When I first saw the Slanket about 3 or 4 years ago, I thought it was great. I am often freezing and wrapped in a blanket and it’s annoying to pull my arms out to type. Therefore a blanket with sleeves seemed perfect. Perfect, that is, until I looked at the price. At the time, Slankets went for $60 each. (Now they are around $45.) That’s still a lot for a fleece blanket with sleeves.
Now I learn about the Snuggie, which is the same thing but much cheaper–$28 each, including shipping. That’s a lot more reasonable. Still. Fleece is pretty cheap in the fabric store. Is it worth it to buy a Snuggie? Especially since there are patterns out there for making your own?
According to the pattern, a Slanket/Snuggie takes 3 yards of fleece at 60 inches wide. I just called my local fabric store and they told me they are selling fleece for $3.99 a yard. That means my Slanket would cost $12 when finished, saving about $16. It would also take about an hour of my time.
Personally, that’s not enough savings to make me go to the trouble. (I really don’t enjoy sewing.) However, there’s always the fabric store clearance rack. If I could find fleece for cheaper–say $1 a yard–then we’re really talking savings here. It also seems likely that I could find fleece for that price since I don’t care what the Slanket would look like. So I’ll have to keep my eyes open.