Introduction: How to Make a Tied Fleece Blanket

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Here are the steps in making a very simple fleece blanket with tied ends. No sewing required! You will need 2 pieces of fleece, about 1 to 1 1/4 yards each, a pair of fabric scissors (or a rotary cutter - much easier!), cutting board (or some kind of cutting surface) and a ruler or straight-edge.

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Lay the two pieces of fleece wrong sides together.

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With the fabric on top of each other, trim off any ends as necessary to make them the same size.

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Use a rotary cutter and cut right along the edge of your ruler or straight-edge.

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Cut out a square about 3-4 inches from each corner. This will prevent bunching of the material in the corners and help to make tying easier.

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Make sure you cut out the square from all 4 corners of the fabric.

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Next cut out slits - almost like a fringe - about 3 inches deep all the way around the fabric. Just make sure you cut deep enough so that you can tie the pieces together. If the slits are too short, you won't be able to double knot them.

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This picture shows that you cut the slits through both pieces of fabric while they are layered together. This way, you have the same number of slits all the way around.

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Tie the matching top and bottom slits together into double knots (helps them to say together after washing).

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Continue tying all the way around the fabric until your blanket is complete!

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Fold the blanket and wrap with a ribbon (or even a piece of the fabric that you trimmed off). Add a book and give as a gift. Our local Moms in Motion group (go MIMs!) donates these books and blankets to inner city school children through a program called Buddies, Bridges & Brains based in Victor, NY.


LaurenR71 (author)2017-11-28

What kind of scissors do you all use?

JoshuaM274 (author)2017-11-17

Very helpful instructions, thanks!

baptistdiva made it! (author)2017-06-23

This project so helped me during a rocky time in my life. I made this for Father's Day and really enjoyed it. I've started another one for my sister who is currently in a wheel chair so that she will have something to cover her lap and/or body. What great mental therapy!!!

AutumnEveStrand (author)2014-12-04

I used this to double check my measurements. My only comment is that its my personal preference to only knot every other strip, I think its prettier (I like the dangly things). But that's all personal preference

I am so glad I read this, I have made many and never thought of doing every other strip. I did it on this one and love the look. Thank you!

AndreaH26 (author)2015-10-25

I just made one of these blankets for the first time and I'm wondering if I did something wrong. As I was tying the fringe, the fringe on 2 sides (opposite of each other) stretched out of shape when I was knotting them. Like the fringes pulled long and narrow. The other 2 sides didn't do this, so I'm sure it's related to the cut of the fabric. Is there a way to make it so the fringe doesn't stretch out so bad?

Candlelite (author)AndreaH262017-04-05

I have made many and they always do that.

AmyLSKnits512 (author)AndreaH262015-11-28

If you bought stretch fleece as opposed to regular fleece it will do that.

StephR17 (author)2017-01-01

It came out great! I would suggest knotting every corner first if planning to do it over the cours of a few days. Great directions!

hfox00x (author)2014-07-28

What is this fabric called? Where can I get it?

kjtup1 (author)hfox00x2015-08-13

U can actually by the kit at JoAnns at reduced prices a lot of the time with instructions inside! Sometimes coupons r 50% off!

MichelleR177 (author)kjtup12016-10-13


it's fleece and you can find it at any fabric store like jo anns or even some walmarts

lacrimson (author)2016-04-16

I have a question. When you lay the pieces of fleece wrong sides together, when do you turn them out right sides facing up? When I've made these blankets before my corners always have a gap or hole in them. How do I prevent this so there are ties all the way around even in the corners?

JillM41 (author)lacrimson2016-05-29

Wrong sides together means you never turn them, as the wrong sides are already on the inside.

CharmaineS5 (author)2016-04-08

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I also love what your Moms in Motion group does! Also I love the acronym, as "Mim" is somewhat the French equivalent of "Gram." I'm a Mim since I have a lot of French heritage. It's not dodging the "Grandma" or "Granny" - it's the equivalent! What a great thing you all are doing!!! Kudos!

LouiseS21 made it! (author)2015-12-05

here is the picture of the blanket i am working on thr end that has the black board on is the end that is the shortist almost done with it

LouiseS21 (author)2015-12-05

i made my 1st tie blanket but one side ties are shorter than rest think they are 3" and rest is 5" do i need to take about and cut them longer or will they be ok a couple people said it will be ok

Dianewells64 (author)2015-11-30

I was thinking about making these for the grandkids. Thanks so much for the info!!

LaceyG1 (author)2015-10-28

Do u slit and tie where you cut the corners out too?

CeciliaC7 (author)2015-10-15

I made this for Christmas last yearfor my grandchildren. They loved it.

DebbieY4 (author)2015-09-21 (author)2015-04-01

I just finished this blanket:) It's a birthday gift for my granddaughter! It's the first time I have ever made one. Thank you for your help:)

kerry.stewartmanning (author)2015-03-31

Approximently how material should I use to make a newborn baby blanket?

DeniseG3 (author)2015-03-05

I just bought fleece from Hobby Lobby. They have such pretty prints. I washed my pieces before I started. Is there any harm in that? Having made these many years ago, I forgot what was necessary for the corner cut. Yours was the first one that came up & I love how you not only gave instructions, but took the photos too! Thanks Bunches & now I'm off to finish mine!!

lraye1 (author)2014-10-14

easy to fallow instructions . my blanket turned out wonderful.

fran.habisch (author)lraye12014-11-27

The instructions state I will need 2 yards of ea. piece of material for an adult blanket. This seems to be a very small blanket. How much fabric do I really need for an adult blanket?

agursky1 (author)fran.habisch2015-01-03

2 2/3-3 yards works well. a little bigger is better than too small!

I have always used 2 1/2 yards for an adult blanket and that seems to be long enough...I made me one for my Queen size bed by buying 5 yards of each (front and back) then cutting them in half and sewing them together...then I cut and tied as usual...I love it and it hangs down over my bed frame. The only thing different I did was instead of tying the top row, I sewed them together so I didn't have the knots up around my neck and face..

Two yards is plenty, my two yard blanket almost covers my queen sized bed. Go for two and a half maybe three if you are concerned about a hight issues (2 should be good for an average high person)

I make these all the time. I am about 5'2 and my blanket is 2 yards and it fits my whole body. When you go and get the fabric the lady cutting the fabric can usually tell you if you have enough or not.

KaitlynG (author)2014-12-13

looks easy, looks cute, i love it!

melody shirley (author)2014-11-14

she is a baby blanket the same size as a regular blanket

garnerelaine (author)2014-07-26

I Have been trying to Print instructions for making a " NO SEW FLEECE BLANKET " I want to start my Xmas Presents soon. But I can not find a site that lets me print the instructions. Please Help !!!! _ - I live in Canada and I want to find instructions for free to print.

I am a senior and not want to pay for $ 40.00 for printing from PDF

Regards. E. Garner

TeresaL1 (author)garnerelaine2014-10-05

Here are some directions just in case you are still needing some.

mvaughn3 (author)2011-07-24

This was my first non-sewing blanket n my daughter loved it!!!! Thank you

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