You know those gorgeous Moroccan wedding blankets that are incredible but crazy expensive? They're beautiful and have such a great story behind them. In Morocco they're handmade by a Berber bride's female relatives and given to her for her wedding. After the ceremony the bride wears the blanket like a cape and takes it to her new home.
I've had my eye on one of these for a while, but with their price tag it just wasn't going to happen. However, when I found this throw blanket on clearance at Hobby Lobby last week, I knew I could whip up a pretty close approximation and get the look for much less. In fact this cost me less than $50 to make.
This was pretty easy to make but it takes a lot of time and patience.
1 blanket or throw (I found mine on clearance at Hobby Lobby)
10 yards of sequin trim (this particular trim is from Joann Fabrics)
sewing machine (or you can try fabric glue)
I basically laid out the sequin trim on the blanket, pinned it down, and sewed it on with a long zigzag stitch.
This is where it got a little tricky. The sequins would get caught in the presser foot on the sewing machine, so to fix that I laid a piece of tissue paper over the trim while I stitched it down. I had to fiddle with the tension on the sewing machine since I was sewing with clear plastic thread and the long stitching, but setting the tension to a lower setting took care of any pulling issues. You can lay out the sequins any way you want. I wanted a more minimal look with the sequins so I just had a few straight lines of trim. Even this took 10 yards of trim, so if you want to do a more complicated design, take that into consideration when calculating the amount of trim to buy.
Once I stitched through the paper and tacked the trim down, I carefully pulled the tissue paper off, which took some time but wasn't horribly difficult. Just make sure you don't pull too hard and accidentally pucker the stitching. (Trust me, it's a pain!)
You might be able to skip all of this and use fabric glue to secure the sequin tim onto the blanket, but I've never used fabric glue so I can't say how well that will stick or how long it will last. I figured sewing it down was a more permanent solution so I went that route.
And that's it! Once the sequins are sewn down, you can iron the blanket (or not if you're impatient like me and just want to take some photos) and add it to your bed, couch, or wall.
I'm Sarah, a textile, history and sewing enthusiast. I talk about contemporary and historical fashion, sewing, patterns, tutorials, home decor, and anything else you can make with a needle and thread. I love books and am happy to talk your ear off about historical clothing.
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