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Buy Outdoor Blankets for Picnic, Beach and Boat

When shopping for an outdoor blanket, here’s a few tips to consider:

  • Light weight blankets are easy to carry
  • Stain and mildew resistance is key
  • Look for a durable blanket; preferably machine wash, that will stand the test of time
  • Outdoor blankets are exposed to harsher elements, so blanket construction and quality is important

Here’s ten great blankets for the great outdoors. Happy Summer.

-The American Blanket Company

American Flag Picnic Throw: Pottery Barn

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Americana. Sweet looking picnic throw. Looks perfect for summer. 50x75” flag pattern throw. Made of a linen and cotton blend (55% Linen, 45% cotton). Machine wash. Imported. $69. Free Shipping.

Ants Picnic Blanket: Crate & Barrel

imageIf you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Cute picnic throw blanket. Traditional red and white gingham pattern with ant design. 60x60” PVC coated cotton. Spot clean only. Made in India. $39.95.

Beach Blanket: Steven Alan

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Cute, reasonably priced beach blankets by New York designer Steven Alan. 60x84”, white with stripes, woven linen. Hand-wash in cold water.  $48.

In2Green: Eco Lobster Picnic Blanket

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Fun picnic blanket with new England look: Navy or silver pattern with red lobsters. Knit in the USA from a blend of recycled cotton yarn, polyester and other blanket fibers. Measures 50x60”. Machine wash. $165.

Insect Shield Outdoor Blanket: Insect Shield

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Not the coziest looking blanket, but we like the idea of keeping ticks and critters at bay when we’re outdoors. This could be a good blanket for camping in the woods or as a beach blanket where ticks or other bugs can be a concern. The company claims the blanket repels ticks, fleas, flies and mosquitoes and can be used by the entire family with no restrictions for use. 56x74” 100% polyester blanket.

The Lumberlander Camp Blanket: Best Made Company

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Woven with domestic wool and some cotton, the Lumberlander Camp Blanket just looks like it’d be a cool edition to any camp or cottage setting. This rugged looking wool blanket measures 72x66”. This one looks like an old fashioned cowboy blanket. Dry clean only. Made in the USA. $184. Woven exclusively for Best Made, by Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Parasheet Beach and Picnic Blanket: Grand Trunk Goods

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Super cool parachute style blanket made from 100% nylon. Sheds sand and dries quickly. Drop your flops into the four corner pockets or fill them with sand to keep the blanket from blowing away. Built in stuff sack for quick fold up and stow. Reasonably priced at $39.99.

Peaceful Touch Fleece Blanket: American Blanket Company

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Ultra soft, light-weight fleece blankets make great outdoor blankets. Take one to the beach and keep one on board for cool weather boating. Personalize the blanket with your boat name. Made of 288 filament yarn, mildew and stain resistant fleece. Never sheds or pills. Machine wash, outdoor blankets made in the USA and guaranteed for life. Oversize throws: $29; Blankets: $39.

Rumpl Blanket: Rumpl

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The Rumpl is a gear-style blanket: Part sleeping bag, part down filled outdoor jacket. Made with premium 20D rip-stop nylon with a DWR shield. The shield makes the blanket stain resistant. The fill is synthetic down, so you can wash and dry it at home. Colors include Deep Water, Fog and Seafoam. Twin, queen, king and throw size (50x70) available. The blanket sizes come with a cotton carry bag and the throw, in a small nylon stuff sack. $95 - $229. Made in Taiwan.

Waterproof Outdoor Blanket: LL Bean

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We’re New Englanders and we love Bean. One side of this blanket is super soft fleece and the other is polyurethane-coated nylon that keeps moisture at bay. Machine wash and dry. 72x58”. Includes handy stuff sack. 4 colors. Use for beach, boat or keep one as an emergency blanket in your car. Imported. $45.95.

Top Ten Best Summer Blankets Guide 2014

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Well, summer is finally here, and customers are asking us our thoughts on the best summer blankets for sleeping and decorating. There’s lots of great fabrics: Satin, silk, cotton, light-weight fleece and light wool weaves can make a great summer blanket. These favorites are a mix of blankets made in the USA, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. Here’s a list of some of our favorite blankets for summer—in alphabetical order.

American Blanket Company: Luster Loft Fleece Blanket

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We like to think it’s the softest summer blanket in the world. Light weight fleece is soft and cool and the 288 filament yarns let air comfortably travel through the blanket and naturally wick moisture. Popular summer blanket colors are: Cotton Ball, Sea Mist Green and Buxton Blue. After a day at the beach or out on the boat, there’s nothing more soothing than a nap under a soft and cool Luster Loft fleece blanket or throw. Available twin, full, queen, king, California king and oversize throw blanket. Machine wash. Made in the USA. Guaranteed for life. Starts at $59.

