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Reading Blanket

It’s Finally California Cold

Here’s in Southern CA it was hot through October. Hot as in shorts weather with temperatures in 80/90s in the days. Finally in November we’re getting some cooler weather. Nights have been particularly cold here, dropping into the mid-low 40s. In the day time I’m bundled up. At night I can’t sleep with long sleeves or pants because my clothes will strangle me from my constant turning. Instead I hide under 3 layers of blankets. The problem is the time that I’m reading in bed. My bare arms are totally exposed to the cold. 🙁

Reading with Exposed Arms

The Reading Blanket is Invented

I have a sleeved blanket but the length just adds a 4th layer and I get too hot. I thought to myself if only there was a short version that only cover the exposed limbs. Yup, you guessed it. I sewed up this little idea. Couldn’t resist the donut print fleece.

Reading with Arms Covered

But wait! There’s more!! I improved on it by adding a thumb hole so that the sleeve doesn’t slide down your arm if you’re laying flat.

Reading Blanket with Thumb Hole

I tested several different methods and this one was the best. It’s secure and doesn’t add too much bulk that would make it difficult to hold a book or restrict your fingers for page turning. The problem is that the sleeves are pretty wide and lets a cold air in. I simply close up the open space and the fleece clings to itself a bit and keeps it close. Maybe on my next version I’ll taper in the sleeves at the cuff.

The last surprise benefit is that this reading blanket can be used right side up or upside down. If you can get both arms in you’re good to go. I had planned on adding a pocket in the middle for a small book or reader but that would make it one-directional. I do have a pocket design that can be used right side up or upside down but I haven’t experimented with it yet. And I’m also concerned that I’ll wash the reading blanket with a book or reader in the pocket. That would be a disaster.

Reading Blanket

Let me know in the comments if anyone is interested in a tutorial on how to make one. If I get at least 10 votes for a tutorial I’ll write it up.

Link to my Pattern Review.

Edited to add link to the tutorial.

Happy sewing reading,

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19 Responses to Reading Blanket

  1. Midge says:

    Such a clever idea! Please do the tutorial! Or maybe I can just hire you to make one as a gift for our great mail carrier! LOL! 🙂

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  3. That is a clever idea!

  4. deb says:

    Yes! Would love a tutorial, this is so clever!

  5. Accordion3 says:

    Hi there – this would be good for people who are stuck in bed for long periods – like hospice’s, long term nuero rehab and nursing homes.
    I’d like a tutorial too!

  6. Caroline says:

    This seems like the ultimate holiday gift! And we will have to shoot your parody As Seen on TV ad once I get back!

  7. Junie says:

    A “yes” vote on the tutorial, please…from a fellow Southern Californian.

  8. Sew focused says:

    I would love a tutorial. I thank you in advance as I also am shivering in southern Cali. Hope you get your ten requests.

  9. Lodi Srygley says:

    As somebody said, “necessity is the mother of invention”! I’d love to see a tutorial. Did you use the burrito method for the sleeve cuffs? Do you have any tips for sewing with fleece? It’s pretty bulky.

    • Thanks Lodi. That’s vote #2.

      No I didn’t burrito the sleeve cuff. I’m not sure that it’s possible. You can sew right sides together fold the cuff in half with the seam allowance folded under and stitch in the ditch for a cleaner finish. I folded the cuff in half, sewed right sides together in a round.

  10. Karen says:

    I love the idea. I just use a fleece jacket, backwards, when reading in bed. If I get hot, it is easy to remove but your thumb hole is brilliant. I would love a tutorial.

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