Learn how to make a soft and cuddly napping blanket. This is a great handmade gift idea! An Easy DIY Craft Tutorial Idea. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are my own because I love giving you helpful tutorials!
Soft cuddly blankets are a favorite of mine. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, there is nothing better than curling up in a snuggly blanket to watch tv. This almost always turns into a little cat nap. Oh, how I love lazy Sunday afternoons!
Now I have a blanket just for those afternoons!
Supplies Used to Make a Napping Blanket
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- Napping Blanket Iron-on – Cricut Design Space
- Cricut Maker
- Light Grip Mat
- Gold Foil Iron-on
- Snuggly Soft Blanket
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress Mat
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How to Make a Napping Blanket with Iron-on Vinyl and Cricut
The cut file for this project is completely ready to go! Simply click here and you will be taken to Cricut Design Space. I have the file sized as large as it can go with a width of 11.5 inches. If this size works for you then you can click on Make It. If you need to adjust the sizing, click on customize.
Place the iron-on shiny side down on the light-grip mat, and make sure you click on Mirror Image before you begin the cut. Follow the prompts in Cricut Design Space to cut the image out.
I cut this out on a Cricut Maker but all Cricut machines cut iron-on vinyl so it will work with any machine.
Once the image is cut, weed the excess iron-on vinyl from the backing sheet. The BrightPad is super helpful during this step because it shines light through the lines so you can easily see the areas you need to weed. Don’t forget to remove the center of the letters!
I wanted the text to be on the bottom left corner of the blanket where it was readable to others, not the one wearing the blanket. I eyeball the placement and where I like it, but if you would like you can use a ruler to perfectly space the vinyl.
For this project, I am using the large EasyPress 2. The heating surface measures 12 x 10 inches and is great for larger sized projects like totes, pillowcases or napping blankets!
To know exactly what temperature and time to set your EasyPress 2 at you can visit the online Cricut EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide. You enter the type of iron-on you are using and the type of material, and the guide gives you all the information you need even if you should peel the backing while the material is still warm or if you should let it cool!
For my iron-on and blanket material, I set the Cricut Easy Press to a temperature of 315 and 30 seconds. My cut image is a bit bigger than the heated surface of the press so I did the cycle twice. Moving the EasyPress over to cover the second half after the first cycle was finished.
Slowly peel back the iron-on backing off of the blanket. With the plushness of the blanket, it may be tricky to get the peel started. It doesn’t act like it wants to come off. But it will and after it gets started the rest peels really nicely.
If the iron-on doesn’t stick you can reapply the backing and apply the heat cycle again.
I love my new blanket and it looks like others in the family are taking advantage of the napping blanket too!
How do you like to nap? With cuddly blankets or do you prefer no blanket? Share and leave a comment below!
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