Linen and Flannel Ruffle Throw Blanket Tutorial

With spring fast approaching (although not really fast enough) I wanted to make a blanket cozy enough for the end of winter, but also light enough to go with my spring and summer decor.

I decided a combination of linen and flannel would be perfect together.  

I love the soft look of 100% linen and how it drapes so beautifully across a bed or chair.

And flannel is, of course, cozy.

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diy linen blanket
linen throw blanket

For this project I project I bought three yards each of this striped linen fabric and this white flannel.

linen and flannel throw blanket

(You wouldn't really need a full three yards, but you can get it cheaper if you buy more, and I have a hard time passing up a deal!  I also have my heart set on making something else for a future tutorial.)

Since two yards measures 72" inches in length, you can definitely get by just fine with two yards.  You could also make this project for a lot cheaper by purchasing plain old cotton, but I love the lightweight drape of this 100% linen.

Cut list:

 46" by 70" piece of linen

46" by 70" piece of flannel

2- 6" by 70" pieces of linen (for the ruffles) 

The linen fabric is 58" wide, so you will have a 12" by 70" strip left after cutting your 46" by 70" piece.  Cut that long leftover piece in half down the middle and you will have your two ruffle pieces.

DIY linen throw blanket

So, first things first.  I pressed the long side of one of the ruffle pieces down 1/4". 

Next, to hide that raw edge inside, I pressed it down again another 1/4".

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I then sewed that seam down for the entire length of the long side of the ruffle piece.

Next, I pressed both short ends over 1/4", and then another 1/4", to hide the raw edges inside.

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I sewed the seams down on both short ends, so I had three of the four edges hemmed. 

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Next, I put a gathering stitch* in the long side of the ruffle piece that wasn't hemmed.

*A gathering stitch is just sewing down the length of the fabric with the longest stitch that my machine allows.  Since the stitch is long, it will be loose enough to allow me to pull them, and create the ruffles.

linen blanket gathering stitch

I tugged the strings gently from both ends to create a 46" ruffle, the length of the  short end of my large linen piece.

linen blanket ruffles

Tips for making ruffles:

Set the tension on your machine to as high as it will go.  The combination of the high tension and loose gathering stitch will cause your machine to pull the fabric and create perfect ruffles, without any effort on your part.

Just make sure to set the stitch length and tension back to normal before actually sewing your ruffle onto your main piece.

When sewing ruffles to your main piece that you are working on, make sure to sew as close to the gathering stitch as possible, to keep the ruffle looking nice.  

The rule of thumb for cutting a ruffle piece is one and half times the length of the piece you will be attaching it to.  So, for example, if you want to sew a ruffle onto a 10" piece of fabric, you should cut your ruffle piece to 15" in length.

linen blanket pinning ruffles

Next I pinned my ruffle to the 46" end of my linen piece, with right sides together. (I had the backs of my hems facing up.)

I made sure to pin the ruffle at least 1/4" away from the edge of the fabric.  

I will need that extra space to sew the flannel to, later in the tutorial.

Just be sure to leave 1/4" on each side. 

pinning the ruffles diy linen blanket

Next, I sewed the ruffle to the 46" end of my linen, being careful to sew closesly to the gathering stitch, to keep my ruffles looking nice.

linen blanket sewing ruffles

And this is how the ruffle looked all sewn on.

linen blanket ruffles

Next, I repeated the whole process to sew the other ruffle onto the other 46" end of the linen fabric piece.

After that, it was finally time to sew the flannel to the linen.

To keep the ruffles away from the edges while sewing, I folded them over, and placed a few pins to keep them there.

diy linen blanket

Next, with the linen piece on the floor with the right side facing up and the ruffles facing down, I laid the flannel piece on top.

It was basically a linen, ruffle and flannel sandwich.

sewing the front to the back

I pinned the whole thing all the way around.

Then, I sewed around the entire thing, being sure to not sew too far away from my original ruffle stitch, to keep my ruffles from getting wonky.

sewing the front to the back diy linen blanket

I made sure to leave several inches not sewn at the end, so I could turn the blanket out, and hide all the seams inside.

diy linen and flannel blanket sewing

To close up the spot that I left not sewn, I folded the flannel under and pinned it in place, making sure to keep the ruffle edge tucked inside.

diy linen and flannel blanket

I sewed that spot closed.

Then, I top stitched* around the entire blanket.

A top stitch is just a stitch sewn close to the edge all the way around.  It is "on top" so it will be seen in the finished product.

diy linen and flannel blanket

I couldn't wait to get it down to our room to see how it would look on our bed, in a basket, draped around me (I may have swirled around in it in front of the mirror) and my kid...LOL 

I absolutely love the way it turned out!  

The flannel makes it so cozy and warm and I love the subtle gray color of the linen.  It looks so beautiful paired with ruffles.  

I have always been a ruffles girl. When my girls were smaller, I was able to get away with putting three or four layers of ruffles on their dresses and skirts. Two baby boys later, and it has been a while since I have had an excuse to sew ruffles.

finished diy linen blanket

Turns out linen is the best material ever to sew ruffles with.  They just drape so beautifully.

linen blanket folded
linen blanket in basket
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flannel back on linen blanket

I hope you try this blanket out for yourself.  It was super simple to make.  Now I want one for every room!

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