I wanted to be able to make a blanket for my children but alas I didn’t want to have to go out and purchase a sewing machine. I had seen and heard about no sew fleece blankets from a few people so I thought I would try my hand at it and was thrilled my results!
A few weeks ago Joann Fabric was having a 40% fleece sell so that time was more than perfect to try my hand and blanket making. I wasn’t sure exactly what size to make for a baby/toddler so I went with a two yard blanket. I figure more was better at less at the time. My 2 yard blanket is way too big for a little baby but is great to lay down on the floor for crawling on, snuggling up on the couch, or throwing over a twin bed. Once I know the sex of my baby at the end of August, I’m going to make another no sew blanket and this time go with a 1 yard to a 1 1/2 yard blanket instead.
These blankets are easy to make but a little bit time consuming, especially if you make a two yard blanket. They’ll be lots and lots of cutting! I found the tying part much easier and faster. Overall if you want to make a fun personalized gift for a friend or baby shower, these are so simple to do.
What You Would Need
- A pair of sharp scissors
- Ruler or tape measure
- Two coordinating pieces of any fleece . . . for a baby or toddler, purchase 1 to 1 1/2 yards, for a child, purchase 1-3/4 yards (in each of two fabrics, for a teen or adult, purchase 2 yards (in each of two fabrics)
- Trim the salvage from your fleece.
- Lay your two pieces of fleece on top of one another with the good sides facing out.
- Make sure your two pieces of fleece line up, if not trim accordingly.
- Cut a 5×5 square from a piece of paper. Use this piece to cut out all four corners from your fleece.
- Cut the tassles. Make each cut about an inch apart. Make sure you cut through both pieces of fabric on all four sides of the blanket.
- Start tying off the tassels. I started by doing every other one. Once that is done flip the blanket over and tie off the rest. You can do either double knots or overhand it totally depends on personal preference.
- You’ve just made your very own no sew fleece blanket!
I finished my blanket in a day which for me was approximately two hours with breaks here and there. I can’t wait to make a few more in various sizes. I’ll be posting my results here on my blog so be on the look out!