Making Fleece Blankets
But first: Details! There are two kinds of fleece you can buy at Joann Stores…Blizzard Fleece and No pill Fleece. No pill fleece is a bit more expensive (by just a couple dollars) but it will hold it’s softness longer and won’t “bead” up like the cheaper fleece (hence the name No pill fleece!)
Fleece is a bit wider than regular fabric on the bold. So I buy a yard and half to make a good rectangle size. It’s perfect for regular sized adults to cuddle up on the couch with. You could buy a yard and trim off about a foot to make a crib sized quilt. (and I just noticed at Joanns they have EXTRA wide fleece…!) Sharp scissors are a MUST! I love my Fiskars–Fleece is pretty thick so if your scissors are dull it will make a hack job of your fabric! For nice smooth edges make sure they are nice and sharp! (don’t use fabric scissors for anything other than fabric! Mark them and keep them away from your kids!) You will want to cut off the salvage edges before starting! And you can can buy one fleece pattern and just finish the edges. It looks good from front and back…but I love doubling up my fabric. It makes it even more warmer (I’m ALWAYS cold) Nice thick blankets! So I just purchase two fun patterns and match them together!!!
I put together a video of all the different ways to tie a blanket!
Okay! Let’s start the fleece making process—a Tied fleece blanket! This one is pretty universal! Just tying a knot! So I have two pieces of fabric on top of each other and trimmed so all the edges match up. Then I cut 3-4 inch stripes every 1 1/2 inches.
Take a top and a bottom and tie a double knot! It’s just the at easy! My 7 year old and almost 10 year old helped me make it! Super Easy–and since it requires nothing but fabric and scissors you can take this in the car or at a meeting or waiting at the bus stop! The edges are totally funky and fun!
(I forgot to mention that you cut out the corner!
(If you are super anal about cutting strips you can follow this tip)
2. at the top of each strip snip a hole through the top and the bottom
3. Take the top layer and push the bottom layer up through the hole.
4. Take the bottom layer and push it up through the hole (So the zig zag is back on top where it started.
5. You can stop here…but I like to run it through one more time so the front fabric is on the back and the back fabric is on the front! It’s super fun for contrast!
6. That’s it….start again…and again…and again!
My kids helped me do this one too! It’s not tricky (although I’m afraid I made it look like it’s hard!) But once again–No sew! and it looks pretty! When creating these blankets..you can have a little fun and round the edges or cut them into a point
source Taking it one step harder—we are making some yarn fringed fleece blankets next! you need fleece…and yarn to match! (I couldn’t resist this striped yarn! love!) This is the brand HERE 1. snip little notches every 2 inches…or you can do more or less.
2. snip holes above the notch
3.cut you yarn into 7 inch long strips.
4. slip a crochet hook in the hole
5. Add strips of yarn (since it’s thicker yarn I used 3 pieces)
6. Pull through hole
7. Open hole and pull down the ends through the hole
8. tighten. And repeat!
It looks so fun! I love how this on turned out!
And last but not least…scalloped edge This one does require some sewing! but nice straight stitches so it’s great for first timers! Laid out two fabrics and pin together. I sewed around about two inches in. And then took my nice sharp Fiskar scissors and cut a fun scalloped edge!
You can also try this fun Braided edge!
and a braided edge 2.0
Or a bow edge! (cant find a link to this one!) But it looks like they cut a slit every 3 inches and add a little stitch to make the bow effect! so cute!
Or the loop through is another great easy edge idea!
Or just long skinny strips!
(These four blankets I made are being donated to Luke’s Loves! Check it out HERE)