Cosy fleece blankets are a welcome gift for new mothers and an easy craft to make for yourself. These colourful throws need no sewing to put together, so absolute craft novices can successfully make one in a couple of afternoons. Children can make their own fleece blanket as long as they know how to tie a knot. Collect some colourful fleece remnants and you can create a warm and fuzzy addition to your home.
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Things you need
- Fleece fabrics
Cut your fleece fabrics into 10-inch squares. Use two fabrics for a checkerboard look or many different fabrics for a patchwork effect. The number of squares needed depends on how large you want your blanket to be. Each square will finish at 6 inches, so divide 6 inches into the width and length of your desired blanket size to find the total number of squares needed.
Cut out a piece of cardboard 6 inches square. Measure along the edge of the cardboard square and mark every 1/2 inch with the marker. Do this along all four edges of the square.
Lay a fleece square on the table in front of you. Use a ruler to determine a spot 2 inches down from the top edge of the square. Lay the cardboard square on top of the fleece, with the top edge of the cardboard at the 2-inch point that you measured. Measure in from the right edge 2 inches, and line up the right cardboard edge at this point. You now have the cardboard square exactly in the centre of the fleece square.
Place your left hand on top of the cardboard square to steady it. Cut the edge of the fleece, from the edge to the cardboard square, every 1/2 inch. Use the markings on the cardboard as a guide. Cut slices along all four sides of the fleece.
Remove the upper right corner of the 10-inch square, starting at the base of the fringes. Remove the other three corners of the square in the same way. Make sure you leave all of the fringes remaining where they are. You now have a 6-inch fleece square with 2-inch fringes hanging off all four edges. Create fringed squares out of all the other fleece squares you cut out.
Place two fleece squares together, matching up the corners and edges. Many modern fleece fabrics don't have a right side or wrong side, but if yours does, place the wrong sides together.
Tie together the upper edge of the square. Take the first fringe strand from the front fabric and the first strand from the back fabric and tie them in a square knot. Tie the two second strands together the same way. Continue tying pairs of strands until you have tied together the entire edge of the square.
Open up the two squares and lay them out flat on the table. You now have square one and square two tied together. Make sure that all of the fringe pieces are pulled to the top side. Place another fringed square next to square two and hold them together in the same way that you did the first pair. Tie these two squares together, creating a row of three squares. Keep adding squares to the row until it is long enough for your blanket.
Make more rows by tying squares together into the same-size rows as the first. Tie all of the rows together in the same manner as you tied the squares together. Make sure that all of the fringe ends are on top of the blanket. Shake it firmly to fluff up the fringes when you are finished tying the entire blanket.
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