This DIY project is romantic luxury at its finest! Dust off those sewing skills and try your hand at this beautiful Valentines Lace Throw Blanket, trimmed with lace edging – and finished in only 4 easy steps.
I have this thing, or better said, this obsession with pretty fabric. It all started at Grandma’s house as a child.
It was tradition for us kids to go there every Saturday, for practically the whole day. It was my favorite day of the week, and I dare say hers too. How she spoiled us rotten.
I would frequently admire all the projects she would sew and sew. She didn’t own a single item of clothing that she didn’t make herself – at least as far as I could tell.
In the bottom drawer of her hallway was her fabric stash, each piece rolled up and held together with an elastic band and placed ever so nicely in the drawer. She never stopped me from admiring them.
In fact, she would often allow my sisters and I to choose a fabric to take home, and slowly but surely, we obtained a small box of our favorite fabrics to play dress up in – our favorite past time.
Later on through the years my Angel Grandmother would make some of my prom dresses, costumes, and slowly teach me how to sew as she further nurtured my love of this art.
I am so grateful to her for instilling a love of sewing and fabric into my heart. Walking into a fabric store is my creative therapy and a sure fire way to fill me with so much inspiration and a desire to create.
Just this past week my Grandma was placed in the hospital and now in a rehab nursing home. Her mind and body is not what it once was, due to Alzheimer’s. It pains me to see her in a place she wishes not to be, and in a state of un-wellness.
But I’m so grateful for the memories I have and the lessons she has taught me. Reflection on her influence in my life has motivated me to share my passions with others more and cultivate the talents I see in my children.
When I made this delicate pink lace throw blanket for some subtle Valentines Day decor in our home, I smiled at the thoughts of what I knew it would become for my children.
The little dressmakers just couldn’t resist the temptation and were delighted when I told them they could now play with the new blanket.
It pleased my heart so much to see their love of fabric ignite and their talents emerge.
I hope I can be half as wonderful as my Angel Grandmother at teaching them the art of sewing.
As you can see, this romantic and feminine throw blanket drapes beautifully and is an unexpected addition to a couch or chair.
To me, it nearly looks like an elegant gown draped carefully in our bedroom.
Yet it is still cozy and soft enough to cuddle with while watching a movie.
The construction of it is easier than you might think, as it is only a piece of silky fabric sewn together with lace fabric and trimmed around the edge with lace ribbon.
You could really sew this blanket with any type of fabric, but my favorite thing is to walk the isles of the fabric store and find the perfect combo and let my hands be the guide. This soft pink drape fabric and soft to the touch lace overlay stole my heart!
Let me know show you how to make it in 4 easy steps.
But first, here is what you need.
- 2 yards of your base or solid fabric
- Be sure this piece looks good on both right and wrong sides, and pick which side would work best to be covered with the lace and which one would be softest to the touch for the back side.
- 2 yards of lace fabric
- Some lace is really scratchy and stiff. I walked the isles until I found one that was very soft and had a lovely pattern.
- Lace trim
- 8 yards of lace trim to go around the whole perimeter, or if you can afford more, it would be lovely to double this amount and ruffle the trim before sewing it into the blanket.
*I found all my fabric and trim at Joann’s Fabric.
STEP ONE: MEASURE and CUT
I did buy a bit extra of the pink fabric, but either way, you want to measure or match your two pieces of fabric to each other.
Be sure to leave 1 inch of the solid fabric to extend outside the lace overlay, because you will be hemming and need to account for that allowance.
STEP TWO: HEM
I’ve learned these slippery and delicate fabrics work best if you can hem before trying to pin and sew together. This is why I folded the edges of the pink fabric and hemmed them in place all the way around.
STEP 3: PIN
Lay your fabric down on the ground, together as you wish them to end up being, with the lace on top. Carefully go around the whole blanket and pin the lace trim inside the layers, and fold the edge of the lace fabric inside as you pin. You could also hem the lace edges first like you did the solid fabric, but I found that step to be unnecessary.
When you get to the corners, make a small pleat in the lace trim so it bends without too much bulk around the corners.
STEP 4: SEW TOGETHER
The final step is to sew the layers together all around the blanket, making sure they all stay in place as you sew. Slow and steady wins this race.
Be sure to finish it off with a nice press around your seams and admire your handiwork.
Or let some little ones admire it for you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and had it spark some creativity of your own.
FABRIC – Joann’s Fabric
BENCH – Kirklands
POM POM PILLOW – Tutorial coming soon!
Now tell me, is there a passion or skill you have that has been passed down from generations to you and/or your children? I’d love to know!
If you are looking for more Valentines Day inspiration, please enjoy clicking around to see many inspiring projects from my dear blogging friends. They are so talented and you will find so much inspiration today!
Big thanks to Jennifer from Town & Country Living for pulling us all together!