Introduction: No Sew Fleece Blanket

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Step by Step instructions to make a No-Sew Fleece blanket, brought to you by Your blanket can be any size. Fleece comes 60-inches wide, so your blanket can be 60 x ??? Your finished product will be about 10-inches smaller than the fabric you start with.

Step 1: Choose the Fabric

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Choose a print and a contrasting or matching solid. I like to use strong, bold contrasts. You will need a solid and a print that are the same size. My sample uses a nice dark hunter green for the back.

Step 2: Line Up the Two Fabric Pieces.

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Line up the two fabrics, right sides OUT. Anti-pill solids are FUZZY on the right side. Anti-pill prints will be more distinct on the front side. Regular prints are hard to tell -- use the side that appeals to you.

Step 3: Trim to the Same Size.

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Trim the two pieces so that they are the same size.

Step 4: Cut Out the Corners

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Cut a 5-inch square from each of the four corners.

Step 5: Cutting the Fringe

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Cut fringe on all four sides of the blanket. Cut through both layers of fabric at the same time. Fringe pieces should be a little wider than the width of your finger. Cut in from the edge 5 inches. I like to lay a yard-stick across the fabric, 5 inches from the edge so that I know how far in to make my cut.

Step 6: Begin Tying Knots

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Leave your blanket laying flat on the surface, with all fringes lined up. I find it easier to start tying from the left and work right, going around the blanket. If you are left-handed, you may find it easier to start on the right and work left. These knots are called balloon knots... tie them just like you would if tying off a balloon! You can also tie a knot like you would make with a shoe lace. That kind of knot will be easier if your hands are arthritic.

Step 7: Continue Around the Blanket

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Tie all the fringes together on all four sides of the blanket. You are Finished! Wasn't that easy? All the knots should be snug up to the blanket, but not too tight. The finished blanket should lay flat.

Tip: If your blanket is square (all four sides the same length) you can turn the top so that the stretch goes in the opposite direction of the stretch on the bottom piece. This gives a more stable blanket.

Use the same directions to make pillows... if you have a 12-inch pillow form, cut two pieces of fabric that are 24-inches square. Tie three sides, insert the pillow form and then finish tying the 4th side.


ConstanceM12 (author)2017-11-30

So easy and such a nice little blanket!

eaglesfly13 made it! (author)2017-11-14

Made it in just a few hours. It will be a baby quilt for my first granddaughter.

Swansong (author)2017-04-12

A friend of mine makes these as gifts and they always go over really well :)

T0BY (author)2016-12-06

Brilliant idea!

Sbarnes83067 (author)2016-12-02

Is the square 5x5?

bookwormsfg (author)2016-07-15

I made some! They are very easy and fun, and are a great multi-tasking project (I tied mine while watching TV). I recommend 1 yard for a child's blanket, and 2+ for an adult blanket, depending on what you want to use it for. I finished making a child's blanket last night, and it only took me about two hours. I haven't quite finished the adult's blanket yet, but I think it will take between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.

Alex- (author)2016-04-19

This is a great tutorial! The pictures are a little dark, though.

Here's a new step-by-step tutorial--with awesome pictures :)

templesrock12 (author)2016-02-17

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templesrock12 (author)2016-02-17

It only took us 20 minutes and we made to blankets super fun and easy

templesrock12 (author)2016-02-17

I got to make one at young women. It was so fun. I am thinking of making more of my own. Also, you can make them for this project called "Project Linus". If you buy Fleece from and get fleece to make for the Project Linus. The promo code is "LINUS".

JoanFanning (author)2016-02-12

I can't wait to get started, as I have seen some a friend has made for her grandchildren they are gorgeous and practical

MammaTot made it! (author)2016-01-15

This was my first blanket and it was so easy! I sent it to a very special boxer puppy at a local rescue who is very sick. I am now making more, not only for my boys but for other rescues as well. Thank you for this easy pattern!

mimirose702 (author)2016-01-06

lisa.redmondknight- get a person to come over and help you. Then grab each end and give them a tug. They won't be bunched up after that.

Owlet1 made it! (author)2016-01-05

Had so much fun making this this morning for my daughter. Can't wait till she is old enough so we can do craft time together. Super easy instructions to follow plus it only cost us four bucks to make the blanket because I already had the owl side from anothe project. I recommend this to everyone even my husband got involved!

Nanib (author)2015-12-31

my 2 granddaughters age 13 made a blanket last evening in about 2 hours they are beautiful! The girls love them, I love them!

AngelaM69 (author)2015-12-17

Should you wash the fabric first?

Chronoallusion (author)2015-11-18

My best friends mother would make these for her kids all the time, thanks for reminding me how to make them. :)

lene2 (author)2009-01-30

What would the measurements be for a lap size blanket, single size, double, queen and king. Thanks

Mona O (author)lene22015-09-08

i am looking too, for prices as well my home burned flat

Mona O (author)2015-09-08

my house burned and I am trying to figure prices for insurance for all size tie blankets

Nitajato (author)2015-02-19

How do you tie the knot??

joyce.schoonover made it! (author)2015-01-03

You can make it flat by pulling on the strings and also pull in each direction on the sides. I had the same problem and it will pull flat. Also fabric is called blizzard and there are the character prints, Disney and Snoopy, sports teams, there is every thing available at the fabric stores, including Walmart and JoAnnes. I made my granddaughter Snoopy and plain Yellow Blizzard fabric on the other. She loves it..

duchess827 (author)2014-12-10

Do you have 2 yard of this fleece for sale?

