How to Make a Tied Fleece Blanket

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Introduction: How to Make a Tied Fleece Blanket

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.

Step 1:

Lay the two pieces of fleece wrong sides together.

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

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.

Step 8:

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

Step 9:

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

Step 10:

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.

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Save the cut-out corners. Fill with catnip and stitch closed. Great toys for the kitties!!

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38 Comments

Did you make a slit in the fringe cut to tie the 2 pieces together? I made 1 blanket without the slit but like the look of the slit look better. Thanks

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?

It is the make of the fabric as long as you don't pull to much on the stretchy side it should come back normal length. I've done two dozen large blankets for friends and family and countless others into cat blankets for a local cat shelter

When you made the blankets for adults how much felt did you use? I would love to make one blanket for each of my sons. Do you have to sew felt together for larger blankets?

I have made many and they always do that.

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

What kind of scissors do you all use?

Very helpful instructions, thanks!

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