DEC
13
2011

No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket Tutorial

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I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but they make me feel all “crafty”. I break out my knitting needles (more on that to come), I start making Christmas decorations, cookies, and this year I made these super soft no sew fleece blankets! You really can’t beat these in the cold snowy winter months!

I’ve made them before and the kids absolutely love them. Since ours are well worn, I decided to replace a few of them with new ones. The good news about these is that they’re so easy and quick! Minus your trip to the store for fleece, you can literally have one of these blankets done within about 2 hours…give or take.

Since this is the 12 Days of Christmas and all, I really wanted to make a more festive red and white blanket, but the crew out voted me and we went for the bright pink.

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Supplies:

1 .  You will need 2 pieces of fleece Fabric at least 40 inches or wider (most are 54 inches)

  • Toddler/Crib Size: 1 1/2 yards of each piece of fleece, the print and the solid
  • Child size 1 3/4 yards of each piece
  • Teen/Adult size 2 yards of each piece

2.  Sharp Scissors or I use a Fiskars Rotary Cutter, so much faster!

3.  Ruler or tape measure (I’m using a Fiskars 3×18 Clear Acrylic Quilting Ruler)

4. Optional: Cutting Mat if you are using the rotary cutter. (I use a 24×36 Self Healing Mat, but you just need one large enough to do a 7 inch strip, so a regular sized 12×12 mat would be fine too.)

 

Instructions:

STEP 1: Lay both pieces of fabric on the floor with the WRONG sides touching. (The right sides will be facing out so you can see them) Carefully trim away any of the seam edges. This is also to make the edges of both fabrics match up.

TIP: It is easiest to cut BOTH pieces of fabric at the same time.

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STEP 2: Once your edges are straight, cut a 7 in x 7 in square from each corner, do this on all 4 corners, again cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time.

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STEP 3: Using your rotary cutter or scissors, cut 7 in deep strips  at 1 inch widths apart all the way down each side, again cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time. Tip: The strips of fringe don’t have to be exactly 1 inch, you can eyeball it, but just try to make them basically the same width.

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Like so: (Sorry for the dark picture, I do these kinds of things at night :o)

 

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STEP 4: Once all of your fringe is cut,  you can start tying hand knots. I tie using a square knot. Make sure not to skip any strips or you will have a mess on your hands. (Alternate method: If you’d like your fringe to alternate colors along the edge, you can tie every other one, flip the blanket, then go back through and tie the remaining fringe.)

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Here’s a close-up of the knots:

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STEP 6: Let the kids in.

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STEP 7: Then go and make another one…

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STEP 8:  Then enjoy your new cozy fleece blankets and a Christmas movie! (I realize that my poor son is in the middle of a lot of pink here. Don’t pity him, he has his very own blue and red “Cars” blanket upstairs on his bed.)

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Note: These particular blankets (and most of my supplies) were purchased as a buy one get one free deal from my local JoAnn’s store so they ended up being about $15 per blanket. Depending on the fleece you choose cost shouldn’t be much higher than that.

Happy Tying!

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Comments

  1. So absolutely adorable! And the blankets are too. :-)

  2. You are so creative! Nice idea! Thank you for sharing:)

  3. Thank you for this tutorial! I am making fleece blankets for our siblings, but I’ve never done it before. I am so glad I now have directions (with picutures!) to follow!! :)

    Blessings,
    Heather

  4. I love these blankets! I made one for my daughter when she was about a year old. It has been her “blankie” ever since then. Wonderful tutorial. :)

  5. So cute!! A friend of mine made Sammy a no sew blanket like that but she attached his name to one side! He is in love!

  6. Completely adorable!!! Did you iron the owls/trees, etc. on? Did those come from JoAnn’s also? So stinkin’ cute!!

  7. I LOVE owls!! I have been wanting to try this forever!

  8. Thanks so much for putting this on here! I have made these for years…never thought to use a rotary cutter…DUH! I wish I would have seen these earlier as I just got done making the three blankets for Christmas presents this past week…but I will remember from now on! They turned out so cute!

