The much-maligned Snuggie is the sweatsock of the blanket world. They’re functional but not much to look at, and you don’t necessarily want the world seeing yours. Make your own Snuggie with cool fabric and this free pattern, and shun the disbelievers.
The great thing about this project from Instructables is that you don’t even need to buy any fabric to make your homemade Snuggie. If you have a big enough fleece blanket that you like, just use that. Grab some scissors, and get to work:
The first thing you’ll want to do is even up the cut edge of the fleece. If you’re using blankets, this part is done for you! If not, the easiest thing to do is align the selvage edge (the long side) with the edge of a table and align the cut edge with the perpendicular edge of the table. This is your straight edge guide, so trim away! Repeat on opposite end.
Now check out the diagram I drew up of how you’re going to cut down your fabric. This should give you a good overall idea of what the next few steps will entail.
Next, measure up 24″ from the newly cut edge and mark a line across the fabric. This is where you’ll cut to make the sleeves. Fold the newly cut 24″ long piece in half lengthwise and cut along the fold to make two rectangles for your sleeves. No, rectangle isn’t the traditional shape for a sleeve, but I’m trying to make this easy here, and frankly, I ended up enjoying my rectangular sleeves!
Once you have the basic shape down, you’ll need to make armholes, then sew it all up and you’re done. Be sure to check out the post for sewing tips and a pattern [PDF]you can use as a guide.
Admit it, you want one. Go ahead and make your own Snuggie. We won’t tell. Now, who’s got ideas on how to make one for your dog…?
Make Your Own Snuggie [Instructables]