I’ve been using some of my free ‘dark’ time this winter to discover my inner crafter. Often my experiments are chaotic, some catastrophic, but in the process I’ve had lots of laughs (at myself). Like most things life, you’ll never know until you try. Here’s a project that’s super easy. NO SEW FLEECE BLANKETS Requires no powered plug-in dangerously hot gadgets (though they still look like fun).
Can you tell what it is yet? Well, don’t fret. I have posted so many more below with instructions.(hint: it’s a blanket) Read On and Pass It On : (I’m excited to hear who you share your blanket with)
Supplies: NO SEW PROJECT
- Two pieces Fleece 1-1 ½ yards each. Prints or Solids, this is all up to you.
- Scissors (decent sharp pair).
- Ruler or Tape Measure
- Yard Stick or tape (scotch tape or painters tape)
- Scrap paper or cardboard, old cereal box, junk mail
Varies, if you are doing this alone, approx 1 – 1 ½ hrs.
Pick two coordinating fleece fabrics, one can be solid.
- Purchase 1 – 1 ½ yards each of fabric you picked out. (both pieces same length) I only did 1 yard blankets. (either size makes a great lap warmer or car blanket but larger is better for adults and snuggling)
- Pick your fringe size, I suggest 5” (after trying several from 3” – 8”)
- Cut a 5” x 5” piece of cardboard, junk mail or paper. Put square aside for a moment.
- Lay down right side out, lining up both pieces the best you can. Trim off selvage ends (does NOT need to be perfect)
- Place pre-cut Square in corner and cut, then finish cutting remaining corners.
- Line Yard Stick or tape and place from corner to corner on one side.
- Cut (approx) 1” strips stopping at yard stick or tape. (I measured my thumb/ tip to 1st knuckle as my approx 1” mark, I found it easier than the ruler on the T-square)
- Keep cutting all the way around the fleece. (o.k. if strips are ¾” – 1 ½”perfect doesn’t matter here)
- Tie a double knot in strips of all four corners (attaching top and bottom pieces of fleece see above)
- Remove tape or yardstick and continue tying all around.
- The fleece will bunch up a little as you go around. No worries, you can gently
- tug on all sides when you’re done.
Voila!!! I am NO way a crafter and this is pretty awesome stuff! They do sell kits, but I’m told it’s much easier and more economical to pick out your own two pieces and pass on the kit. I’m pretty proud of this project and excited to share with more than the little ones in the family.
Service Project: Make one for you and extra to donate to shelters or someone in need (fleece is super warm)
Added Bonus: BORED kids on vacation = Christmas Break Project!!!!
I made 12 so far in two weekends it was my first time making them. So rewarding to finally do something crafty ! Can’t wait to see the littles all cuddled up in theirs at Christmas.
Inspiration and initial directions came from my friend Melanie. her kids have blankets from hmmm, I think she said 8 years ago and they’re still using them. Super durable and wash tougher than denim! Great bang for your buck!
EXTRA HELP: You can find tons of great videos on Youtube and Pinterest.(search no sew fleece blanket)
Oh yes, you can make matching pillows too, just size down the fabric by measuring your pillow and adding about 12″ for fringe and knots. Would love to see what you’re working on this winter and who you share with.
Coming Soon – Fun with those Old Buttons