Brahms Mount: Chambray Linen Blanket

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The Chambray Linen Blanket is absolutely gorgeous in two summertime colors: light indigo and bisque. A flat, plain weave linen blanket with a classic look and soft comfort that develops character and increased softness over time. A cool, comfortable blanket for hot and humid summer nights. We visited their shop this spring: The operation is beautiful and attention to quality, art and craft, exquisite. We also like that it’s made in the USA. Twin, full, queen, king. Machine wash. Starts at $398. 

Company Store: Coyuchi Cozy Cotton Throw

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The Coyuchi Cotton throws caught our eye for their unique colors, textures and patterns. Organic cotton and chenille in three classic color combinations: Charcoal/Ivory, Deep Ocean and Ivory and Ivory and White. Or reversible for just ivory color. Light-weight warmth for summertime use. 60x47” throw. Made in Germany. Machine wash. $234.

Garnet Hill: Eileen Fisher Seasonless Silk Comforter and Throw

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A pure silk comforter or throw for cool, summertime use. Charmeuse silk exterior and light and soft as air silk filling. Silk is a temperature regulating fiber (and for a little trivia, an animal fiber: the silkworm). Cool summer colors: lemongrass, oyster gray and soft white. Double, queen, king and throw. Starts at $298. 

LL Bean: Soft Cotton Twill Blanket

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Our list wouldn’t be complete without some classic, soft cotton twill blankets from LL Bean. Reasonably priced and guaranteed for many years of enjoyment. We’ve been Bean customers all our lives and have always been impressed by their product quality, deep, New England brand history and industry-leading product guarantee. Our favorite colors are the blue grass and sea salt blankets. 100% cotton twill is the perfect weight and warmth for summer. Twin, full, queen, king. Made in the USA. Machine wash. Starts at $79.

Matouk: Dream Modal  

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Yes, gorgeous. Unbelievable softness from this 70% modal and 30% breathable cotton blanket. Woven in Switzerland. Very pretty blankets in solid colors of champagne, charcoal, oyster and silver. Dry clean, hand wash or machine wash gentle. Twin, full, queen and king. Starts at $439. 

Pine Cone Hill: Montego Stripe Melon Chenille Blanket 

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Color. Color. And more color. We loved the lines and color of this summertime blanket. Cheery, uplifting hues will wake up any bedroom. Soft, cotton chenille. Matching, decorative throws and pillows available also. Twin, full/queen, king. 100% cotton. Professional cleaning recommended. Starts at $175. 

Serena & Lilly: Pickstitch Matelasse Coverlet

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Part lightweight decorative quilt and bed cover, part soft, summer blanket. We like this blanket for the natural textures. Would look great made, or as a fold at the foot of any bed. 95% cotton, 5% acrylic. Twin, full/queen, King/Cal King. Made in Portugal. Starting at $230. 

Sferra: Kingston 

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A classic waffle pattern weave in a handful of bright and soft summertime colors: Blue, butter, ivory, mushroom, pink, white and willow. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton. Made in Portugal. Twin, full, queen, king. Extra large sizes are preshrunk and offer a generous fit. Machine wash. Starts at $180. 

West Elm: Hand Loomed Silk Throw

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These throws are hand-loomed by Craftmark certified artisans. 100% silk. Made in India. 50x60” throw. Unique look and patters. Colors include slate, horseradish and blue teal. Dry clean only. Was $99, but on sale at the time of this post for just $29! There’s also some pretty neat content and stories about how West Elm is collaborating with artisan groups in over a dozen countries, making long-term commitments of 3 to 5 years to each of these manufacturers. That sounds cool to us. Learn more at the Handcrafted section of the West Elm site

Summer Blankets; Our top 10 criteria to look for when shopping for a summer blanket or throw.

As we put this years long harsh winter behind us we are brought to the thought of a potential new blanket for the summer months. Following is American Blanket Companies top 10 criteria behind the perfect summer blanket.

