I love Moroccan Wedding Blankets. For so long, I’ve pinned living rooms that had them thrown across the couch and bedrooms where they adorned the foot of the bed.
I’m all about the history behind pieces. I want them to have a soul. And these sure do, y’all! I recently learned the whole story behind these beauties and it made me want one even more.
In Morocco, these are called handira. They are woven out of sheeps’ wool, cotton, and linen by the bride’s female relatives. During the making of the blanket, the relatives teach the bride all about married life. And after the wedding, the bride ties the blanket around her neck and takes it to her new home (history paraphrased from here.)
But when that history and soul costs $900, it ain’t gone happen, y’all.
I knew I could get this look for less and I’ll just remember that lovely back-story every time I look at it. I made this blanket for Round 3 of Creating with the Stars and am so excited to share the tutorial here with you all!
I had seen a lot of variations, but all of them usually have the strips of shag. Inspiration struck one day when I saw a cheap, shag bathmat. And that was all she wrote!
Here are a few more details about materials:
Throw - You need to start with a throw as your base. This throw was an old one that had just been sitting in the house for years. It really wanted one that already had fringe trim around the outside since many of the blankets I’d seen have fringe. Plus, I just love fringe.
Glue - Yes, this blanket was completely glued together. We used fabric glue. I don’t think regular glue would hold as well.
Sequin Trim - My first thought was that I was going to have to glue on tiny sequins by hand. That wasn’t very exciting. Thankfully, I found sequin trim, which made this process really easy! Any craft store should have it.
Shag Bathmat - Here is where you can really customize your blanket. You definitely want shag so that there is some texture standing up off of the blanket, but the pile is up to you! I found one that had stripes of different shags, which I loved because it provided more variety and texture in the blanket.
Make sure to buy your throw first (or measure an old one that you have at home), so that you can calculate how many bath mats it will take to fully cover it in strips. For my throw, it took three bath mats.
Once you have your materials, get crafting!
Step 1: Cut Your Strips
You don’t just want to start cutting on this part. I realized this the hard way.
Depending on your mat, when you just start cutting, some of the shag falls out. Since mine had different textures, I realized that I could separate the pile between stripes where I could cut directly on the mat. This way, I didn’t lose fibers when I cut.
Step 2: Place Your Strips on Throw
You can really customize the look of your blanket here. My throw had rows of hearts. Do you see them in the picture above? That wasn’t the feel I was going for, so I decided to cover each row of hearts with a strip. This meant that my strips were close together, which I loved because it provides more texture.
My bathmat was 1.5′ wide, so each strip was only 1.5′ long. I needed my strips to run the entire length of the throw, so for mine, 2.5 strips filled up the entire throw. I laid them end to end and with the shag, you don’t even notice the seams between them.
Once you have your plan for where to place your strips, get to gluing!
Step 3: Glue Strips Down
This part takes time, but is really easy. Run glue along the sides. Press firmly onto the blanket and hold in place for a minute.
Be careful as you’re starting to glue other rows not to knock ones you’ve already glued down. It takes a bit for them to set.
Step 4: Add the Sequins!
This is the fun part! You can really customize your blanket with choosing different sequin patterns for each row.
I chose to do different patterns on mine. I laid the strips out first and decided on my pattern. Then, I carefully ran glue onto the trim and pressed it into place.
I’m loving my finished blanket! It adds so much texture to the room.
I know some of y’all have asked about the remaining tutorials from CWTS. I promise they are coming, y’all! The broken SD card was a little hiccup along the way, but I’m recovering and fitting them in.
I’m counting down the days until I can do this full-time and have posts at least every day! Finishing up school and maintaining the blog has proven so much more difficult than I expected. But, 11 school days and counting! I can’t wait to really give The White Buffalo my all. Thanks for all of your encouragement, patience, and love along this journey!
I’m over on Makely Home today sharing how I created this neon paint splatter pillow in two steps using a single can of spray paint.