DIY: 5 year Anniversary Blanket8:31 AM
Wondering what to get for your hubby for your anniversary when you're on a budget? Here's what I did. It's a blanket made of shirts from the past five years of our marriage. The back is made from our first set of sheets as a married couple. To us it's just a giant memory to snuggle under.
Each square is 10" by 10"
This square brings back the most memories to us since this is where we met.
Refer back to Megan's baby rag quilt for instructions on how to put it together. The only difference between hers and mine is that mine is a lot bigger, it's is made of fabric squares on the top and fabric strips on the back, and I sewed around the edge of the blanket and snipped the edges rather than binding the edges. You can make this quilt any size. Just lay it out, step back and take a look, re-arrange, and sew the squares together in rows. Take note of how long the rows are. The back of the quilt was made up of strips of "sheet" fabric 10" wide by the length of the square rows. ( I think mine was 80") Layer the fabric like a sandwich starting with the sheet on the bottom, then any middle fabric if you desire (like flannel), and then the shirt row. At this point you can either sew down the center for more stability or just pin it for stability.
Sew the rows together so that you can snip or "fringe" the t-shirt side of the blanket.
The back should look like this.
T-shirt fabric doesn't fray, but the sheets do. I just decided that a little fringing wasn't that big of a deal to me and that I really wanted to have more sentimental aspects of the quilt rather than perfection. Plus it didn't cost me any money to make this quilt since I had all the fabric! Zero $$$