Since the edges of polar fleece do not fray or unravel when cut it, you can make a simple, no-sew fleece blanket by cutting the fabric to the desired size. The more popular, no-sew polar fleece blanket, however, requires two equal sizes of fleece that are tied together to make a fringed blanket. Still easy to make, this blanket requires cutting slits into both pieces of fleece, then tying them together. Use school colours for the perfect game night blanket or choose fleece featuring a favourite licensed character for a child.
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Things you need
- 2 panels of polar fleece
- Piece of paper
- 2-4 straight pins
Smooth out both pieces of fleece on a solid area, like the floor or a table. The wrong sides of the fleece should be together. Be certain to line up the edges of both pieces of fleece.
Cut the selvedges off the fleece if they are present. Selvedges are the edges of fabric that are printed with manufacturer's information.
Check again to be certain that the edges of the two pieces of fleece are lined up. If the edges are slightly off or a little crooked, it will not affect the outcome.
Use the pencil and ruler to draw a 4-inch by 4-inch square on the piece of paper. Cut out the square.
Lay the square on the top layer of fleece and pin it to the fleece in one corner, making sure to catch both layers of fleece with the pins. Two to four pins should suffice.
Cut around the paper square leaving an "L" shape cut out of the corner. Repeat with the remaining three corners.
Line up the edge of the ruler facing you with the inside corner of the cutout.
Snip the two layers of fleece with scissors every 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches. Use the ruler to gauge where to make the cuts as well as where to stop them. Do this all the way around the fleece pieces until all four edges are snipped.
Begin at one corner and tie the top fleece panel to the bottom one. No fancy knot is needed. Simply make an overhand tie, followed by another to make the knot.
Continue tying matching tabs all the way around the fleece. Once the last tabs have been knotted, the no-sew blanket is complete.
Make a Tied Fleece Blanket
Tips and warnings
- Most fleece is 54 inches to 60 inches wide. You can make the blankets as long as you choose. Be sure to cut both fleece panels the same size. If you plan to embroider a name on the blanket, do so before tying it completely. This will eliminate stitches on the back side and will keep the blanket totally reversible. Use the same fleece or coordinating ones; either way is fine. If you have a rotary cutter, try using it in place of scissors to save on hand pain. Children who know how to tie can help make this blanket.
- If working on a carpeted floor, be sure not to pin or cut into the carpet. If using a rotary cutter, always cut away from you.
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