Well, here it is . . . a Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo that will make back to school an easy touchdown this year. The ingenious tote holds the blanket, then turns into a cushion while you’re at the game. Whether you’re prepping for local Fall sports or sending off a college bound son or daughter, this Combo is perfect!
First – do your homework so you can be sure you’re using the right logos and colors. The Stadium Blanket designed by Bonnie Ferguson of Fishsticks Designs uses sports themed t-shirts – about nine. If the Combo is for someone living in your home there may be a t-shirt or nine you can use somewhere around the house. Like maybe under the bed???
If you’re making a Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo for someone who doesn’t live in your home, enlist the help of one of their family members. Most teens have a drawer full of t-shirts they don’t wear, but can’t part with – just what you need for this project. For the college bound this is a fabulous way to take a bit of home and personal history with them.
But, suppose you don’t find any tees you can use – now what? Enter today’s Super Hero – Printable Fabric! Google the college, team or sport and print the logo and mascot artwork you need directly onto Printable Fabric. To learn more about this little bit of magic, click here. Just remember you can do this for personal projects only and not as something to sell. That would violate licensing agreements and as responsible, ethical sewists, we’re not going to do that.
Once you’ve nailed down the t-shirts or printed your own fabric, choose coordinating fabrics for the alternating blocks in your blanket top. Read through the tutorial so you’ll be sure to buy enough for the tote/cushion portion of your project, too. Your supply list will also include fusible interfacing, fleece, flannel or Cuddle for the blanket back and 1” foam for the cushion.
Bonnie says to pre-wash all your fabrics. Obey her. You’ll be using fabrics made of varying constructions and fibers and they will each shrink differently. That’s just not something you want to happen once your Combo is done!
The blanket looks like pretty straight-forward fun. Start by using a 12” square ruler to cut “blocks” from the t-shirts. Next assemble 12” blocks from coordinating fabrics, stitch together and . . . you get the idea. Bonnie wrote a really great tutorial for this wonder-tote/cushion combo. Follow her instructions and you can’t go wrong. Beyond the Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo, Bonnie designs marvelous things for her Fishsticks pattern collection. Click here to take a look. They’re super-reasonably priced and each one would make an excellent gift!
Beyond back to school, this is also a project that would make terrific gifts any time of year. Using Printable Fabric, make Granddad a Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo that features all his grandkids. Print fabric with pictures of the kids in their sports uniforms and use Gramps favorite colors for a gift he’ll love. Your littles would love a tote/cushion to use for library story time. It’s also a great way to corral their squirming!
Laura of the Sew Very Easy blog just posted a YouTube video on a subject you’ll love – T-Shirt Quilts! Click here for Laura’s super helpful video. There are so many tee-riffic possibilities with these projects and I know you’ve got lots of ideas now. Plan, prep, search for shirts and have a fabulous time making Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combos. Click here for the tutorial!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.