DIY Christmas Tartan Afghan Throw

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An Afghan is a necessity of Canadian Winters

During the winter months I have afghans all over the house; in the family room, the living room, the craft room and every bedroom.  This afghan is for the girl’s guest room but I am sure it will find its way to the living room when they are here.

I wanted this afghan to be extra warm, soft and cozy so I gave it double layers.  The polar fleece matches the tartan fabric I purchased for my Christmas linens and pillow.  It was pretty expensive, so I used a less expensive plain red polar fleece for the lining.

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Afghan Tutorial

Decide what size you would like your afghan to be.  Mine is 50″ by 60″.

Cut your material 1″ larger on both sides to allow for seam allowances.  (51″ by 61″)

Lay the tartan polar fleece good side UP on your working surface.

Cover it with the coordinating fleece good side DOWN.

Hint:  Polar fleece is  a stretchy material.  I spent half an hour making sure the fleece was totally flat, not stretched in any way, and pinned it throughout in order to reduce the stretch.  By being very careful in this stage I was able to avoid the puckering seams or twists that you sometimes see in polar fleece afghans.  In the following picture I outlined some of the pins with black circles so you can see how thoroughly I pinned it.

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Sew the afghan together, do the long seams first and check them to make sure the afghan is perfectly sewn without stretches,  then continue with the short seams.  Leave a 12″ gap on the last seam.

Using the gap turn the afghan right side out, make sure to push out all the corners.  Pin the gap together and sew to close.
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Crochet Edge and Pom Poms

Using wool, blanket stitch along the two short sides of the afghan.

Do 1 dc in each blanket stitch all the way across, ch 1 turn.

Do 1 sc in each dc across, tie off.

I am hoping Santa will provide me a lighting system, but until he does this girl makes do with what she has (Herman’s mechanical flood lights)  The video here is a bit dark, but it illustrates how I made my pom poms.

Spread your finger to make the pom pom as large and fluffy as possible.

Hold the end of the wool between your thumb and palm.  Wrap the wool around your hand about 200 times.

Carefully pull the loop of wool off your hand. Clasp it in the middle and hold in place.  With your other hand grab a piece of wool about 18 inches long and tie it tightly around the middle of the wool loop securing it in place.

Cut the loops and fluff your pom pom.

Give it a little haircut to tidy up any obviously over long pom pom threads.

I used up the extra fleece and made some matching pillow cases and cradle bed covers to match.  The rest of tid bits of left overs I used to make these  Tartan Hand Warmers.
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30 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Tartan Afghan Throw

    1. Hi Melissa: Winter finally decided to show up and remind us who the boss is today. I made several throws for the winter time and I got a basket of them from previous years as well. They are each well used. You can never have too many throws.

      I am glad you liked my version. Thanks for the comment. Leanna

    1. Hi Debra; I envision you guys drinking ice tea year around on the deck actually. We have not yet travelled to Florida but its definitely on the list.

      Do the evenings get cool?

      1. Well, that is true but in the winter I do wear sweaters and boots. It really is funny because the minute the temps hit 70 you will see us all bundled up. So many of us that live in Florida are from up north and although I don’t miss the snow I do enjoy the occasional cold day. 🙂

        1. I can believe that actually. Canada has a couple of very warm regions. I lived in Kamloops where the summer days can easily be over 100F, I wore a toque in September the first year I moved here. I was so cold. I am more accustomed to it now. I bet you get accustomed to it being warmer.

          Sigh someday I will retire south!!!

    1. Hello Sheila: I am a huge fan of your work. I absolutely love your blog. I am so glad you popped by to comment. Over the Christmas season everytime I went on Pinterest a pin would dry my eye. So many times it was your blog.

      We shall keep in touch. Merry Christmas Leanna

    1. Crochet is a great way to force yourself to just sit for awhile. I don’t have the non stop energy I use to have. I wish , because my mind is always planning something.

      This afghan is really soft and warm, I am sure the girls are going to love it.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. Hello Joy: This is my first Christmas as a blogger. There is so much to do all the time, but it is exciting and truly makes for very fast awesome weeks. You have a wonderful week as well. Thank you for commenting.

      Leanna

    1. Hi Jeanne: That little bear is very special to me. It was a Christmas gift to my eldest son on his first Christmas from Santa. We call him Grampa bear, he has earned his living comforting children for 37 years now.

      My grand daughters know his story that he is old and tired and they must play nice with him. It’s a special treat to play with Grampa.

    1. Oh Marie, I don’t know who is more excited they come to sleep over them or Grama. Last year my son took a video of them dancing with me, hilarious I was just doing my thing lovin it lmao.

      Thank you for commenting. Your opinion means alot. Leanna

    1. Hi Sarah: I think the afghan looks way more fun than functional with the Pom Poms. The poms make it livelier somehow.

      Thank you for the thumbs up. I appreciate the comment. Leanna

  1. Your afghan throw sure looks super fluffy and cuddly Leanna. I bet the girls love snuggling up with it. Adding all those pins is a great idea. Every time I’ve made a throw I end up with scrunchy bits and mismatched corners, probably because I’m too lazy to do it properly, but looking at how beautifully yours turned out I need to make a plan.

    1. Hi Michelle: I have that problem with stretchy material. I loathe doing something twice or threes time lol.

      The pinning and more pinning helped tremendously. Let me know how your next big sewing project turns out.

      Thank you for commenting.

    1. Thank you Florence. I bet when it rains you need warmth as well.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

      Leanna

  2. I really love the look up your tartan fleece. I bet it is an extremely warm blanket. The pom poms make it extra special. I bet the girls will bring it out into the living room, nothing like snuggling in a throw that grandma made for you. Is there?

    1. We will snuggle under that blanket and read together. It makes my heart sing. They have another one I purchased them last year with a big santa and reindeer on it. This year they each get one.

      Thanks for commenting Nikki. Love your blog Leanna

    1. It surely is a Christmas thing Marie. Last year I did the house up in winterscapes, I will need to remove alot more stuff after the holidays then I did last year.

      This year for whatever reason I chose red.

      I really like your penguin throw, it was my feature on the I am Pinnable link party with Amber. So nice.

      Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  3. I love that tartan plaid, it’s beautiful, and those pompoms set it off beautifully. I lived up near Canada and Vermont for one winter so I know how important it is to have afghans and throws handy

    Thanks for the tips about pinning it all over, that will save some frustrations for sure.

  4. Beautiful Afghan! Very festive, and looks so soft and warm. Believe it or not but I use afghans here in Texas as well. May not get to use them as often, but needed one last couple days. Was in the low 20’s with the chilling winds, then today suppose to be in the 70’s. Crazy.
    Love the added touch of the pom pom . Bet the girls will love cuddling up in it.

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