Refashion a Fleece Blanket Into a Cozy Loungewear Set

Made By Deola
by Made By Deola
7 Materials
3 Hours

These days, a lot of us are at home more than ever before. I’ve found that there is nothing better than wearing comfy and cozy clothes to lounge around the house in. I got a cozy fleece blanket from IKEA and I decided to transform it into a very cute loungewear set. Check out this amazing upcycle!

Tools and materials:

  • Fleece
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
Loungewear set

Mark the fabric 

To start off, I folded the fabric over and then measured the length that I wanted which was 18 inches plus an inch for seam allowance. 

Measure 10 inches

I then marked the width of the fabric which was 10 inches including an inch for seam allowance. 

Cute loungewear set

Next, I went ahead and drew a line where I wanted the top of the piece to start. 

Mark an inch downward

From that line, I marked an inch downward. 

Mark inward

I then marked two inches inward from the fold and connected the last two markings I had made with a ruler. 

Mark the shoulder

Next, I marked the shoulder measurement. Mine was 16 inches which I then divided by 2 and marked on the fabric. 

Best loungewear

From that shoulder measurement, I went down 8 inches to mark my armhole. 

Draw a horizontal line

I then took my ruler and drew a horizontal line from the armhole marking. 

Draw a vertical line

I also drew a vertical line from the shoulder mark to the armhole mark. 

Measure the bust

For the bust, I measured along the horizontal line I had drawn, dividing my bust by 4. 

Mark the midpoint

I also marked the midpoint between the shoulder and the armhole. 

Mark from the midpoint

Next, I marked an inch inward from that midpoint. 

Draw the armhole curve

I drew the armhole curve by connecting all the points. 

Draw the neckline

Work on the neckline 

With the armhole ready, I moved on to work on the neckline. I decided to make the neckline 3 inches by 3 inches so that it wouldn’t be too low. Once you have marked the two points, you can then connect the two markings with a curved line. 

Cut the fabric

Cut the fabric 

Finally, I could cut the fabric following my markings. 

Women’s loungewear set

I used the front piece as a pattern to cut out the back pieces. The only difference was that I added an inch to the armhole of the back piece. 

Cut out the sleeves

Once I had the front and back pieces ready, I moved on to the sleeves. I used a pattern for sleeves that I already had to cut out the fabric. 

Sew the bodice

Sew the pieces together 

To put these pieces together, I pinned and sewed the shoulder and side seams together. I decided to leave the neckline as is because this kind of fabric doesn’t really need to be hemmed. 

Sew the sleeves

In this step, I moved on to attaching the sleeves, First I pinned and sewed the sides of each sleeve together. 

Attach the sleeves

I lined up the sleeves and the armholes and started pinning things in place. I then sewed the sleeves onto the bodice and it was complete! 

Comfortable loungewear

Create the shorts

To make the matching shorts for this loungewear set, I used a pair of shorts I already owned. I folded the fabric over twice and placed the shorts on the fabric. I then cut around the shorts adding fabric at the top and bottom because I wanted my new pair to be high-waisted. 

Pin the seams

Once I had the fabric cut out, I pinned and sewed the front seams and bottom part of the crotch seam. 

Match up the crotch seams

I then matched the crotch areas of the two pieces together and pinned and sewed the two pieces together. 

Cut to the desired length

I measured and marked to get the desired length for my new shorts. I cut off the excess fabric that I didn’t need from the top. 

Create a channel

Add a drawstring 

I then folded over the top of the shorts to create a channel for a string to go through because I really wanted to add a drawstring to the shorts. I folded the fabric in by about an inch and a half and sewed all the way around. 

Make two holes

I used a pair of scissors to make two small holes on the center front of the shorts to thread my drawstring through. 

Use a safety pin

I cut a strip of the fabric for the drawstring and attached the safety pin to the end of the strip. I then used the safety pin to help me thread the drawstring through the channel I had created. 

This was such a fun and easy upcycle! I am just obsessed with my new loungewear set! Share your thoughts about this DIY in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Fleece
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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  • Zoe Emiko Zoe Emiko on Aug 29, 2022

    My friend got me started making clothes from throws during the pandemic. I got totally addicted!! It's crazy how many of my clothes are made from throws now. From the scraps I make ear muffs, gloves, slippers, scarves and so on. Now no cute throw is safe from my sewing machine!

  • Bfp28289523 Bfp28289523 on Aug 29, 2022

    It looks to me like a lot of work

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    • Vickie Gomez Vickie Gomez on May 01, 2023

      Uh, wow! That escalated quickly. No judgment there….