Blankets are one of the essential parts of our life. They keep us warm and cozy on chilly days by preserving our bodily heat which would be lost over convection. They are generally soft cloths that are large enough to cover a big part of our body, often when sleeping, resting or just by watching T.V, which is my favorite.
Whether you can take a blanket over your shoulders, put it over the back of your couch, cover your foot with them or just hide under it for the entire chilly months, it is a must-have item. However, there is one more way to utilize these handy objects to make our life a pinch more practical.
Now, we can value our old pal blankets as a multi-use item. Blankets can be folded over itself in various shapes to form different types of pillows for you. Yes, there are multiple ways of folding your blankets to store them in smaller portions or to smarten the beauty of your home through decoration. But these folding ideas will not just appeal to your eye, but also will make you and your friends more comfortable in case of any need.
Pillows made of blankets are really handy items if you have an overnight guest and you do not have any pillow to give them. You can just take a throw blanket over your couch, fold it and voila! Your new pillow is ready for your guest. Or you might be sitting outside and you do not just want to fold your blanket over several times and sit over it. You can have more coziness by folding it into a donut shape. In this way, you will also minimize your precious heat losing over convection through the floor.
As it is mentioned, there are several ways to form a pillow from a blanket. Let’s start with the most common and easy one.
Fold it twice and each time fold dimension should be the quarter of the width of your blanket.
Flip it over.
This time you will fold it across the other axis which you did on Step 1 until you reach the middle of the length.
Fold the opposite side of the blanket until you reach towards the other folded part. (Now, make sure that two folded sides are even.)
Fold it again on itself from its central part which is the contact line that you achieved as a result of Step 4.
Wrap your blanket around the thick side. You will notice a pocket is created. Put the last bit of your wrapped part into this pocket.
And that’s how you got your new pillow in easy 6 steps. Now you can just put it into a pillowcase and give it to your guest.
Now, we will see some of the other ways of folding. Maybe after you gain some experience you can improvise your own unique way of folding. But for now, let’s check the other way of forming a pillow from a blanket.
Put the blanket on a table in a way that the pocket side is down.
Hold the long side and fold the blanket into thirds, so the left side is in one-third of the way. Then, hold the right side in over the top so it lines up with the outside left folded part. (At the end of this step, your blanket will look like a long, slender rectangle.)
Turn the blanket over. The pocket side will be on the top and closest to your body. The long rectangle will lead away from your body.
Starting from the top, fold the blanket down. Fold the length into thirds. Each third will be the size of the pocket. When you are done with the last fold, your blanket will sit on top of the pocket.
Lift up the blanket that is sitting on top of the pocket and slide it into the pocket. Be careful not to get it bunched. Because it may not lay flat. Turn it over and your pillow is ready to go.
If you cannot fold your blanket right in the first try, it is not a problem. Just lay it flat and try again. It might require some practice. It is pretty normal that these steps might take a couple of tries if you have never done it before. But you will get familiar quickly. Like every other thing, it takes some practice to fold your blankets nicely.
Other way of folding your blanket is donut shape. This is a very comfortable way of creating a sitting pillow especially if you are outside. It will keep your bottom warm and help you feel much more comfortable. Moreover, it is a relatively easy way of folding.
Lay your blanket on a flat surface.
Fold your blanket in half, then start rolling it from one of its sides.
Continue rolling your blanket until it looks like a sausage.
Curl your cylindrical blanket into a circle shape.
Fold the messier end of your blanket inside the neater one.
Adjust as you need. If your blanket is thinner, the hole in the middle will be smaller.
And now, your donut blanket pillow is ready. Sit over it or place it under your head. Or be more creative and put a stuffed animal in the middle of it and use your blanket as a decorative object.
With cold seasons ahead, you are going to be spending most of your rest time wrapped up in blankets. In addition to that, isn’t it nice to have a pillow under your head? By following these folding steps, you can make yourself one. It is much better if you have a blanket that you do not like to snuggle with. Now you can turn it into a pillow and have a nice rest.
Lay your blanket to ground openly. Straight out any uneven edges to be able to fold your blanket without any wrinkles or creases.
Tuck about 30 cm of your blanket underneath it. Pinch your blanket in the center about 30 cm from the shorter edge and lift it up.
Tuck the edge of the blanket underneath the rest, starting where you pinched it. This will create a pocket that secures your blanket after rolling it up.
