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Saturday, December 1, 2012

No Sew Fleece Blanket

Do you need a quick gift idea? Fleece blankets are soft and cuddly and perfect for little kids. Since there are two layers of fleece they are super warm.  I made some of these blankets for my 3 oldest kids a few years ago. I figured my youngest might like one this year.

These blankets are not your average "tie the ends" fleece blanket. My friend showed me how to do these and I think they look so much nicer than the knotted kind.

 Want to make your own no sew fleece blanket?

You will need:
two pieces of fleece of equal size {I used 1 1/2 yards each} 
rotary cutter and mat {or scissors and a seam ripper}

 Stack your two pieces of fabric on top of each other so that you cut them the same.

Then cut out a four inch square out of each corner.

 Cut the edge into 4 inch strips 1 1/2 inches apart. Then make a one inch cut in the center at the top end of each strip. Continue all the way around the blanket.

Now to connect the blankets to each other.  

Step 1 - Take the top {yellow/pink} strip of fleece
Step 2 - Insert it into the hole in the bottom {green} strip of fleece
Step 3 - Pull it all the way through
Step 4 - Repeat above steps with the new top {green} strip of fleece

Repeat until your blanket is done. 

Update 9-8-13: I just got a comment from a reader, Liz asked "will it work the same if I insert both strips into the hole at the same time?" I just went and tried it, and it totally works. This will save so much time. 

When I made these for my older kids, I was worried that they wouldn't stay together. Three years and several washings they are still just fine.  

For baby blankets, get one yard of each fabric then cut in half so that each is approx 30x36. You'll be able to get two blankets out of it.  For teens or adults you will probably want to do two yards of each fabric. 

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