Tuesday, February 02, 2010

It's a Wrap!


This is my wonderful red plaid down filled really warm I love it more than my luggage blanket that I want to take with me to Rome. 

This blanket has been to Ireland and the Isle of Man but I had trouble keeping it as compact as possible when not in use. 


You see when I roll up the blanket and press out as much of the air as possible, it starts to fill itself right back up again.  The ends of the blanket are unruly and don't tuck into anything real well, so I came up with a plan.



That plan involved  Velcro and canvas.  Thankfully I found a little remnant of canvas for $2.89, so it was pretty inexpensive, too.


I measured out the length that would roll up with the blanket and keep those ends neatly tucked in place and then added a few more inches so there was wiggle room in case I didn't get the blanket rolled up exactly this tight or loose each time.  Then I ironed on the Velcro (according to manufacturers directions) and then tried out the blanket wrap to see if it actually worked.


...and we're rolling.



It's a wrap!

I'm so excited!!  It's exactly what I wanted. 

Now I'm going to do the same thing with my pillow.  I can't decide if I'm going to take the pillow this time, but I've wanted a wrap for it at other times, so I'm just going to make it while I've got everything already out and ready to go.

I hope you have a great day!
Kristin

10 comments:

jb said...

OMG! You should get a patent on that pronto! You will be a gazillionaire! So many travelers want to bring their own blankets and pillows with them...think about larger versions for sleeping bags and comforters...endless....

Ruth Ann said...

Awesome! Look at you! Rock your crafty self! lol
Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

Loria said...

i love it ... extremely creative.

jennifer said...

Now Kristin, THAT was clever. I am impressed with how compact you made your blanket. I bet it would work on Alabama Snuggees too :)

Ann said...

Add my admiration to that of those before me. That is a great idea and very nicely executed, too! I can't wait to copy it!!!

Ann in the UP

Tricia said...

Okay. That, my friend is genius! Seriously.

Just Breathe said...

Very creative. I have seen people pack with those bags that you push all the air out of. They are great for oversea trips.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

This is so clever. You ought to market it!

Unknown Mami said...

Wow, I'm impressed.

Denise said...

you are TOOOO talented!