Fleece blankets are warm and toasty to curl up with on cool winter evenings and they make welcome gifts for just about everyone on your list. Even if you don't have any sewing talent at all, you can make a patchwork fleece blanket. While patchworking is most commonly used for quilts, it works well for fleece blankets, too.
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Things you need
- 4 yards of fleece (varying shades and patterns)
- Measuring tape
- 6-inch square of cardboard
Cut off any selvedge edges from your fleece, then cut it into 8-inch squares.
Center a 6-inch square of cardboard in the middle of a square of fleece. Trace around the cardboard using a pencil just enough so you can see the marks. Repeat this process with all of the fabric squares.
Fringe all four edges of each fleece square by cutting from the edges of the squares to the pencil marks in the centre. Cut the fringes 2 inches wide, creating four fringes on each side.
Set two of the squares, of differing fabric styles, side by side with the wrong sides up. Lift up the fringes and butt the uncut centre of the squares right up against each other.
Tie the opposite fringes together so you have four knots holding the two squares together.
Add another square of a differing fabric style to one of the ends. Keep adding squares until you have a row of 10 squares tied together.
Make another row in the same way. Lay out your first row so you can see which fabric squares you used, so you won't put two of the same style squares next to each other.
Tie the two rows together using the fringe-tying method.
Keep making and adding rows until you have at least 10 rows of 10 squares.
Arrange the outside fringes of the blanket by tying them together by twos. Start at one corner and work your way around the edge of the no-sew fleece blanket.
Tips and warnings
- This is a great opportunity to use up any scraps of mismatched fleece you have lying around.
- Make your fringes a little longer or shorter, if desired, by using a different size cardboard square.
- Save time by cutting out your fleece squares whenever you have leftovers from another project.
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