Winter Warmers 3

Blankets & Throws

As I'm sitting here typing away, I've got my windows wide open and let me tell you, it's definitely not the warmest out there! I've got a delicious chickpea curry cooking, but my extractor fan just isn't doing the trick in this chilly weather. I could really use a cozy throw to snuggle up with and beat the chill! 


So, let's chat about throws and blankets - are they the same thing? I'm not quite sure, maybe it's all about the size. I'll have to look into that! 


I spotted some super soft fur and fleecy throws at a local store recently that were just perfect for getting all cozy under, but then I saw the price tag and had to put them back on the shelf! I've been checking out throws both online and in person, and it seems like there are a ton of options out there. 


But I'm on a mission to find or make some that are:

  • Beautiful
  • Cosy but not too heavy
  • Good quality
  • Reasonably priced. 

It's definitely a challenge, but I'm up for it! 


When you're picking out a throw, think about the look you're going for. 

I'm into long grey, brown, or beige wolf fur vibes, but maybe you're more into funky colors or teddy bear textures. Or maybe you're all about quilted, hand knit, or crocheted styles - there are so many options to choose from! Also, consider where you'll be using your throw. 


Different fabrics have different weights and textures, so think about whether you want something heavy for extra warmth or something lighter for snuggling up without overheating. I've done some research and found some cool ideas for throws, so stay tuned for the results of my hunt and some DIY inspiration! 

Faux Fur Throws

So, I've been on the hunt for a new cozy throw blanket, and let me tell you, they can be a bit on the heavy side but oh-so-warm! 


My old one has seen better days, but it still keeps me nice and toasty, despite the occasional static shock. 

I recently stumbled upon some gorgeous double-sided throws at a boutique store here in Wokingham. They have a lovely selection of winter-themed colors and patterns, but they do come with a bit of a price tag, ranging from £40 to £50. A bit steep for my liking, but definitely worth checking out! 


I've been doing some online browsing to find a more budget-friendly option. Dunelm has some beautiful throws, but they are a bit out of my price range, ranging from £50 to £80. Maybe I'll catch a deal in the January sale! 


I found a couple of options on Amazon that caught my eye. Not as luxurious as the Dunelm ones, but still pretty nice! 


There are so many different types of faux fur out there, from realistic to more plush 'teddy bear' styles. 



You could even try your hand at making your own throw blanket with fabric from online stores like Dalston Mill Fabrics or My Fabrics .

However, the most realistic fabric I could find online was from Mohair Bear Making Supplies although they are very expensive.


It might be a fun project, but it could end up being a bit pricey! 


So, whether you're looking to splurge on a fancy throw or get crafty and make your own, there are plenty of options out there to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

Fleece Blankets

So, I've noticed that there are tons of fleece blankets out there in all sorts of places. 


However, fleece is super easy to work with - it comes in a bunch of colors and patterns, plus it doesn't fray, so if you're wanting to make your own unique blanket it's perfect for a quick DIY project! 


All you have to do is cut it to your desired size and voila, you've got yourself a cozy blanket! Now, if you want to add a little something extra to make it unique, consider adding a cute edging. 

I used to have this super soft blue fleece throw with a cream blanket stitch edging that gave it a special touch. 


Another idea I've been thinking about is adding a simple coordinating fabric as a finishing touch. Maybe a bright cotton fabric strip about an inch wide? It'll really make your blanket stand out and feel extra special. Just a little something to consider! 

So, if you're looking for a fun and easy project to personalize your fleece blanket, adding a unique edging or fabric strip could be the way to go. 

Crocheted or Knitted Throws

Have you ever thought about making your own blankets? 

Handcrafted ones can be a bit pricey to buy them online, but don't worry, you can totally make your own! 


There are tons of free patterns out there, ranging from super easy to a bit more challenging. You'll definitely find something that suits your skills. 

The best part is, there are so many gorgeous yarns to choose from that even a simple pattern can turn out looking super professional. 


And with the chunky arm knitting patterns available now, you can whip up a cozy throw in no time...even if your arms might get a little tired! 


Plus, as you work on your blanket, you're keeping yourself warm at the same time - talk about a win-win! 

I've saved a bunch of patterns on Pinterest, so feel free to check out the crochet and knitting patterns I've found.

Woven Throws

I absolutely love a good tartan blanket! There's just something so charming and cozy about them, don't you think? 


And the best part is, you can find woven throws in all sorts of colors and patterns to match your style. Whether you prefer classic plaids or solid hues, there's something for everyone. 

These blankets are usually made from wool or acrylic blends, which means they're perfect for keeping you warm on those chilly nights without feeling too heavy. 

Plus, they look so lovely draped over the back of a sofa or neatly folded on a bed. 

Now, I must admit, the pure new wool blankets can be a bit pricier and some might be a tad itchy. But they are truly a timeless classic that will last you for years to come. 

I recently came across some beautiful options on Amazon from Tweedmill Textiles. They have a variety of styles, including some gorgeous recycled wool blankets for around £25 - a steal for wool! So, if you're in the market for a new blanket to snuggle up with, I highly recommend checking them out.

I've come across some really cool weaving projects online that use DIY weaving looms made from things like shoeboxes, and they look like a lot of fun!


You can also buy weaving kits online, making it super easy to create smaller pieces with all sorts of materials. And you can always connect them to make a bigger masterpiece. 


Lots of fun ideas to play around with!


Isn't patchwork so beautiful! 

There's something so special about mixing and matching random patterns and colors, don't you think? 

It's just like creating crochet or knit throws, which can be quite pricey to buy pre-made. But the great thing is, there are so many different fabrics out there (including recycled ones) that you can use to make your own unique creations. 


It's such a fun and rewarding process! Sure, there are some intricate patterns out there, but there are also plenty of simple ones that turn out beautifully. Some of my personal favorites involve squares or strips, which are super easy to put together. 


And if you're not into quilting or feel like it's too much work, you can always just add a backing to your patchwork and it will still make a stunning throw. 

The possibilities are endless, and the end result is always so cozy and charming. So why not give it a try and create something special for yourself or a loved one? 

I hope you've found something here that has sparked your imagination! 


The weather is starting to get chilly, so it's the perfect time to start preparing for those cold winter days. 


I've saved a bunch of inspirational ideas on my Pinterest page, so feel free to take a look. And remember to leave your comments and photos here on the blog.


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