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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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19 comments:

  1. Such a neat idea!! What a comfortable TV blanket for kids!!

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  2. Very cool. I do like the way yours look over just the plain knotted kind. I'm off to Joann's or Hancock to find some fleece.

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  3. I made about 6 of these blankets the past few weeks. I usually just tie them which is quicker. I've done it this way one time and it has a nice clean look to it. I love the patterns you choose.

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  4. I love this. This way is so much cleaner and just prettier looking than the knotted ones. So glad I found this tutorial and your blog. Happy holidays!

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  5. Rachel,
    I LOVE no-sew blankets! I was literally just in JoAnn's (like an hour ago) and saw that same cute monkey fleece and almost bought it for a blanket. It's so cute. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :) Have a great week.
    Michelle

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  6. It wont come apart without and actual tide knot? Ive only made one and seemed to tie the entire thing too tight.. Any pointers?

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    1. I haven't had any problem with them coming apart. I will admit that I don't wash them as often as I should, but they have been washed several times and they stay together just fine.

      I'm not sure what you mean about it tying together too tight. I would make sure that your two pieces of fleece are exactly the same size, that the strips are cut the same, and that the grain of the fabric of each layer is laying the same way. {Fleece will stretch a lot when pulled one way and not much when pulled the other way}

      Hope this helps.

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  8. Great idea to those who are into the sewing disaster...

    Julia
    Choofie – Onwer
    baby blanket

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  9. Quick question, will it work the same if I insert both strips into the hole at the same time?? Thanks so much

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  10. Saw the update... thanks!! So ready to make these blankets!!

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  11. Love the look of this! I do have a question though: how does this technique hold up to excessive use and washing? Just from looking at it, it seems that pulling the two pieces apart would pull the loops out and separate. Maybe I'm mistaken? I will try this but I am curious for any insight you might have on this. Thanks!!

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    1. I made my older kids some about 4 years ago. My son especially uses his a lot. It's staying together pretty well. That being said, I don't wash it very often. The fleece tends to stick to itself, so the two pieces naturally stick to each other and that helps it stick together.

      I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've made one and washed it over and over. It sounds like you're a better washer than me :)

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  12. This is an amazing idea - it looks fantastic!!! I have some fleece to try this with :) I was wondering though - does it only work with fleece or could you use other types of material too? Would it hold? Thank you x

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    1. I'm glad you like it!
      I'm not sure about other fabrics. I haven't tried anything else. The good thing about fleece is that it doesn't fray so the edges don't need to be finished. I bet it would work ok with a knit, since they don't fray either. Cotton and flannel fray a lot, so they probably wouldn't work too well.

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  13. Any idea if this "tying" method will work on pillows? I made my neices a couple of these and I wanted to put a matching pillow with their blankets. I've only seen pillows, but not made them, with the knot method. Would it be necessary to sew around the edge to keep the stuffing in? Thanks!

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    1. My kids got some pillows once from someone that were just knotted. After a while the stuffing did start coming out. So I would suggest sewing first then tying them. Sounds like a fun project!

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  14. Any idea if this "tying" method will work on pillows? I made my neices a couple of these and I wanted to put a matching pillow with their blankets. I've only seen pillows, but not made them, with the knot method. Would it be necessary to sew around the edge to keep the stuffing in? Thanks!

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  15. This is a great tutorial - I love the look of this tying method. I have made one today for a newborn and appliqued his initial on both sides in fleece. Fab!

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