Make a no sew blanket in a few hours and amaze your friends and family with your skills! These make great gifts and who doesn't appreciate a personalized gift? The only rule about making these is that there are no rules except to have fun making it and incorporate what works for you.
When you are finished, you will have a two-layer blanket in the color and size of your choosing. I chose contrasting colors because I thought they would look nice but you could also choose similar colors too.
Step 1: Here Is What You Need
- Two fleece blankets of the same size
- Cutting device (scissors or rotary cutter)
- Large enough area to spread out both blankets on top of each other.
- Cutting mat
- yard stick
- clothes pins
- seam ripper
- lint remover
- Quilter's ruler
- Needle and thread
Step 2: Spread Out Blankets and Rip Out the Binding Thread
Spread out the blankets and rip out the binding thread if it is present on your blanket. Use the seam ripper but if you don't have a seam ripper, a pair of scissors will be fine.
The lint remover comes in very handy at this point because it really helps to get all of those lose threads especially when the fabric and thread are the same color!
Step 3: Even All Sides
Put the two blankets together and even up the edges. They do not have to be perfectly even but close. Use your scissors or rotary cutter to even up the edges. If you are using a rotary cutter, make sure you have a cutting mat underneath your blankets.
Step 4: Pin the Blankets Together
This is a totally optional step but if you have a larger blanket, put clothes pins around the perimiter of the blankets. It helps keep the edges together better. Use as few or as many as you would like.
Step 5: Cut Out the Corners
Now that the edges are even and the blankets are lined up, now it's time to cut out the corners.
Using either a rotary cutter or a pair of scissor, cut out a 4inch square on each corner. The reason this is done is that it allows the blanket to lay flat after being tied. Save the squares you cut out for later.
Step 6: Cut Slits Around the Perimeter of the Blanket
Now that the blankets have been evened out and are on top of each other, now it is time to make the slits. When cutting the slits, you can estimate the width between each slit or you can measure it out with a ruler or yard stick. A good rule of thumb is to cut each slit a thumbs width.
The yard stick and ruler can serve dual purposes. They can help you determine the width and how far up to cut your slit. The slit should be about four inches up so that it is even with the top of the corners you cut out.
You can take out all of the clothes pins as you cut around the blankets or you can take them out before you begin cutting the slits.
Step 7: Tie the Blankets Together!
This is the easy part and you can have helpers work on different sides of the blanket to make the process go faster.
There are two options for tying the two blankets together.
Take the two slits of the blankets that are above and below each other and tie a knot. In this case you are tying the black blanket to the plaid one.
Then take those same two pieces and tie another knot to secure the blanket. Continue all the way around the blanket until you have tied all of the slits together.
The other tying option is to take both the upper and lower pieces and tie them in a single knot where they tie into each other. Think of a string where you only knot one end. Use the same principle here.
Step 8: Optional - Add a Label to Personalize!
If you take the time to make this blanket, you may also want to make a personalized label out of the 4 inch squares that you removed at each corner. If the fabric is too dark, grab some scrap pieces that are lighter and large enough for a label.
Tack the label to the back of your blanket with a needle and thread or you can sew if you have a sewing machine. Use a permanent marker to put a message on the label. Put the message on the label before you tack it to the back of the blanket. You do not want an errant mark to be on the back of your blanket.
I must warn you that fleece is not the easiest fabric to write on the back of so be patient when writing your message.
Step 9: You Are All Done!
Now that you are done. Enjoy your blanket or give it as a gift.
Here are a couple of examples of blankets I made.