Get ready folks, this DIY is not for the faint of heart! Though it is pretty easy it (with a gorgeous outcome) it is time consuming. That said I think this just maaaaaay be my most favorite Ikea hack ever. About 3 months ago I saw a Moroccan wedding blanket in Domino magazine much like these. I absolutely adored them but the price tag made my jaw hit the floor, anywhere from $200 to $700 dollars, so I set out to make my own version for under a hundred bucks!
What are Moroccan blankets you ask? Oh you didn’t? Well I’m itching to tell you so bear with me! Moroccan wedding blankets are gorgeous handwoven blankets made by the Berber tribes in Morocco. Culturally their made in anticipation of a wedding (surprise surprise) by the bride’s family. A true labor of love, several hundred sparkling sequins are attached to the woven blanket in hours and hours of work. If you’re interested in learning more, Apartment Therapy has done a great write up on their history!
What You Need
What To Do:
Hey all, I expect you’ll want to totally change this to your tastes but you can see my original pattern here (I changed the center panel to be a 2 diamond pattern):
1. Roll out your blanket on a large table top or the floor and starting at the left end of the blanket start to pin on your trims. I left about seven and a half inches of each end blank and started with a strip of brush fringe. Snip and pull off the little thread that holds the fringe together.
QUICK TIP: To keep the cut fringe from fraying, brush a little Fabric Mod Podge onto the ends of the weave (the thick none fringed portion). Only a little!
2. Pin down your whole pattern, make any adjustments that you need to. Remove the Paillettes and the center zig zag so that just the stripes remain. Then it’s time to start sewing!
3. I chose to sew down the brush fringe stripes separately with a zig zag stitch (Stitch #4 on my Brother sewing machine) from the cream lace – gold sequined trim. But you can sew both on at the same time if you’d like. For this part you can use a sewing machine, just keep an eye on the blanket underneath. The loose weave of the GURLI blanket makes it easy to sew an uneven line giving your trim a ruffled look.
4. After sewing on each piece (12 individual strips) of the 4 stripes of fringe using a zig zag stitch, it’s time to start hand sewing. Pin back down your zig zag pattern in full and hand stitch it on using a blanket stitch or a running stitch (for the gold sequin trim). If you’re a skilled seamstress feel free to sew this down using your sewing machine. The diagonal can be pretty tricky to keep flat though so it’s safer though more time consuming to hand stitch.
5. Once you’ve got your zig zags down, it’s time for the paillettes! Double knot your thread in your blanket weave and stitch the paillette onto the blanket (a total of at least 3 loops down through the blanket and back up through the Paillette).
6.Push your needle back through the three loops and tie a double knot around the loops. Trim, repeat. Sooooo much repeating!
6. Cut to several hours later and you’ve got a blanket! The end result is gorgeous and glittery and so worth the effort. So guys, take this rough tutorial and run with it! Make it your own gorgeous Moroccan wedding blanket.