Very Easy DIY Winter Blanket or Cozy Throw

Easy DIY Winter Blanket

Every month I join in our Monthly Creative Blog Hop. This month we are all posting about blankets and throws, such a perfect topic as it has been so very cold here.   A special welcome to anyone dropping by from Michelle’s Our Crafty Mom blog.    You will find the other bloggers links located at the end of my post.

It’s Canadian winter cold here right now.  Those gorgeous luscious faux fur comforters are great for on the couch and I have several of them but for nighttime its nice to have something warmer with a little extra cuddly weight.  This DIY winter blanket is just what I needed.

A large and cozy DIY comforter using Ikea quilts. Make it in a day

You can easily make one of these in a day.  It has a slight quilted pattern to it, but none of that is hand done.  This quilt is made with two Ikea “Lill” throws.  The Lill throws are all cotton alleviating the horrible static you get from nylon bedding.

The quilt has a removable wool batting insert and is extra wide because of the flannel frills.  This way it hangs right to the floor on both sides.



Cotton  quilt batting

4 yards of cotton flannel (42″wide)

Four white shoelaces

Two “Lill” Ikea throws  (110″ by 98″)

A large spool of thread

Large needle

The Flannel Frills

Depending on your decor you can use any kind of flannel pattern you like.  I had a bolt of soft grey flannel in my stash so I used it., but almost any flannel you like would work well.

Wash and dry your flannel.  Fold in half crosswise and press.  Cut the fabric in half crosswise.  You will end up with two long strips 21″ by 120″ long.

Hint:  I was able to snip my flannel in the middle and tear it in a straight line.  See if your material will allow you to do this.  It’s not only faster it gives you a perfectly straight cut.

Sew around all the edges of the flannel with a Serger or a zig-zag stitch to finish the seams and prevent the flannel from fraying.

Start by creating the hems on the two sides of the frill.  With good side down, start at one short side, fold and press your material over at 1/2 inch, and again at 1 inch.  Sew along the edge with a straight seam creating a side hem.  Repeat this for the other short side.

After you have the two side seams sewn.  Create a large hem along one long side of the fabric.  Fold the material over 1/2 inch and press.   Fold over 1 1/2 inches and press again.  Sew creating the bottom hem.   Your flannel now has a top zig-zag edge, two one inch side seams and a large 1 1/2 inch hem at bottom.

Repeat this for the second flannel frill.

To gather the flannel, thread a needle with an extremely long length of thread (9 feet).

With the good side of the fabric facing up,   Sew the top edge (no hem) of the flannel in long stitches about an inch or so in length.  Do this along the entire length of the fabric gathering the flannel as you go along.  When finished set aside and repeat for the other length of flannel. Set aside.

Sew the Cover

Place one Lill throw good side up.  Attach the flannel to the short side of the throw.

Place the flannel good side up on top of the throw.   Starting at one end pin the flannel in one corner and work along to the other end.  Make sure your ruffles are as even as you can get them and pin in place every six inches or so to hold them that way.

Simple gathering technique for an easy make in a day quilt with ruffles.

Once pinned in place, put the second Lill throw good side down.  Look at the pattern of the throw, you should be able to line the pattern up on both throws.  The two I purchased were identical.  If you skip doing this step it doesn’t really matter, but if you can make it match it just takes a few minutes.  Sew a one inch seam along the short side attaching the ruffle and the two throws together.

Sew one inch seams along the two long sides, making sure you don’t catch any of the frills into the side seams.

Now you need to attach the ruffle to the other short side.   This is done a bit differently because your going to leave a gap in the seam to turn the cover right side out and insert the quilt batting,

Make sure that the flannel is face up (matching the other ruffle).    Pin in place spreading the ruffles out exactly like the other end.

Sew the ruffle to the one throw with a one inch seam.    Then sew a  second zigzag seam along the very edge of the ruffle.  Remove the pins.

The finished seams on an IKEA hack quilt, throw or DIY comforter.

