Thank you for the compliments.
I love this idea! This might be blatantly obvious but I haven't made a blanket before either and I have to ask - What did you line it with? Batting, or...?
I used quilt batting. I actually happened to find it really cheap at Building 19. It wasn't the nicest batting, it was kind of thin, so I used two layers, and I'm really glad I did. It is a really snuggly blanket.
My MIL bought me fabric to make a blanket and I don't even know where to start! Any tips?
I really had no idea what I was doing. I came up with this idea on my own, and just made it up as I went along.
I would suggest making sure you measure and double measure everything, to make sure your lines are straight and everything lines up because that will make everything easier for you.
I also didn't realize until I went to sew the lines through it, just how much blanket I was trying to stuff through my sewing machine.
I just have a cheap little machine, and not only was it a lot of fabric and batting to sew through, it was difficult to get the rest of the blanket to cooperate while I was sewing.
There is probably a better way to do it, but I just took it very slow and ripped out most of the lines, or parts of them, many times and resewed them until I was happy with them.
Good luck on your blanket making.