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user-160615 | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone have a pattern or directions for making a ‘Slanket’? I’ve only seen them on tv or online….they are a fleece (or fabric of choice) blanket made with sleeves. They seem wonderful for cuddling up to view tv, read,….any activity that would involve sitting….your arms & hands are warm, but free. I’d like to make Slankets for Christmas gifts. Thank you for your help. JAN


  1. sewslow67 | | #1

    You might want to check out Vogue # V8344; it's not called a "slanket", but the pattern might adapt easily to what you are looking to do.

    1. user-160615 | | #2

      Thank you for the reply sewslow67. Yes, it does look as tho' it could work for a Slanket. I liked the pattern....cute jacket.

      1. sewslow67 | | #3

        You are most welcome; I really like your idea and may just follow in your footsteps.  I get cold sitting in front of the TV in the evening, half-watching whatever DH has on, while doing my hand stitching. 

        What kind of fabric do you plan to use?  I prefer wool because of its warmth, but I have two dogs so thought maybe fleece might work better for me ...except for all the "fleece fuzz".  I don't care for that much.  Of course, I could always line it with a cotton knit, which is what I'm mostly doing with the fleece jackets and pull-overs I'll be making soon.

        1. user-160615 | | #4

          I was planning to use fleece for the slanket & wool for the jacket. I, too, need something warm about me while watching tv in the evenings. I have another question. If you line your fleece jackets with a cotton knit, does it slip on (either over the head or like a cardigan) easily? That's the only drawback I have with fleece jackets...they are usually difficult to put on, if you're wearing a long sleeved top or a sweater. I've thought about using a 'lining' fabric,(a little on the slippery side) but don't know if that would work.

          1. sewslow67 | | #5

            Slipping on smoothly is a problem, I agree.  However, I think I'm going to make these to open down the front and not the pull-over types.  I have a favorite pull-over that I like because of the fit and warmth, but I really dislike pulling it over my head, as it sticks ...and is difficult to get both on and off.

            I also have one that is lined with bemberg, and it is heavenly to get on.  That said, it opens down the front as well, but I can still wear a heavy sweater under it and get it on and off easily.  You need to remember to cut the silky fabric larger than the fleece though, or it will "pull" at the fleece.  The thing I like about a cotton knit lining is the added feeling of warmth as opposed to a cold feeling silky lining.

            The other thing I like about the knit lining is the fact that it stretches about the same as the fleece (if you get the right knit, that is).  There is one knit that has a real slick finish to it - I don't remember what it's called, but Marcy Tilton has it on her website, which is: http://www.marcytilton.com/   Please keep me posted as to your progress and I'll do the same.

        2. Gloriasews | | #6

          If you make a slanket, Sewslow, you could line it with a nice flannelettee - that would be warmer & softer than a cotton knit.  Thanks for the pattern number :)


          1. sewslow67 | | #7

            Good idea, Gloria; and to play off your suggestion, how about using a flannel backed satin, which would give the warmth but also make the item easier to pull on and off by putting the satin side out ...i.e. next to the body so a person could also wear it on top of a warm sweater?   Do that sound like that might work?

            PS:  You are welcome for the pattern number; I don't have that one, but hope to get it the next time they have one of their Internet sales with patterns @$5.99 or less.

            Edited 10/11/2008 10:36 am by sewslow67

          2. Gloriasews | | #8

            The flannel-backed satin is a good idea - but, by then, you could wear it as a coat, eh?  I'm like you - I like openings at the front, rather than over-the-head.

            I just remembered that a slanket could be made with DonnaKaye's cape pattern that she posted in her torn projects a couple of months ago - it would work for watching TV & could be made with fleece.  I think it could be adapted to sew up a sleeve into it.  In fact, we haven't heard from DonnaKaye for quite awhile - hope she is OK.



            Edited 10/12/2008 2:25 am by Gloriasews

          3. user-160615 | | #9

            I posted my Slanket question on another sewing site & was delighted to get an answer. Here is the informational site on making these blankets with sleeves...no pattern was used, but good printable directions (PDF) are given; http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?ID=12531?Happy sewing!

          4. Gloriasews | | #10

            Thanks muchly, Jan, for the link.  I was wondering what the item looks like - & this Snuglet looks perfect for TV or reading when it's chilly.  It's also easy to make!


          5. MaryinColorado | | #11

            They are nice for travelling too.  Mary

          6. Gloriasews | | #12

            You're right!  They would have to be a lot shorter, though, if you're driving, so your feet don't get tangled - but great for the passengers, especially in winter, with the heater on, & you don't want to be wearing your heavy winter gear on a trip, eh?   I think I'll make a couple as Christmas gifts.


          7. sewslow67 | | #13

            Thanks so much for the link, Jan.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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