How to Make a Double-Sided No-Sew Fleece Blanket

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How to Make a Double-Sided No-Sew Fleece Blanket
Make a no-sew fleece blanket by cutting strips and tying two pieces of fleece together. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A double-sided no-sew fleece blanket is the perfect gift for all ages. The soft plush fabric provides warmth and comfort no matter when or where it is used. A wide variety of patterned fleece is available to create customised, one-of-a kind blankets. Blanket sizes are limited to the width of the fleece fabric. The majority of fleece sold from rolls at fabric shops is 54 inches or wider. Connect the two layers of fleece by either tying or crocheting them together.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 yards, 60-inch wide fleece (color1)
  • 2 yards, 60-inch wide fleece (colour 2)
  • Quilter's straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric punch
  • Size 0 crochet hook
  • Crochet cotton

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Instructions

    Tying

  1. 1

    Spread the two yards of the colour 1 fleece fabric onto a clean floor so that the fabric is completely flat. Make sure that the pattern side --- the right side --- of the fabric is facing down. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. Spread the second piece of fabric over the first, lining up the edges of the two pieces of fabric. Turn this second piece of fabric so that the pattern side or right side is facing up. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands.

  2. 2

    Pin the two pieces of fabric together 8 inches from the outside edge. Place the pins approximately 6 inches apart along all four sides of the fabric. Make sure to keep the fabrics smooth and wrinkle-free.

  3. 3

    Cut off the rough selvedge edges. The selvedge edge is the edge of the fabric that is machine finished in the factory. Selvedge edges do not include any edges that were cut at the fabric store.

  4. 4

    Measure, mark and cut a 5-inch square in each of the four corners. Discard the four squares.

  5. 5

    Measure and place marks 1 inch apart on all four sides of the fabric blanket. Cut straight up from each mark toward the centre of the fabric for 5 inches. Doing this creates a fringe with strips 1 inch wide and 5 inches long around all four sides of the fabric.

  6. 6

    Tie the front and back pieces of the fabric together by using one strip from the front piece of fabric and one strip from the back. Tie the two strips directly on top of one another together using an overhand knot. Repeat the process until all four edges are tied. This creates a tied fringe around all four sides of the blanket. The knots hold the two pieces of fabric together to create a reversible, double-sided fleece blanket.

    Crocheting

  1. 1

    Spread the two yards of pattern 1 fleece fabric on a clean floor so that it is completely flat. Make sure that the right side of the fabric is facing down. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. Spread the second piece of fabric over the first, lining up the edges. Turn this fabric so that the right side is facing up. Smooth out any wrinkles.

  2. 2

    Pin the two pieces of fabric together 3 inches from the outside edge. Place the pins approximately 4 inches apart. Make sure to keep the fabrics smooth and wrinkle free.

  3. 3

    Cut off the rough selvedge edges. The selvedge edges are the edges of the fabric that are machine finished in the factory. They do not include the edges cut by the clerk in the fabric store.

  4. 4

    Select a corner to begin. Punch holes through the two pieces of fabric using a fabric punch. Position the holes so that their outside edges are 1/8 inch from the outside edge of the fabric and 1/8 inch away from each other. Use crochet cotton and begin single crocheting around the outside edges of the fabric pieces using the punched holes for stitch placement.

    Note: A single crochet consists of placing a slip knot loop over the crochet hook. Place the end of the crochet hook through the first hole. Wrap the yarn over the top of the two pieces of fabric and over the hook. Pull the second loop through the first hoop on the crochet hook. Repeat the process around the blanket until all of the holes are crocheted together. Complete one last stitch by wrapping the yarn around the hook. Pull the loop of yarn through the loop on the crochet hook. Cut the yarn, leaving a 2-inch tail. Pull the tail through the loop to form a knot. Weave the tail back and forth through the completed single crochet on the edge of the blanket.

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