It is for the crafty ones (like me) who sadly do NOT have a sewing machine
Step 1: Get Your Supplies!
- 2 pieces of fleece** the same size - any color any pattern!*
- 2 yards or more for adults - smaller for child's sized blanket
- Sharp scissors
- Fabric Pencil (not necessary but helpful)
- Large clean work area!
*Reminder - if you are wanting to embroider on your blanket make sure to do so before you put it together!
**In this picture the felt squares are to represent the 2 pieces of fleece
Step 2: Getting Started!
- Line the pieces up so they are even on all 4 sides
- You may need to trim the sides - especially if your fleece is off the bolt
Once you get the fabric lined up you will make your 1st cuts to remove a 2"x2" square from the corner
- Cut 2" in on all four corners
Step 3: Keep on Cutting!
Cut tassels are very difficult to line up again - If you must pick it up make sure you secure the 2 pieces of fleece with safety pins in the corners & also along the edge also.
I cut my tassels very short - you can decide what is best for you - remember the longer your tassels the shorter/skinnier/smaller your blanket will be - also the larger your hands the harder it will be to tie small knots - adjust your corner square removal in Step 2 to match the size of your cuts
Here is where you can choose to use the fabric pencil to mark the length or width of your cuts -
Starting at a corner measure about an inch for the width of your tassel & 2 inches long
Every 1" make a 2" cut
I was lucky, my ruler was the perfect width - so i was able to use it as a guide - now you just work your way around the fleece
- to prevent complications later, finish ALL the cutting before you start tie-ing
Step 4: Tie It Up!
Starting at a corner =
Use your basic square knot (the knot used to tie shoes ;)
I suggest to double knot - the tassels will start to untie during use if tied once
Now just keep tie-ing till you make it back around*
Once you are done tie-ing the blanket do not be afraid to pull & stretch & yank on the fleece - it helps to get the shape of the blanket normal - you will hear some ripping noise from the fabric - do not worry about it - some is necessary but do not over pull - use good judgment!
*Did you end up with a loose extra tassel? Yeah it happens - you have 2 choices - go backwards & find where you tied wrong & skipped over one OR tie it onto an already tied one because no one can really see it ... only you will know ;)