Crafty DIY Ways to Keep Warm: No Sew Fleece Blankets, Knit Blankets, Lap Quilts & More

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Unless you are one of the lucky Craftsters who live where it’s always warm and sunny, chances are you are either in the chilly heart of Winter, or Autumn will be upon you shortly. Either way, it’s a good time to think about ways to keep warm. Cold feet? Drafty house? Chilly hands? Never fear, your fellow Craftsters have a solution that will work for you!

We all know blankets are a chilly Craftster’s first line of defense. There are so many options that it’s hard not to make TOO many! If that happens to you, share with a shivering friend, or donate to charity. Blankets also make wonderful gifts.

A warm blanket can range from a simple afternoon project to a lifetime’s masterpiece, and anywhere in between. There are so many scrumptious examples of lap quilts, afghans, bed quilts, snuggies and such, you are sure to find the right project.

Craving a knit blanket, but no time to learn to knit? Here’s a sewn blanket made from recycled sweaters!

Here’s a quick fleece no-sew project with a twist. It’s warm, reversible, and doubles as a pocket to keep you extra toasty. Did I mention no sewing required?

If you are more ambitious, this museum-worthy quilt is a warm work of art.

This clever Craftster used recycled fabrics to knit a beautiful blanket. It’s warm for you and good for the planet, a great combination!

A lap quilt or afghan is a must for keeping the draft away while you craft, read, or watch TV. We love this modern crochet afghan.

When the temperatures drop, feet and hands are often the first parts to complain. Keep them happy with a comfy pair of slippers, and some fingerless gloves. Why fingerless? So you can still craft and surf the internet without sacrificing warmth! Here are some wonderful ideas for your chilly extremities.

There are plenty of crafty ways to warm your home, as well as your body. Seal out drafts by covering windows with plastic, attached to the window frame with double sided tape around the edges. A few drops of your favorite fragrance oil added to a pot of boiling water can add steam to dry winter air, and prevent those nasty static shocks. Make a few draft blocking “door snakes” in fun patterns to add some color to your room, while keeping cold air out and warm air from escaping under your door.

Heavy curtains are easy to make and will help stop drafts and cold that comes through the glass. Use heavy, warm fabrics or go the extra mile and quilt them, or make a liner using batting or other insulating material. Open the curtains on sunny days to let the sun warm your room, but be sure to close them at night, to keep the solar warmth inside! For a no sew method to make curtains fast, hem some draft-blocking fabric using iron-on hemming tape. Hang it up with clip-on curtain rings for instant curtains!

A hot water bottle or hot rice/oat/flax pack that can be microwaved is a great way to keep warm while in bed or on the couch. Our Grandmothers knew these secrets and they are equally useful today, especially if you are trying to keep your heating bills/carbon footprint down.

We’ve all heard someone say “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen”. Well, if you can’t stand the cold, get in the kitchen! Cooking and baking in winter warm both your body and your home. It’s hard to beat a hearty soup or stew for cold weather nosh.

For the vegetarians, delicious roasted tomato soup.

Baking is a satisfying project for a cold afternoon. Here are some yummy recipes to get you started – enjoy standing by the hot stove!

Don’t feel like cooking? How about a nice hot bath instead? Warm your cold muscles before you crawl under the blankets, with one of these warming recipes.

Oatmeal is soothing for dry, itchy skin.

Although nothing is cozier than a comfy chair, a soft blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a warm, furry friend on your lap, at some point we all need to leave the house. You may have to leave your chair, blanket, and pet at home, but if you whip up one of these gorgeous teabag wallets, you will never be without a comforting cuppa, wherever you go.

If coffee (or hot chocolate) is more your, erm, “cup of tea”, there are plenty of examples of coffee cup and mug cozies on Craftster in knit, crochet, fleece, and more. One of our favorites is this delightful quilted coffee cozy.

If you’re going to head outside, you can still keep warm, Craftster-style. This gorgeous coat will keep you warm and stylish. Pair it with some cozy accessories and you can face the elements looking and feeling great!

If cabin fever has you feeling a bit lonely, it’s a great time to join a craft-along. These are threads where a group of like-minded Craftsters gather together to work on the same or similar projects. It’s a great way to share tips, encourage and cheer each other on, and get some motivation. Besides all that, it’s a whole lot of fun. Here are just a few that you may want to consider:

Afghan Crochet-along, Thigh High Legwarmer Knit-along, Sweater Knit-along

Craftalongs can also be a great way to learn something new with the help of a group of friendly Craftsters to help guide you along the way. If you don’t see one that interests you, start one that does! Chances are there are plenty of people who would love to join in.

These are just a few of the ideas and projects your fellow Craftsters have come up with to beat the cold. What are some of your favorite tips, tricks, and posted projects to help survive the freezin’ season?

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  1. LadyMay says:

    When my kiddos were babies and toddlers, I had a hard time finding cheap warm wool sweaters their size. Meanwhile, I had an old favorite soft sweater that had become unwearable from holes. Ah ha! I cut out the front and back sections in the shape of a teeny sweater, and sewed them together. Before my daughter outgrew it another mom requested it as a hand me down.

  2. Tish says:

    Awesome ideas. Gives me some stuff to look for hehe.

  3. batgirl says:

    That’s a great idea about the sweaters! Genius!

  4. 7Mom says:

    I like the idea of making a child’s sweater out of an adult’s sweater! I’ve made several little boy’s shirts out of men’s shirts the same way, using the buttonholes and hems. You have to re-sew the sides of the cut down collar though.

  5. Helen Wells says:

    Crystal makes baby blankets, personalized baby blankets, unique baby blankets, crocheted baby blankets, crochet baby blankets, baby security blankets, round crochet baby blankets and homemade baby blankets

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