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.

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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OneBirdieMa

6 weeks ago

Hi! Great instructions. I've made several of these from instructions I came across years ago. (The last one I made the slits too short so had to pull them up to knot them. The result is that the entire outer edge pulled in. This makes it entirely inconvenient for use as a blanket but it makes a great shrug!) I would add one more instruction, and that is to make square rather than granny knots. A square knot is right over left, left over right; a granny is right over left, right over left. (I'm not being handist -- it works exactly backwards the same way!) The advantage of a square knot is that with a small effort it can be untied, while a granny knot is pretty much permanent. A suggestion for the corner: try tying the adjacent slips of fabric across the opening, And a note on how long to make the slits: it will depend on how heavy the fleece is. Very heavy fleece will require longer slits, while very light will need only shorter. (It was my error in guestimating the weight of the fleece pieces used in the project described in the parentheses that led to my making a shrug (of sorts) rather than a blanket. And it was my laziness that led to my not stopping right at the beginning, when I noticed the problem, and lengthening the short slits. Have fun! These are fun, if a tad tedious during the knotting, to make.) Oh, one last thing: I've only made these wrong side to wrong side, so they never had to be reversed. In fact, I'm not sure how it would work, and because my experience is different I skipped reading the rest of that step!

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BabybeansOneBirdieMa

Reply 4 weeks ago

I just wanted to comment on your post and say thank you, you gave very great information. I got one of these blankets as a birthday present from one of my coworkers and love it, but my puppy kinda of stole it from me so I would love to make another one myself and your tips help. So thank you in advance

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chinadol

6 weeks ago

I am so disappointed. This was my first time making one of these. I loved the instructions were so simple. However, I am so disappointed. I cut the squares out of all four corners, cut and tied the strips, but when I was finished, I came out about four ties short. There is nothing but space to the corner. What did I do wrong and how can I correct. This is more expensive franchised Cubs logo on BOTH sides. Help me please.

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OneBirdieMaDebraC70

Answer 6 weeks ago

Do you mean pinking shears, the shears that end up with a z edge rather than a straight edge? Probably not a good idea, IMNSHO.

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OneBirdieMaJonandBrandiL

Answer 6 weeks ago

The way the instructions are written is using two lengths of fleece at full width. The selvages are cut off while making the pieces match in width as well as length. To do larger -- not just longer, but wider as well -- will require sewing pieces together which is a complication you may or may not want to take on. My personal suggestions would include: (1) remove the selvages on the edges to be joined; (2) place the juncture of the combined pieces at, say, 1/3 and 2/3 width, rather than straight down the center; and (3) when fitting the top to the bottom to offset the seams on top and bottom.

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DebraC70

Question 4 months ago on Step 6

can peaking shears be used to cut stripes?

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DebraC70

Question 4 months ago on Step 6

can peaking shears be used to cut stripes?

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garnerelaine

4 years ago on Introduction

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 bruela@bell.net

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LindaB75garnerelaine

Reply 4 months ago

If you highlight the instructions you wish to print you can print them out without printing the whole q&a section. Highlight, right click on your mouse, then select print.

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Jaredhaley

11 months ago on Step 10

Did you use a piece of fabric and a piece of felt or can I use two pieces of fabric?

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CoryS52

Question 8 months ago on Step 10

How do you wash a blanket like this and can it be put in a dryer

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LindaB75CoryS52

Answer 4 months ago

Ii would check on the bolt of the fabric when you have it cut to find the washing/drying instructions. Probably dry on low setting. Hope this helps.

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ValerieY7

Question 10 months ago on Step 2

How much material will it take to make a blanket for a baby bed?

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KatieJ45

11 months ago

This was a great refresher tutorial but the step of tying only three sides then flipping the blanket right side out was skipped.

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amauroKatieJ45

Reply 11 months ago

Actually the fabric is not inside out so there’s no reason to flip them.

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Ninnycats

Tip 1 year ago on Step 10

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