Dressing up real horses is fun…and dressing up your plushie is no exception either! This is a quick and simple project to make a blanket for your Floppy Filly or Classic Colt.
The blanket is reversible so you can have one fabric print on one side and an entirely different one on the other! It is designed to fit my Classic Colt and Floppy Filly Horse Dolls, if you’re wanting to make them for other plush animal designs some adapting may be necessary.
Download the pattern template at the end of this tutorial.
What You Need
- -1 Fat Quarter Quality Cotton (side 1 of the blanket)
- -1 Fat Quarter Quality Cotton (side 2 of the blanket)
- -3 inches of 1/2 inch wide hook & loop tape (such as Velcro®)
- -6 inches of 5/8 inch wide ribbon (or make straps from fabric)
- -Scissors, Thread, Sewing Machine
Step 1: Join the two pattern template pieces together at “Join A” to create one full pattern template. Iron your fabric, if it is iron friendly. Cut out the fabric from the templates.
Step 2: Place two mirrored side panels right sides together for side 1 of the blanket. Sew only the top straight edge of the two together from point “B” to point “C” on the pattern template. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat with the two mirrored panels for side 2 of the blanket.
Step 3: Create straps if you are making your straps from fabric. Cut your ribbon or straps at 3 inch long lengths. Sew a 1 inch long strap of hook and loop tape (Velcro®) to one end of each strap.
Step 4: Place one strap on each “belly strap placement” notch, right sides together with the end of the strap without the hook and loop tape aligned with the raw edge of the fabric. Make sure that one strap has the hook side of the Velcro® face down to the fabric and the other strap has the loop side of the Velcro® face up to the fabric. Baste stitch the straps in place along the raw edge using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 5: Lay the two full side panels right sides together and pin in place. Sew together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Start at the belly placement strap notch on one side and sew all the way around the opposite side and back to the same side you started on, ending at the curve just prior to the belly placement strap notch. This will leave a small section open for turning.
Step 6: Clip the curves and turn right side out. (to clip the curves, snip the fabric in the seam allowance right up to the stitch, but don’t cut into the stitch, do this along all the curved edges about a 1/4 inch apart)
Step 7: Fold the opening in about 1/4 inch so it is in line with the rest of the seam. Iron the entire paddock blanket and pin the opening closed.
Step 8: Topstitch along the edge, all the way around the blanket. Use a 1/8 inch seam allowance to topstitch (a topstitch is a stitch made on the right side of the fabric, usually over a seam and/or over a folded in opening, used to neatly close the opening)
Step 9: Sew a 1 ¼ inch strip of Velcro® on the front tabs of the blanket where indicated on the pattern template. To make sure they fold over each other and attach correctly, place the hook side of the tape on one tab on fabric side 1 and place the loop side of the tape on the other tab on side 2.
Your reversible blanket is finished! Time to put it on your Floppy Filly or Classic Colt!