Fold your blanket into 3 equal sections. After you have created your pocket, divide your blanket into thirds. Bring one side to the middle and lay the other side on top. This will fold your blanket into 3 equal sections. This step makes it easy to neatly roll up your blanket.
Lay about 30 cm of the blanket on top of the rest. To help you neatly roll the edge, flip about 30 cm of blanket from the edge closest to you onto the rest of the blanket. This does not have to be an exact measurement. This fold helps you roll the blanket tightly and attractively.
Roll your blanket tightly starting at the side you just folded on top. Once you make your fold, pinch the edge of your blanket in your hands, and stack the end on top of the rest of the blanket. Then, begin rolling your blanket as tightly as you can. Use your hands as guides to keep the blanket secured as you roll it, and continue rolling the blanket until you reach the end. To neatly tuck your blanket into the pocket, it is important to roll the blanket tightly. Note that if you are having trouble keeping your blanket rolled tightly, you can unroll your blanket and try again.
Always secure the blanket with your hands so it stays tight. After you finish rolling the blanket, do not just let it go! Keep your hands on the blanket at all times so your blanket does not unroll or relax. In addition, you can rest your knee on top of the blanket if you need extra assistance.
Fold the pocket over the rest of the blanket to keep it neatly rolled up. Peel back 1 corner of the pocket layer you created, and tuck the pocket around the rest of your blanket. With a little pushing, your blanket will easily slip inside the pocket. Be careful as you do this, so your blanket does not unravel. Your blanket is now compact and secured! You can either store it away or pack it for your next trip.
It is always nice to have a friend around to chat or watch something. While you are folding just ask for help to hold the blanket for you as well. It is easier to make these steps with a friend and your pillow will be tighter. They can hold the edges and meet you in the middle, for instance.
I love old blankets. Because the years of use soften them up and warm them in. Unfortunately, these are the blankets that you should get rid of. Because they are added. There is a way to turn these old blankets into useful objects. It is attractive and easy to make, very comfortable pillowcases.
Alright, with all these various methods that are mentioned above we can fold a blanket to a pillow. But, still, you will need a pillowcase to tuck it inside. You might have some pillowcases but why not more? If you are curious about this examine these steps below.
Our next precept cannot be done just by folding. It takes a little bit of craft. If you are eager to do some recycling by a small hard work, you can turn your old and worn out blankets into new pillows. In addition to your old blanket you will need a sewing kit for this craft. Just a needle and threat is enough. However, if you want to put some ornament on it, it is nice to have different colors of threats.
Lay one of your other pillowcases flat on a surface and measure the height and width. Or you can just use your own numbers according to the pillow you just created from your blanket. Note these numbers down.
For one pillowcase, you will need the exact width plus an additional 5 cm for sewing, and twice the width plus an extra 25 cm. This is because, as you may have already noticed, there is an additional flap tucked inside that keeps the pillow from falling out. Cut out long strips from your old blanket according to the above measurements.
Note: Do not just throw them, you can use leftover for your ornament!
Sew up both ends of the width approximately 1 cm – 1.5 cm each to keep it from fraying. These fold up flaps should be on the back of the piece of cloth.
Now, fold the remaining additional 20 cm inwards and pin it down. Fold the entire cloth into half lengthwise (including the pinned down flap) and pin it down once again. Make sure you fold it inside out so that the stitches remain inside. It is important to pin down your cloth throughout the process to avoid it from running! Besides that, pinning down your cloth also makes the sewing process easier later on.
Sew both sides of the length about 2.5 cm in. Remember to keep the end with the flap open.
Note that, there is a little alternative to step 5. You can make temporary stitches slightly less than 2 cm in, turn the sack right side out, and sew piping onto both sides. After that, you can remove the temporary stitches.
Once you are done, turn the sack right side out. You now have a completed pillowcase.
You can repeat this process with remaining pieces of blankets until you achieve the desired number of pillowcases.
If you wish to decorate your pillowcase, you should do so right after you have sewn both ends of the width. Remember to leave 20 cm away from the end for the flap. Your decorations should go on the half near the flap as this should be the front of the pillow.
When decorating your pillowcase, be mindful not to include anything that might get your hair caught onto the pillowcase or anything that might scratch your face such as scales and beads.
These were different ways to make yourself, your friends or your pet a nice, soft and warm pillow from your blanket. In general, these are handy items that can be left on a guest bed or couch as a pillow but opened up as a blanket if the room gets chilly. You can store them with pillows cases, which can be your own product, without disturbing their form. Or just tuck it away during the warmer months.