Tuesday, January 29, 2013

No sew fleece blanket

 Today I decided to make a no sew fleece blanket for my grandson, Jak.  I'd bought the fabric way before Thanksgiving and had intended to have this done by Christmas but health and unexpected events stalled this project.  So when Jak asked if we could do projects again today the blanket came to mind.  I had thought that perhaps he'd be able to help me tie the edges once they were cut but he nodded off to sleep for a nap before I had the fleece completely cut.  This blanket is so forgiving.  Actually there is very little that you have to do exactly.  If you do a search on Pinterest  or other craft sites for fleece blanket you'll get several different versions you can choose from.
  Once you've chosen your 2 pieces of fleece make sure you wash and dry per manufacturers suggestions.  Then you need to lay out your fabric and cut it to whatever size you wish. The blanket I made is a nice size for a twin bed or lounging on the sofa.  Pin the two sections of fabric wrong sides together with pattern side facing out. On each of the four corners I cut out a 4x4 inch section.
This makes the corners tie easily and look neater without an odd chunk at the corner.  Next step is cutting 1.5 inch slices into the fabric to make fabric fringe.  One slice of each color equals the pair.
All you do next is tie each of the pairs of fringe into a square knot all the way around the blanket.  This seals the blanket just as well as if you've sewn the edges.  Here you can see the completed blanket.  I should have taken a picture of the big smile my grandson had on his face when he woke up from his nap and saw his new blanket was completed.  This really is a fast project even for a blanket of this size.  A couple hours of your time and you'll be rewarded with a smile, big hug and kiss from the little sweetie in your life.  Don't limit this blanket to children.  There are so many colors and patterns of fleece these days everyone in the family can have a fleece blanket to keep them warm and snuggly made with love.  Enjoy!

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