While working on my DIY Blanket Bar post, I realized how equally important it is to know how to properly fold a blanket first. It would be a shame to make a blanket bar, only to lay a sloppy-looking blanket across it. So, yesterday as I switched out a full care horse’s blanket, I took some quick pictures to show you the right way, ahem, I mean MY way of folding blankets.
First, if you can, lay the blanket out flat on the ground. As you get faster you can just hold the blanket up to fold it, but I prefer to lay them down in the aisle to fold them, especially with larger blankets. Then, lay the belly straps on the blanket. You don’t want to leave those suckers hanging out all willy-nilly. If you have a blanket with a large belly flap, now would be the time to fold in inward as well.
Next, holding the front chest straps, fold toward the tail of the blanket. Aka, the hamburger fold.
This is where people make the mistake of folding another hamburger toward the tail. For the love of Weatherbeeta! Don’t make another hamburger fold! Making multiple hamburger folds down your blanket will result in a bulky mass of fabric that won’t lay nicely on your blanket bar. Instead, make a horizontal hot dog fold.
Now, tuck that tail flap inside the fold. Nobody wants to see that tail flap.
When you’re done, hang your blanket on your DIY blanket bar! Have you ever seen a tidier blanket in all your life?! Didn’t think so. 😉
Finally, swagger out of the barn with a smug look on your face.