I will admit – one of my favorite simple crafts to do that involves very little effort is making no-sew fleece blankets. Just about anyone can do them, even kids, and you can make them any size, with any fun fleece you can find, and they don’t take terribly long at all to make. You can get no-sew fleece blanket kits at Jo-Ann Fabrics (or probably many other places, I’ve only seen them at Jo-Ann’s) – or you can make something a little more personal and do it all yourself! If you take the do-it-yourself route, you can even pick the size of your blanket, and make it as big or as small as you want. I’m sure there are already lots of no-sew fleece blanket tutorials out there, but maybe someone out there will find this helpful, and I’m hoping you’ll all enjoy my tutorial!
As you might remember from my Startitis post, I have some My Little Pony fleece that’s been waiting for this project. My blanket is going to be big enough to cover the bed in my craft room/home office – this way, I can wrap myself in pony goodness if I need to, and I can use it to cover the bed as well! That’s my main reason for doing this – considering nerdy comforters are nearly impossible to find, I may as well make my own. I should have bought that Sailor Moon comforter off eBay ages ago when I saw it for $40…
What you’ll need
- two pieces of fleece, as much as you’ll need for the desired size of your blanket (I purchased two yards of each)
- scissors, sharp ones preferably
- pins – these are optional, but they’ll help keep the two layers of your blanket together
Anyhow! Step one is to cut your blanket down to the size you need. I tend to wing it with stuff like this, instead of measuring it, but the standard size for a twin sized blanket is 66 in by 90 in (and I found this information here, for those curious!). I picked up two yards of each of my fleeces, so I only needed to trim the edge of the pony fleece so the two pieces of fabric are roughly the same size.
Step two is optional – while fleece tends to stick to itself pretty well, you might want to pin the two layers of fleece together just for an extra bit of security – this will make sure the two pieces don’t shift while you’re flipping it around as you cut and knot the blanket. Don’t pin too closely to the edge – you want to leave enough room to cut the fringe around the edges! 🙂
Step three: cut the fringe! This is where the sharp scissors will come in especially handy. You’ll want to make your fringes 5 inches long, and about an inch and a half wide – this way you’ll have enough fabric to tie in knots and have a fringe that’s not too stubby or too long. However, also keep in mind that fringe-making is not an exact science – they won’t all be perfect, and that’s alright. It won’t be noticeable when you’re all done!
When you get to the corners, just cut the corners right out – it’ll leave you with a couple of nice 5-inch squares of fabric. (Which you could maybe use to make a matching pillow!) If your scissors are really sharp, you might be able to cut through multiple layers at once – that’s what I did in order to cut doww on my cutting time, haha.
Step four is the long part. Now you have to knot all these fringes. This is where you might want to put on a good tv show or movie and zone out while you knot away – my show of choice was Lost. The total time it took me to knot this thing was about an hour – it may take more if you’re working on a larger blanket.
And now we’re done! This took a total of maybe an hour and a half to two hours from start to finish – it’s a perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon, or for a quick gift for someone! And if you can find the right fabric, it can be delightfully nerdy as well.