1 Edge of Illes throw.

2.  Zigzag stitch making edge of frill neat on unseamed opening.

3. Seam showing where the frill was attached.

To finish the last seam sew about two feet in from both corners.  This will leave a large gap in the middle for inserting the batting.

Attach the Shoelaces

Cut two shoelaces in half and sew one half in each corner.   Sew them in the seam allowance so it doesn’t show.

Make the Cotton Batting Liner

Warm and cozy liner for an Ikea hack quilt sewing project.

Cut two pieces of batting the same size as the Lill throw (110″ by 98″)

Sew the two layers together, by sewing along all four sides.

Once sewn together sew a second zig-zag seam sealing in the edges of all four sides.

Again cut two shoelaces in half, and sew one shoelace in each of the four corners.

A pretty ruffled quilt that can be made in a day.

Insert the Quilt Batting

Place the throw down with the batting on top.

Tie all four corners together using the shoelaces.

Starting at the short closed end, roll the throw into a long tube.

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Place one end into the opening and flip over.  Repeat with the other side.


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If you need a video I learned how to do a California roll for duvets a couple of years ago from this awesome video from Crane & Canopy.

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Enjoy your week.


A large quilt made in a day with a pretty frill and farmhouse style.
A large winter quilt will flannel ruffles


  1. Aww, this is really cute! :] I love that it’s not as complicated as I thought it would be to make it–I love the ruffles you added! 😀

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am glad you like it. It is very easy to put together and we are enjoying having it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Toni. I like that it reaches the floor on both sides. A fabric quilt doesn’t look right cascading like the fur ones do. Glad you like it.

  2. Beautiful!! I am obsessed with throws, this one is simply perfect. Thank you for the instructions, will have to give it a try very soon!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That’s great Heather, I am glad you like it. Its very easy to do,but if you have any questions just email me.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Sarah. I am enjoying the texture of the Ikea throws. They give a hint of a hand quilted one.

  3. Oh, how I love it! The ruffles are so femme and everything looks so comfy too. Throws are one of my favorite ways to nestle up especially during this time of year.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I have throws in every room, I cannot seem to get warm enough. Layers certainly help with the long wait til Spring.

  4. That’s really pretty, I love a good snuggly throw for winter evenings.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Julie. I believe there is no such thing as too many throws, especially for the winter months.

  5. What a beautiful winter throw! I love the ruffle that you added to give it a custom detail!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Jann. I love the flannel because it gives it extra width and warmth.

  6. You knocked this out of the park, Leanna!! What a beautiful snuggly throw!! I love the flannel ruffle and the gorgeous pattern!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Sam. I am really happy with how it turned out and it’s nice and warm.

  7. this is so creative! I especially love the ruffle edging it is so beautiful! You took a drab, regular blanket and made it spectacular !!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much, Kellie. I really wanted a throw that would reach the floor and this worked out to be very easy to do.

  8. Absolutely so beautiful! You took your blanket to another level that is gorgeous! Love how personal and unique your new throw is now! Thanks so much for joining our blog hop this month!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Your so welcome Janine. I love this blog hop, everyone is so kind and talented. I look forward to working with you next month as well. Thanks Leanna

  9. Leanna this is so beautiful. I think the addition of the ruffles on the sides really makes it a fantastic blanket. And it looks absolutely perfect in your bedroom. Smart thinking to add the flannel too. It’s nice and soft.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Mary. It has been so seriously cold here that extra covers are a necessity. I wanted one that was long enough to touch the floor so the flannel I had worked out exactly as I wanted it. Thank you for commenting.

  10. What a fun way to give that Ikea throw a little bit more personality! I have a few of these and it has never occurred to me to add something cozy and cute like your ruffles to it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Your welcome Katrin. It has been fiercely cold in Edmonton, so the four layers of the cover are very welcome.

  11. It’s such a pretty winter throw with those lovely ruffles! You have such a knack for making everything so soft and feminine.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Marie. Soft and cozy is so inviting to me, glad you like it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Debra. I had the cozy flannel sitting in my craft room for a long time and I really enjoy how it looks on the bed.

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