A step-by-step guide on how to do a simple tie blanket using either one or two fabrics.
- Ruler/tape measure
- At least 4 sewing pins (if desired for cleaner cut)
-Optionally a fabric marker
Step 1: Choose Your Material
- Most tie blankets are made with fleece material but I have had success using Minky material as well.
- The softer the material, the more slippery it is to work with.
- Using fabric such as linen does it make it cheaper to use but they won't be as comfortable.
Step 2: Determine the Size You Will Be Using
- Having extra fabric is never a bad thing but the size should be judged on who the blanket will be used for.
- The typical size for smaller blankets is 1 yard. Any size that you can cut strips in would work, however, as long as there is a general space in the center of the blanket.
Step 3: Lay Them Straight
- Place both pieces of fabric on a flat surface, one directly on top of the other.
- I found that it's easier to combine two corners and get them as straight as desired then lay them both down.
- Make sure that their wrong sides are facing each other.
Step 4: Cut to Size
- Make sure both pieces of fabric are the same size and shape
- With them still laying on a flat surface cut the excess off the edges if there is any overlapping.
Step 5: Mark the Corners
- With the blankets still laying on a flat surface, mark each corner 3 inches from both outer edges, this is where you will be cutting
- You only need to mark the fabric that is on top.
Step 6: Optional Step
With the corners now marked I like to use sewing pins to keep both blankets in place before cutting them. This has been helpful at making the most precise cuts.
Step 7: Cut the Corner Pieces Out
Cut along the markings that have been made of the 3"x3" squares in each corner.
Step 8: Measure Around the Blanket
The strips that you will cut should be between 1/2" to 3/4" width, 3" length. If desired you can mark the distance between strips before you begin cutting.
Step 9: Tying the Strips
- Each Strip from fabric A needs to be double knotted to the corresponding strip of fabric B.
Step 10: Check for Any Untied Strips
Double check along each side of the blanket to make sure each strip has been tied.
Step 11: Secure the Ties
For the final step I like to pull the edges of the blanket (note: do not pull on the ties) out horizontally to stretch and strengthen the ties so they don't unravel or look too cramped.