I have the same question. And/or what is the name of this fabric so I can order. If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated. Friend having a baby & doing nursery with deer theme and this would be the PERFECT fabric to use. Thanks.

I have the same question. And/or what is the name of this fabric so I can order. If anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated. Friend having a baby & doing nursery with deer theme and this would be the PERFECT fabric to use. Thanks.

giggles361 (author)2014-12-08

I made 2 of these blankets and mine are not flat. They bunch up all around the blankets where the knots are. What am I doing wrong? I followed the instructions

AshleyH1 (author)giggles3612014-12-09

Try tying the knot farther away from the edge of the actual blanket. Tying it to close pulls the blanket into the knot itself. I usually try to tie the not about a cm about the edge. (:

giggles361 (author)AshleyH12014-12-09

I will totally try that Ashley. Thanks for the help.

giggles361 (author)2014-12-08

I made 2 of these blankets and mine are not flat. They bunch up all around the blankets where the knots are. What am I doing wrong? I followed the instructions

lisa.redmondknight (author)2014-11-11

This is so awesome I am trying to make 90% of my Christmas presents this year well maybe 75% but this will be awesome on making blankets this year, I am going to try to make everyone a blanket / throw of some kind every years. First yr for this new tradition wish me luck everyone. Will post pictures I am going to order or go buy material today Yeah really am excited !!!!!

greentrees (author)2014-03-11

awesome simple idea--gonna make this for a friends dog :)

Dollydagger (author)2013-11-12

I work in a fabric store, and the no sew fleece projects are all the rage. I'm going to be attempting my first tonight! (Late to the party, I know.)

sandy012554 (author)2010-03-27

i just want to print instructions for the no sew blanket. i signed up for pro and still cannot print the instructions. please tell me how to do this. that is all i need. please send to my e-mail so i can make one of these blankets.  thank you.
e-mail add: tylersgmal@hotmail.con


Yoshi Jones (author)sandy0125542012-08-09

I can't save the PDF or download it, either...guess I'll print it from my web browser.

TheGeek1984 (author)sandy0125542010-11-26


You need to download the instructable first. Then print as you would any other document. There are even options to leave out the table of contents, comments, etc.

dombeef (author)TheGeek19842010-11-27

she isnt even pro though

ZackBlack (author)dombeef2010-11-27

I'm not pro and I can download PDF's.

Heck if you want the easy way click on "view all steps on one page" then print from your web browser. No pro account needed to do that.

vannieb (author)2011-12-29

what does it mean when it says if ur blkt. is square...turn top so stretch goes in opposite direction of stretch in bottom piece?? i dont get it..

bunycraft (author)vannieb2011-12-29

square... like the length and width are the same. Tug on your fabric along the edge. You will see that the side where you cut the selvage off does not stretch as much as the adjacent side. Place the two pieces so that the stretchy edge is lined up with the not-so-stretchy side. It will give your blanket more stability and be easier to tie.

dlaurena (author)2011-12-10

These instructions are much better/more detailed than the first one I read.

Gave me extra suggestions/advice I hadnt thought of---THANK YOU !

anke-art (author)2011-11-24

That's a really neat! I love snuggly fleece blankets, so this would be a great way of making a two-colored extra-comfy blanket for our couch :D

Mauigerbil (author)2011-08-17

Cool! I once made one of these, but mini for my little brother's stuffed cat toy, of which I also made!

Fishpail (author)2011-04-19

I did this year ago and I love it! who knows, maybe I got my idea from here!

I did boring easy knots though, simple and pretty and warm!

retiredlinedancer (author)2010-12-23

Thanks for the video. The balloon knots are the best; a little difficult at first, but did get easier. My blanket looks almost as nice as yours.

de1ancey (author)2010-12-18

I make them as baby shower gifts and Christmas gifts. SOOO easy.... I have made 3 that are much bigger - for my dad in law (RIP), and for my daugher and son in law. Dad;s was John Deere and dark green contrast. My daughters was hunting fabric on one side and creamy fluffy extra fluff cream color, my son in laws was the hunting fabric on one side and blaze orange on the other. LOL... Those three were - 108 inches by 108 inches- my son in law is 6ft 5inches, and daughter shares hers with their fur babies. My dad in law got very cold at night and his was double double layered. After his death we inherited it back which is fine - DH has lupus and Raynauds and gets cold very very easily.

tiyospe (author)2010-12-15

What a wonderfully simple idea!! Walmart has them on sale for $3.00 a pair. We are making 8 blankets to send to the reservation in S. Dakota. Thankyou for your inspirational idea!!

Teiki_Tora (author)2010-12-06

Ah I love these blankets. They make for great baby shower gifts as you can make them really quick. If you are doing it for a baby shower I would suggest putting a line of stitching around the edge as you never know what this blanket could be used for and just keeps it together even better.

SoapyHollow (author)2009-01-30

So fabulous. I love instructable, I was just on the way to the fabric store and I thought...I wonder if anyone has explained how to do what I had in my head...and you did! Yay, you! Thanks. :)

bunycraft (author)SoapyHollow2009-01-30

AWK! Fabric store? NO NO NO.... I have all the fleece you need for the tied blankets!

tbcross (author)bunycraft2010-11-27

umm you have to buy a whole bolt of fabric? Do you guys sell anything smaller than a 12yd. bolt? I'd like to make some with a baby print and some with adult prints..

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