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Lap Robe Pillow

 Turn a blanket into a pillow in no time!

Lap robe dimensions are 43-44 inches by 65-66.  This is not an exact science. 16×18 total size will fit the blanket inside. Piece what ever you have left to get close to these dimensions.

Supplies:
    
3-4 yards of material. We used fleece.
    Contrasting or matching thread. Lots.
    Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
    A good movie to watch 

Cut squares using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler:
Squares needed: We used green and blue for the main field, red and white for the border, purple for the four corners, and purple for the pillow with a white border. Your bag might not have the same colors or the same amounts of colors. Go crazy creating your own color design!

Main – 160 4×4 squares total consisting of:
   
Green – 80 4×4 squares
    Blue – 80 4×4 squares

Border – 52 3×4 squares and 4 3×3 squares consisting of:
   
Red – 26 3×4 squares
    Gray – 26 3×4 squares
    Purple – 4 3×3 squares

Pillow Cover – total size 16×18 minus seam allowance:
    Purple 14×16 – We used 4 7×8 squares
    Grey strips of 2 inch wide to border the pillow cover

Serge the squares:
We put the fuzzy (wrong according to sweatshirt construction) sides together so the seam would be on the smooth (right) side of the fabric. The fuzzy side would then be cozier against you without a seam.   

Serge the main robe together: We alternated green and blue squares. Sew 10 squares together to make a row. Then sew the 16 rows together. The seam allowance is about 1/4 inch, less than enough for the serger’s knives to cut excess.
    Serge the red and white border together: Sew 10 squares on the 3 inch sides to make 2 rows of 10 squares. Make also 2 rows of 16 squares. Sew a purple corner on both sides of the 16 square rows. Sew the border rows on to the main robe.
     Serge the pillow cover together: Sew the purple into a square of 14×15. Border it with the 2 inch strips.
     Serge the edges or use a zigzag stitch.

Pillow attachment:
We put the pillow cover on the fuzzy side of the lap robe (the side without the seams) so the final pillow would be smooth.

    Fold the 16″ edge of the pillow in half to locate its center. Mark.
    Fold the 43-44″ edge of the lap robe in half to locate its center. Mark.
    Pin the pillow to the lap robe, matching the centers – fuzzy, seamless side of lap robe to seamed (wrong) side of pillow. Pin with seam allowance folded under if using a straight stitch, without seam allowance folded under if using a zigzag stitch.
    Stitch around three sides of the pillow leaving the side toward the bulk of the lap robe open. Use a zigzag stitch or turn the edges under 1/4 or 1/2″ and sew a straight stitch.
Place the lap robe pillow side down. Fold the lap robe into thirds lengthwise.
    Next, fold the blanket approximately into fourths, folding from the end opposite the pillow. (The forth fold will be tucked into the pillow) Tuck the blanket into the pillow pocket. Or just stuff it in if that works for you!

To fold: 
Place the lap robe pillow side down. Fold the lap robe into thirds lengthwise.

Next, fold the blanket approximately into fourths, folding from the end opposite the pillow. (The forth fold will be tucked into the pillow) Tuck the blanket into the pillow pocket. Or just stuff it in if that works for you!

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