Crafting a blanket without sewing, quilting or needles of any kind makes the No-Sew Fleece Blanket a unique gift and a perfect service project. For an individual, one of the charms of a No-Sew Fleece Blanket is that it can be tailor made to your personal interest, favorite team or specific hobby. Best of all, this warm and cozy wrap comes with the caring qualities of a handmade gift.
No-Sew Fleece Blankets brings groups of kids or adults together for a service project without the risk of sewing or quilting supplies. Children's hospitals and shelters have an ongoing need for warm blankets. To order fleece in bulk, Pico Textiles online specializes in large quantities of fleece at a discount. A minimum order of two yards of fleece still receives a 10% discount. Pico Textiles will cut the fleece for you; shipping it immediately to be received within a week.
No-Sew Fleece Blanket
First, Gather Material and Supplies
1 1/2 yards each of 2 coordinating fleece's, 58" to 60" wide*
Ruler or yardstick
Table or other flat surface
*The fleece is where you personalize. Choose a fleece displaying a special interest, such as the Indiannapolis Colts or Dora the Explorer. The coordinating fleece should be a solid. Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart and fabric stores will carry popular options. Prices range from $4 to $9 per yard. One blanket costs between $13 to $15 to make. For a personal gift, consider having one piece of the fleece monogrammed before putting the blanket together.
Second, Prepare Fabric
On a flat surface, stack two pieces of fleece on top of each other, wrong sides together. Place printed fabric on top and solid on the bottom. Two solids can be used if you desire. Trim salvage from both fabrics, keeping them as even in size as possible.
Cut 5" squares out of all four corners, cutting through both pieces of fabric.
Create fringe. Begin one inch from the end of the cut out square. Cut a 5" slit through both pieces of fleece. Continue cutting slits about one inch apart all the way around on all four sides. Eyeball it; there's no need to measure it exactly. Don't worry if it's not exactly even; fleece is very forgiving.
Third,Tie Fringe Together
Tie two coordinating fringe pieces together as if tying shoelaces. Start with the bottom piece of fringe in your left hand, tie a knot, and the coordinating or solid color should end up on top. Double knot the fringe, ending with the solid color on top of the print.
When double knots have been completed around all four sides, brush all the fringe out to the side. Smooth it out as much as possible.
Fourth, Shape the Blanket
Lightly pull on the four sides of the blanket to stretch it out and square it up. Fluffing the blanket in a dryer will remove loose lent from the fleece.
Fold the blanket in thirds. Start from the narrow end and roll like a sleeping bag. Tie with ribbon or a long piece of salvage from your fleece.
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