Although I’m crafty, I’m no seamstress. So when I heard that you can make your own fleece blanket without any sewing, I was intrigued.
I really wanted to make one for my little granddaughter. And if it went well, then I would make one for friends who were expecting a baby, one to throw over the back of my couch and one for my bed too.
Fortunately too, in the Spring when I’m writing this, you can find some nice sales on fleece fabric. Whenever you decide to make one, this is a nice craft you can give as a gift or keep for yourself and you can personalize the colors and patterns.
Before we get going, I want to apologize for the quality of my images. My phone is having issues so I used an old phone camera to take these photos and the quality is certainly lacking.
What You Will Need – Supplies and Tools for your Blanket
This is such a simple blanket to make that you only need a few supplies and tools. You will need:
- 45 inches by 60 inches printed flannel fleece fabric
- 45 inches by 60 inches solid color flannel fleece fabri
- 5 inch cardboard square
You Can Go Thinner
If you want a lighter blanket, just use one piece of material instead of two. Follow all the same directions using the single piece of fabric.
Trim the Selvedge
Check the edges of your fabric for where it looks lighter or different. Sometimes the texture will be tighter. This is the selvedge. Trim that off.
Fit the Fabrics Together
Lay your solid colored fabric face down on your work surface.
Lay your printed fabric face up (print side facing up) on top.
Line the fabrics up and smooth out.
If one fabric is longer than the other, trim it so both pieces are exactly the same size.
You Don’t Have to be Perfect
You won’t be perfect with cutting but don’t sweat it. Just do the best you can. It will still look great.
Use Your Cardboard Square
Put your 5 inch cardboard square at the edge of each corner and use it as a pattern to cut out a square there. Cut through both fabrics.
You can use clothespins or straight pins to hold the fabric together if needed.
Cut the Fringe
Lay a ruler over the edge of the fabric horizontally, along the edge where your square was cut out.
I cut my fringe pieces at about an inch wide. I wouldn’t go any wider than that as it makes it hard to tie.
Cut through both fabrics up to the edge of the ruler.
Keep cutting the pieces of fringe, making each piece about an inch wide.
Do this on all 4 sides of the blanket.
Tie off that knot
Using both layers of the material, tie both fringe pieces close to the uncut fabric as if you were tying off a balloon.
Now your blanket will not unravel or separate.
Tying off the fringe is what takes the longest time to do. It’s a perfect activity to do while watching TV.
Turn the Fringe Over
For a pretty contrast, put your finger tip into the knot and turn the fabric of the fringe over so the color is different than the actual blanket.
Since my granddaughter wanted a purple blanket with fairies on it, the solid color is the same as the background color of the printed material. So it doesn’t make much of an impact. But if you have a totally different solid color it’s really a striking effect.
You are Done!
That’s all there is to it! These blankets make great blankets for kids. What a great way to let a child remember you by making them their very own blankie.
These are great for pets too. I saw on You Tube that one guy who runs a Carin Terrier rescue group makes a blanket for each new dog that comes in. Of course, if you make this for a dog, you can make it smaller.
A Video Tutorial for Making the Blanket
This is the video I watched to learn how to do this.