How to Make Gift Baskets Using a Fleece Blanket

Dana Hinders
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How to Make a Fleece Blanket

A handmade blanket makes for a lovely gift on its own, but learning how to make gift baskets using a fleece blanket can transform your present into something very memorable.

Making a Fleece Blanket

Obviously, before you can learn how to make gift baskets using a fleece blanket, you'll need to first create the blanket itself. Fleece is a very easy fabric to work with, since it does not fray when cut. Sewing a blanket requires only minimal skills, but you can also take the no-sew approach and tie together a fringed fleece blanket if you wish. Review the LoveToKnow Crafts article How to Make a Fleece Blanket for details.

How to Make Gift Baskets Using a Fleece Blanket

Once you've got your blanket ready to go, it's time to create a gift basket. If this is the first time you've tried to make your own gift basket, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Look for containers to use for your gift basket at your local thrift shop. Most thrift shops have a large assortment of bowls and baskets that could be repurposed for making a special gift.
  • Check out your local dollar store for small filler items for your gift basket, such as cheap candy or scented candles.
  • When making a basket with a fleece blanket, save money by using the blanket as your basic basket filler instead of purchasing tissue paper or other materials for lining your basket.
  • If you're worried about items falling out of your gift basket as it's being transported, wrap it in cellophane and tie it shut with a ribbon bow.

As you're making your gift basket, remember that the best gift baskets are those which have a specific theme that ties all of the items together. Choose a theme that represents the interests of the recipient, whether you're giving a gift to a movie buff or searching for a romantic present for a newly married couple.

Movie Night Gift Basket

Everyone loves movie night! Treat your favorite film fanatic to a basket that includes everything she'll need to enjoy a relaxing night at home with her favorite flick. Pick up a large popcorn bowl, then fill it with your fleece blanket and a few of the following movie-themed items:

  • Microwave popcorn
  • Popcorn seasoning
  • Movie candy such as Milk Duds or chocolate covered raisins
  • Two-liter bottle of soda
  • DVD or gift certificate for a movie rental at the local video store

Picnic Gift Basket

There's nothing more romantic than an old-fashioned picnic, which makes this gift basket a great idea for a newly married couple or a pair celebrating a special anniversary. A picnic gift basket would also be a great Valentine gift basket idea. Pick up a pretty wicker picnic basket, line it with your handmade fleece blanket, and add a few of the following special treats:

  • Bottle of wine or sparking cider
  • Assortment of meat, cheese, and crackers
  • Grapes, apples, oranges, or other fresh fruit
  • Picnic dishes

Tailgating Gift Basket

Sports fans will be thrilled to receive a fleece blanket that's part of a tailgating themed gift basket. Fill a cooler with a blanket and some of the following items:

  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Summer sausage
  • Beef jerky
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Chex mix
  • Beer
  • Football
  • Foam finger
  • Hat or other souvenir representing the recipient's favorite team

Bookworm Bliss Gift Basket

If you know someone who loves nothing more than to curl up in bed with a good book, treat her to a gift basket that features a soft fleece blanket and some of the following items:

  • Romance novel or chick-lit book
  • Pretty bookmark
  • Box of chocolates
  • Small notebook and pen
  • Scented candle
  • Pillow
  • Tissues, in case she gets a little weepy from her reading

Homemade fleece blankets can add an extra touch of coziness to any gift basket, and they're a perfect way to give a crafty gift to friends and family.

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