No Sew Fleece Blanket
Have you ever been to a craft fair and not seen a blanket of some sort? No. Baby blankets seem to be so popular and some can get pretty expensive. Well, here is a tutorial on a fleece blanket that my five-year-old daughter actually helped me with. It does not involve any needles or sewing. It was actually quite a tranquil bonding time and it took us a little over an hour to pull together.
Supplies you will need are 2 fleece materials, scissors, safety pins, and a ruler.
- First, find two different fleece patterns or two solid fleece blankets that complement each other. Alternately, use a pattern on one side and a solid color on the other. In my case, I love frogs, so I found an adorable frog pattern for one side and a solid green for the other side. Try different combinations. Some patterns that don’t seem they would go together actually complement each other quite well. You never know what will look good until you try it out in person.
- Decide what size you want your blanket to be. Here are the measurements for your standard bedding. Depending on where you get your material,
- Crib: 45 by 60 inches
- Twin: 66 by 90 inches
- Double or Full: 80 by 90 inches
- Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches
- King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches
- Lay the two pieces of fleece with wrong sides together. Smooth it out because fleece and get pretty curly. I like to pin down my pieces to prevent the fabric from moving all around.
- With sharp scissors, cut the fabric to the size you want. I went with 48 by 60.
- Cut in 3 inches from the edge making sure to go through both layers. Please excuse my Sophia the First measuring stick. Like I mentioned before, my daughter had a big part in the production of this blanket.
- You do not have to be so precise, but I have a bit of an OCD issue so I made sure it was cut to three inches long for each strip. I also cut each strip 1 1/4 inch wide. I do not like them to be too skinny like many tutorials out there for two reasons. One, it is less work if you cut them a bit wider. Second, for my method, if you cut the strips too thin there is a good chance you can accidently rip the strip off completely.
- When you get to the corners, I cut out a 3 inch by 3 inch square. That way, the blanket will not bunch up on the corners. Do this for all four corners.
- Now fold the strip up. Cut a small slit in both layers. I suggest 1/8 of an inch.
- Unfold the strip. Take the ends and tuck in inside the small slit using a pencil or retractable pen. Pull it out slowly and whoa la, you are binding your blanket!
I did mine in an assembly line matter and folded about 6-10 strips at a time while leaving the last strip as a guide for my next group of strips. In my case, my daughter folded the strips up, I followed her and cut, she followed me and tucked, and finally, I pulled them through.
Notice how the fabric on the bottom were exposed on the top once you pull the strip through? Solid colors make for a nice contrast to your pattern. And it looks pretty and conform on both sides so your blanket is a reversible one.
If you are looking for an idea for your child’s next holiday party at school, this is a great project. I prepped the materials and took this to my daughter’s holiday party and had all the kids involved in making 8 blankets. Instead of your typical games, they learned about giving to the community. The second graders were all involved in making these blankets for our local children’s hospital. It was fun, super easy, and a valuable lesson.