet or old duvet cover will also work.
- Sewing machine, sewing pins, and fabric scissors.
- Lace trim. You can pick up various sorts of lace trim on Amazon. You’ll need about 8 metres/9 yards for a throw blanket made from a queen sheet, more if you’re making your throw from a king.
- 4 10″ pieces of 1/4″ wide grossgrain ribbon.
Step 1: Cut out the fabric
The first step involves cutting out the strips of fabric that will go on to form your ruffle.
To do this, lay your sheet flat. On all four sides of the sheet, cut two 4″ wide strips of fabric, as per the diagram below.
You will now have nine pieces of fabric: The sheet itself, plus the eight strips you just cut out.
Step 2: Hem the sheet
Set the strips of fabric aside and double-hem all four edges of the sheet, as per the diagram.
Step 3: Prepare the fabric strips
This step prepares the fabric strips for use as a ruffle.
Double-hem the bottom of each of the fabric strips you just cut out, then single hem the top. The single-hemmed side won’t be seen, so there’s no need for it to be neat.
Once you have hemmed the fabric strips, sort the strips into pairs. Following this diagram, sew each of these pairs of strips together so that you have a total of four strips. Double-hem the end of each of these strips, as indicated on the diagram.
Step 4: Create the ruffle
The next step is to create the ruffle itself.
Lay one of the strips of fabric so that it slightly overlaps the edge of your sheet. Using sewing pins to keep everything in place, fold bits of the fabric over each other to create a ruffle. Repeat on the other three sides of the sheet.
With your ruffle pinned in place, sew a single line of stitching along all four sides of the sheet, where indicated on this diagram.
Step 5: Add details
This final step is optional, but it adds a nice soft, feminine touch to the throw blanket.
Lay your blanket out flat. Run a piece of lace along all four sides of the blanket, so that it’s laying over the top of the line of stitching that holds the ruffle to the blanket. This will hide any wonky stitching. Not that I would know anything about that…(my stitching is really wonky).
Sew along all four sides of the throw blanket to keep the lace in place.
To finish, hand-sew a small piece of ribbon (I used this grossgrain ribbon) to all four corners of the throw blanket. Tie the ribbon into a bow.
If you have any questions or comments, or need further clarification on anything in this sewing tutorial, please leave a comment below. I’m always happy to help!