I love the look of vintage blankets! I find ones that are in good shape that don’t have an odor can be hard to come by, and since they are mostly wool, I find to be a little itchy. I decided to see if I could replicate one and make a vintage-inspired striped painted fleece blanket that was softer in the colors I liked.
This project could be easily modifiable to add a monogram, or special designs to match a room, or something with meaning to give as a gift. Fleece comes in all kinds of colors and even what I call “fuzziness”. The biggest thing for this project is to pick a low “fuzz” fleece so the tape doesn’t make it pill.
For supplies, you’ll need:
Fleece blanket cut to size , with the corners rounded off
Low tack painter’s tape
Tape stripes on one end of the blanket with low tack painter’s tape. Measuring them out helps keep it straight. I also like to put down three lines of tape right next to each other, and then remove the middle piece to keep an even line and distance.Then I move that one up, and put down another line. It’s kind of like tape hopscotch and really helps to keep everything straight when marking out lines.
Use a soft brush to paint stripes on with fabric paint,brushing lightly. Acrylic paint will end up being crunchy, so if you use that make sure to use a textile medium to soften it. It should have a mottled look, and not be solid. You can add multiple layers of paint to darken the look.
Once stripes are painted, remove tape and let dry. I added some stitching in a coordinating yarn with a whip stitch around the edge to finish it off using an embroidery needle. Follow the care and washing instructions of the fabric paint before using, and then enjoy being warm and snugly all winter under your painted fleece blanket!
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