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.

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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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66 Discussions

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KatieJ45

1 year 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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BrendaM158KatieJ45

Reply 17 days ago

You would lose the pretty fringe if flipped, and it won’t lay as flat.

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amauroKatieJ45

Reply 1 year ago

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

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ValerieY7

Question 1 year ago on Step 2

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

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BrendaM158ValerieY7

Answer 17 days ago

Measure the bed. Remember if you made it larger, it could advance with the child into a toddler bed!

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CoryS52

Question 1 year ago on Step 10

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

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BrendaM158CoryS52

Answer 17 days ago

Regular cycle (use a short cycle if you’re concerned) and dryer is fine. These hold up well for years!

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LindaB75CoryS52

Answer 10 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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garnerelaine

5 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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BrendaM158garnerelaine

Reply 17 days ago

You could write them down or copy/paste into a word document?

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LindaB75garnerelaine

Reply 10 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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BrendaM158JonandBrandiL

Answer 17 days ago

I’d measure the bed and purchase accordingly. Remember you will lose at least 6-8 inches from the ties.

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OneBirdieMaJonandBrandiL

Answer 7 months 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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BrendaM158DebraC70

Answer 17 days ago

I would try a mini blanket and wash several times with heavy clothing to see if it frays. Pinking shears might just lose mire fabric with laundering?