Fleece blankets are awesome. And I’m not just saying that because I live in a drafty apartment in a very cold area. Okay, maybe that’s a little bit why I’m saying it. But that doesn’t make it any less true. There isn’t much that’s better than making a hot cup of tea and curling up in a comfy chair with a good book, wrapped in a fleece blanket. Or, if you’re like me and don’t sleep with a comforter, a fleece blanket is the best way to take the extra chill off at night.
The very best thing about fleece blankets is that they are SO EASY to make. Why? Because you don’t have to sew. I mean, I really shouldn’t have any aversion to sewing. My mom is an artist with a sewing machine and quilting needle. In fact, the reason I don’t sleep with a comforter is because she made me a gorgeous quilt that is much, much better than any down-filled contraption I could buy from a store. Anyway, no sewing involved. In fact, depending on your preference, you may not even need to pin it…
Steps for Making a Fleece Blanket
1. Get an appropriate amount of fleece. You will need a back panel and a front panel. They don’t have to be different patterns, but it’s really fun to have a reversible blanket, so I would advise two complementary fleeces. I got two yards of each fabric for my own cuddle blanket, and one yard of each to make two kitty blankets.
2. Place the two pieces of fleece on top of each other, back to back. Make sure the front side of each fleece, if there is one, is facing the outside. Trim the fleeces, if necessary, to get rid of selvedge and ensure that the two pieces are the same size. You can pin the front and back together if you want, but I
am too lazy find that it isn’t necessary because the fleece sticks to itself. If you pin them, make sure the pins are at least 5-6 inches in from the edge or they’ll get in the way of your cutting.
3. Cut 4-to-5-inch squares in each corner.
4. Start cutting 1-inch-wide strips of the same length as the squares you cut out of the corners. As you go, tie the front and back strips in double knots. This binds the blanket together as you go. After you cut all the way around the fleece, keeping the strips at the same length/width, and tie all the knots, you will have your fleece blanket! See? No sewing.
As the blanket gets a lot of use, you may find that you need to re-tie some of the knots. If this is a big problem…well, maybe you should look into making blankets that have to be sewn.
Edit: A very wise commenter (my mother) advises that square knots should prevent the knots from coming undone.