Hi guys, something exciting on the blog today, my first DIY post! As you may or may not know, I enjoy crafting and working with my hands from time to time. Our new home has been an excellent excuse to do so, and while we’re making a lot of progress on the renovation front, I felt that there were too little fabrics in our home. Currently on a budget, I decided to look for some cheap solutions for pillows, rugs and throws.
Meanwhile, Pinterest sparked my love for Handiras, or Moroccan Wedding Blankets, being all picture perfect in cosy bohemian interiors around the world. A little research ensued, and I ended up finding this and this amazing DIY post on the matter. I followed The White Buffalo Styling Company’s guidelines pretty closely, so I’m going to refer you to Lindsay’s post for a step by step guide.
Just a few pointers from me for this DIY:
– Old throw: I ended up using an old cotton mat from my childhood. You should see the other side of this, it’s a brightly coloured affair. Seeing as I’m such a nostalgic person, I loved the fact that I could upcycle something from my childhood and keep it in a constructive way (in stead of just hoarding it in the basement). My rug was 90 cm x 160 cm and quite sturdy and thick, which I think is something you should look for because the strips of bath mat add quite a lot of weight.
– Bath mats: I used 3 maths of 40 cm x 60 cm. Make sure you cut in between the shaggy rows to lose as little fabric as possible.
– Sequin Trim: The only thing that would have made my blanket prettier in my opinion, was if I would have found dulled sequins in stead of shiny ones. However, the silver ones (from Veritas) look pretty great too. I got 8 m of sequins and it was perfect for what I wanted to do.
– Fabric glue: I bought waaay too little glue! I recommend you buy 3 tubes for a blanket this size. The glue I used is from Veritas.
– General: Play around with the width of the pieces of shaggy fabric and get inspired by all the images that are out there. I wanted mine to be quite minimal so I didn’t do anything to crazy with the sequins. I did use them to hide the seams on the bath mats (those are the smaller vertical strips). I recommend you make your entire layout before you glue anything down, that way you can try to play around with the proportions and placing.
So, there you have it! The project took me about half a day, and I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m sure you’ll see the blanket popping up from time to time on the blog as it makes for an excellent rug and throw. If you have any more questions, shoot! Can’t wait to start the next one!