  1. A blanket that is oversized and can accommodate four when having a picnic. (50”x 70” works but we prefer a 50”x 80”)
  2. A blanket that dries quickly and can wick away moisture.
  3. A blanket that is warm even if it gets wet, (evening boat cruises, or a misty game day)
  4. A blanket that never sheds or pills. (keep your clothes free of lint and also your car seats)
  5. A blanket for your bare skin, soft to the touch when laying on the beach.
  6. A blanket that is easy care, it can be washed and dried after being exposed to the outdoor elements.
  7. A blanket that will not mold or mildew and can be left in the car for months at a time.
  8. A blanket that is compact and warm and can be transported in a tote or backpack.
  9. A blanket that gives you comfort after a long work day and takes you to a place of relaxation.
  10. A blanket that is guaranteed for life, and Made in the USA.

 Each polyester blanket at American Blanket fits the above criteria. See how good they make you feel.

(Source: americanblanketcompany.com)

Luster Loft Fleece Blanket Review & Blanket Giveaway

Thanks, Mail Carrier says: The Softest Blanket Ever Made: American Blanket Company Luster Loft Fleece Blanket.

See the review and enter the giveaway here.

Thanks for the review and support! 

"As soft as a child’s stuffed toy!" says Still Blonde After All These Years

Thank you for all of the kind words Still Blonde. 

From the post: “Here’s what I love about the Luster Loft Fleece! Imagine that stuffed toy that your baby has/had. You know the one…so soft that you stroke it softly when no one is looking. THAT IS JUST HOW THIS BLANKET FEELS! I swear it’s the softest thing in my house! I also love that this blanket is American made by American workers.”

Check out the Luster Loft blanket review and enter to win here.

Blanket Review: Warm and Soft Blanket

We LOVE it—is very soft and is very warm—we are in a cold snap right now—temps below zero—and are sleeping very warm and comfortably with this blanket.  Thank you-American made—American quality.

Read more blanket reviews and see Luster Loft Blankets.

Throw Blanket Review: Non Shedding

Ok, so I thought 50 bucks was a lot to pay for a “throw” on the sofa, but I had just purchased one for $20 and threw it away after I washed it because it was shedding EVERYWHERE! Stupidly, I bought a different kind (or so I thought) for $30. Same thing! It got ALL OVER my black slacks and I threw it away. Hence the reason I googled “soft blanket that won’t shed” I received the blanket in a beautiful box, wrapped in ribbon and the blanket was in tissue paper. It felt special already! LOL It is suuuuper soft and because I have puppies, I’ve already had to wash it. NO SHEDDING! Yaaaay! So I will (for sure) be ordering more for myself and family members. I’ll bet babies and little children would love them! They are soooo soft. I also love that that are made in the USA! Win win!! Thanks so much!!

See all Luster Loft Throw reviews

Warm Blankets: Which fleece blanket is the warmest?

Customers often ask which fleece blanket is our warmest. Tough to say; we like to think of them all as a warm blanket. But, if I were pressed and had to pick one of them to take out into the wild or one that I’d keep in my car for an emergency blanket, I’d probably choose the Peaceful Touch fleece blanket.

This soft blanket happens to also have one of the highest warmth to weight ratios in market today, making it an extremely warm blanket.

If you’re looking for a warm blanket that’s softer than wool and warmer than a cotton blanket, try this blanket.

Check out the Peaceful Touch Blanket here.

Personalized Blankets: Blankets, throws and baby blankets

Personalized blankets are the difference between a simple, beautiful blanket and a life-long keepsake.

All American Blankets’ fleece blankets, throw blankets and baby blankets are avaialble as personalized blankets. We embroider our blankets right here in our shop in Fall River Massachusetts. The process adds just $10.00 to the order and a few extra days to ship, but the extra care is worth the wait to create a blanket that’s truly yours. 

Learn more about American Blanket Company’s Personalized blankets here.  

Soft Blanket: What makes a blanket a soft blanket?

Soft blankets are our business.  

Soft blankets require soft blanket materials
American Blankets’ soft blankets start with the quality of the materials we use to make our blankets. We use only the finest polyester yarns (288 filament) and softest fabrics available in the world today. These fine micro-denier fibers create ultra soft, warm and durable materials.

Brushing and shearing ensures your blanket won’t shed.
Our blankets are brushed and sheared on both the face and the back of each blanket 6 times to achieve a smooth, non-pilling finish. These steps are what differentiate us from our fleece blanket competition. It takes more time and attention, but it is the only way we know our blankets will be the softest and highest quality blankets available today.

Softer, more durable stitching
Our stitching process is done using a multi-needle top and bottom cover stitch machine. This machine uses 5 cones of thread and creates an added level of durability while providing a nice decorative stitch around the hem of the blanket. We prefer to use a self-fabric hem as apposed to satin binding. Satin binding tends to break down and fray after multiple washings. Our fabrics are much more durable than the satin binding and prolongs the life of our blankets.

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