Tied Fleece Blanket
A tied fleece blanket is a very easy
winter craft, and there
is nothing cozier than cuddling up with fleece!
blankets are no-sew, so they are very simple to make. This
handmade blanket makes a wonderful gift too, and it is perfect to give
away as a baby shower gift.
You can really get creative with
these blankets. Since there are so many patterns of fleece
available, you can make one for all the winter seasons.
of this: a cute Halloween throw, then one for Thanksgiving
with Autumn leaves on it, and one for Christmas in a holiday print.
In January you can have one with snowmen or snowflakes on it,
and follow up with a heart print for Valentine's Day in February.
Finally, decorate with a shamrock throw for St. Patrick's Day.
Usually these tied fleece blankets are made for children, but
adults love to cuddle up with these too! Try making one to
match your family room decor and you'll find yourself reaching for it
each time to sit down to watch TV!
Needed for a Baby Blanket Size (Shown Above):
- 1.5 yards of fleece fabric in pattern of
choice (use 3 yards for an adult blanket)
- 1.5 yards of fleece fabric in a solid
color (choose a color that looks good with the pattern)
Begin the tied fleece blanket by cutting two rectangles of
the same size, from the solid color fleece and the patterned fleece.
For the baby blanket above, the length was 55 iches by 45
inches (or 1.5 yards by 1.25 yards).
2. Place the two pieces of fleece on top of one another, with
the right sides facing out. Using the ruler, measure off 2
inch marks along each side of the rectangle. Cut slits at
each 2 inch mark, cutting up 8 inches in. Make sure you cut
through both pieces of fleece. This creates the tassels.
At the four corners, you will cut out a square you will not
need, to create the look below.
2. To create the tassels, and to hold the two pieces of
fleece together, you will make knots. To properly make the
knot so they are all uniform, do the following technique:
Hold both pieces of fleece together, and wrap them around
your hand, beginning to form a knot (first photo below). Then
bring the end of the fleece through the knot (second photo),
then push the knot up as you tighten in, so it lies close to where the
cuts begin (last photo).
Continue on tying all the tassels, to create a knotted
border, as shown below.
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