  9. I made three of these in Fall when things started getting a little chilly in the morning. All of them have come untied. I tied them again…tighter…and they still came undone. I guess I’ll have to secure them with the sewing machine. I’m curious to see if yours stay together.

  10. I love the pattern! Where did you get the owl fabric at?

  11. What kind of knots did you use? Square knot using both pieces separate, or just a single knot with both pieces used at once? I noticed another Mom said hers kept coming undone. I would love to do this for my granddaughters, but I don’t want it being brought back for Mimi to fix! ;)

    I love easy blankets! So cute too!!

  12. LOL @ “Step 6: Let the kids in!” :)

  13. I received my fleece blanket for Christmas 2 years ago. Employee’s wife made it and has my name of it. It is the warmest throw and very soft. Mine stays on the back porch for those chilly nights and mornings having coffee with my Honey.

    Thanks for sharing

  14. These are SO cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. I have made 2 of my three children these type of blankets but I wish I had had a tutorial like this when I was doing mine. My corners are not the most beautiful thing, but the kids love them. Just waiting for my youngest to get a year older then I will make her one.

  16. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  17. Thank you! I have been searching the web for clear directions and then your post popped up. This looks so easy to follow. About how long does it take to make a blanket? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  18. Amber Gavin says:

    Wow, what a great idea! I’ve just started homeschooling my girls and they LOVE to do arts and crafts. I see an art project!

  19. This is a great tutorial. I love tie fleece blankets and they are so easy to make. Thanks for the pictures as well. This will make it easier to make a tie blanket. Thanks again. Also, I like the “Who’s For Peace” pattern on the blanket. I will have to look for that.

    • I literally just finished my first one! I have 3 more to make for xmas..took me a couple hours with a couple breaks…super easy! the rotary cutter is a must, in my opinion, couldn’t have imagined doing it with scissors!

  20. Really silly question from a non-sewer…but is fleece expensive?

    • I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby. I went (today) due to the fleece sale of 30% on one of them, while the other was purchased with their 40% store coupon (get it from website or iPhone app). Check Walmart and other related fabric stores. Various stores have pre-made kits, I found them to be about the same price but many were young child themed. Fleece @ HL was $11.99/yard not including all the discounts.

  21. IMPORTANT QUESTION:

    My first! Bought my supplies today! Was curious why the corners are cut out?

    Thanks for the clear step by step instruction.

    BTW, not a home school parent, but an online cyber school parent!

    • The corners are cut out so when the ties are tied together the blanket actually comes out square at the corners. The extra fabric needs to be removed for this to happen. It makes sense once you start tying the two together. Fear not. It is fun and quick. You can work your way around in no time, and if you have help, well even less. Square knots work just fine.

  22. I have made four of these in the past. They are wonderful. They are also very expensive. Fleece is not cheap, especially if you want it to be actual blanket-sized. And you need a fairly large area on the floor in order to put one of these together. As an aside, I also made matching pillows using ready-made pillow forms, from the extra fabric. May or may not be something I would tackle again due to the price.

  23. Thanks so much for the clear instructions and the ideas about tools to make the job easier. My daughter is going to make these blankets as a craft and party favor for her 11th birthday this summer, themed around an overnight camp-out.

  24. this was great mines for my daughter when she’s at the rink at comps (she does figure skating) now she will stay warm :)

  25. Very cute!!!
    Question: If I wanted to make this for an adult, would I use the same measurements for the fleece?

  26. I have made many of these and find that 2 yards of each is a good size for an adult. I make the fringe 5″- 6″ long for the adult ones. If you sew, I have found that men sometimes prefer less fringe, so I sew the long edges together and just tie the fringe along the short edges. When sewing, I have used both a straight stitch or a decorative stitch, usually using 2 rows of stitching. I stitch about a quarter inch from the edge and then the second row another quarter inch in, using a longer stitch length. Be sure to start and stop stitching 5″- 6″ in from both edges (depending on the length of your fringe). Great post with clear instructions!

  27. Great tutorial sharing with the photo of how to do. i have to try it out today.

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