I made my first no-sew fleece blanket last Spring. My mother had made one for each of my boys to use at her house and they really liked them. I bought the fleece at Joann Fabrics and made the blankets for both boys and they loved them. When I was shopping at Joann Fabrics a few weeks ago I came across fleece that had a school days theme. I decided to buy it and make a blanket for the boys’ preschool teacher for Christmas.
When I make these blankets I lay out the front and the back of the fleece, with wrong sides together, on the floor on top of the cutting board. I find it best to do this after my kids are in bed. I then slide the cutting board around under the fleece so that the corner of the fleece blanket lines up with the one-inch squares on the cutting board. At that point I cut out a 6 or 7 inch square from the corner of the blanket and repeat the same process on all four corners.
Once the corners are cut out I slide the cutting board out from under the fleece and I lay it on top of the fleece. I fold over one side of the blanket so that you no longer see the cut out corners on that side and I slide the cutting board right up to the fold. I line up the cutting board so that the edge of the folded fabric will line up with a one-inch square on the cutting board. Once I have everything lined up I then use the one-inch squares on the cutting board as a guide to cut a fringe in the fleece. I cut from the bottom of the fabric up to the fold. Keeping the cutting board under the fabric allows you to cut the fringe without having to mark the fabric every inch. I find that it just makes the process go a bit faster. Once the fringe has been cut all of the way across I slowly push the cutting board into the fold and then the fringe is eventually pushed off of the cutting board and lies flatly on the floor. By doing it this way the fleece fabric will not shift all over and the fringe will line up nice and flat. Repeat this process on the other three sides.
Once the fringe is cut it is time to knot the top and bottom pieces of the fabric together. Instead of tying a knot where you just cross the two pieces of fabric over each other, much like tying a shoe, I choose to do more of an overhand knot. I hold the two pieces of fleece fringe together and wrap it over the top of my finger and back through the opening in the fabric under my finger. I then slowly slide the knot up to the edge of the blanket. If you do it too fast the knot will get tight before you reach the edge of the blanket and then your knots will not be even. Tying the knots in this fashion also allows for the knots to lay a bit flatter and look a little smoother.
Once you tie the knots in all of the fringe you are finished! You now have a nice and warm fleece blanket. When my boys’ fleece blankets need to be washed I usually just wash them on cold and put them in the dryer to dry them. Sometimes a knot or two will come undone but I just check it when I take it out of the dryer to make sure that any undone knots are knotted again.
I really enjoy making these blankets because they are so soft and cozy and are really not a lot of work and they do not take a lot of time. I have bought some Christmas fleece for the boys and will be making them Christmas blankets for them. Since they enjoy the fleece so much I also have some fleece to make them each robes but that will be a project for another post.