Modern Takes on 12 Days of Christmas Gifts - Six Geese-a-Laying Quilted Blanket

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

I was assigned Six Geese-a-laying and asked to come up with a modern Christmas gift inspired by the geese.

Let's be honest: this blanket will be more appreciated than live geese for approximately 99.99% of gift recipients.

(I hear they poop on everything!)

My goose comforter matches a modern farmhouse style aesthetic and costs less than $30 to make with a repurposed blanket or thrifted throw.

To save the most money on supplies shop your house first to see if you have any blankets dying for an upgrade or any bow ties that aren't being worn anymore.

Fresh out of quilts or bow ties? Pop into your local thrift store to find something that will work at a reasonable price (and also still keep things out of the waste stream).

Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts Craft Tutorial:
How to Make a Goose Applique Throw Blanket

A modern, fun twist on the 12 Days of Christmas' six geese-a-laying.


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**For best results, wash, dry and iron your cotton fabric before using it to make this project.


Goose Applique Blanket Step 1: 

Cut one sheet of printable double stick fusible web to 8.5 x 11 inches. You can use a regular piece of printer paper as a template.

Find a goose silhouette clip art image you like.

Insert the image into your favorite desktop publishing program and enlarge it be almost the same size as the paper (fitting it within the margins, of course). Once it is the size you would like, flip it to be a mirror image.

Following the instructions on the package your double stick fusible web came in, print the mirror image goose onto the grid side of the sheet that you just trimmed to be 8.5 x 11 inches.

No printer? Try pulling up an image of a goose silhouette on your computer or tablet and use a pen to trace it onto the fusible web sheet instead.

Goose Applique Blanket Step 2: 

Peel away the white backing (the side you did not print or draw on).

Flip the sheet over and press it tacky side down onto your black cotton fabric. Smooth it out well with your hands. Lightly run a barely-warm iron over the goose transfer and fabric.

Goose Applique Blanket Step 3: 

Use your scissors to cut out the goose. You will be cutting through three layers - the grid paper with the goose, the webbing and the fabric.

Goose Applique Blanket Step 4: 

To transfer the goose to your quilted throw, peel away the grid paper to expose the fusible webbing.

Place your goose applique webbing-side-down onto a corner of the quilt.

Using your iron pre-heated to the "cotton" setting (or the maximum setting your quilt can handle), press down and iron over your goose for at least 20 seconds in all areas. This will permanently adhere your goose to your throw.

Now that your goose applique is ironed on, your goose will now LAY there permanently. Get it? Your goose is laying...on your blanket. 😂😂😂 (ahem)

Goose Applique Blanket Step  5: 

Dress your goose up for Christmas by adding a handsome bow tie. This is a great way to use a bow tie your kids may have outgrown.

If sewing is not for you, you can use a high heat glue gun to adhere your bow tie to your goose.

If you know how to use a needle and thread, that's the best way to attach the bow tie. Go ahead and stitch or glue it on now.

That's it!
Now just add some festive throw pillows to your couch along with your new goose applique quilted throw blanket and you'll be festive and ready to roll!

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Don't forget to check out the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® from PNC  for more information about the cost of Christmas and to find the other 11 Christmas crafts you can make to save money and have happier gift recipients.

About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and delicious! She is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018). 

Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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  1. What a beautiful gift idea!! I love the little bow tie detail!

  2. Ok, this is SUPER cute! I always think of goose decor as the mauve and country blue geese from the 80s and 90s, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a goose decoration that wasn't 90s! Love the little bowtie, too!

  3. That little bow tie is TOO cute! I love that various birds are coming back in a modern way!


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