No Sew Fleece Blanket – Easy DIY Gift
I’ve made several no sew fleece blankets this past holiday season, and I have to say it’s really easy, super cute and cheap! All things that I love!
First up you’re going to need two shades of fleece material. You can buy a kit from Joann Fabrics, which is what I did. They come in two sizes, 48″ x 60″ (retail $19.99) or 72″ x 60″ (retail $29.99). Please whatever you do, don’t pay full price. These kits are often 50% off or better. I found the kits to be cheaper than paying for the same fabric by the yard.
The 72″ blanket is large enough for a nice bed throw. The 48″ is good as a lap throw, or for kids.
What I’m going to show you below is a 48″ x 60″ kit. It was on sale for 50% off, plus I had a coupon for an additional 25% off, making the total $7.50. You can’t see it well, but the contrasting color also in the kit is purple.
I should also note this project is super forgiving. You don’t need to be perfect for it to look good.
Here’s what you’ll need-
2 Colors Fleece (by the yard or in a kit)
Masking Tape (optional)
Yard Stick (optional)
Rotary Cutter and Mat (optional)
I laid out an old sheet on the floor, and then placed both pieces of fabric right-sides out.
Trim off the manufactured edges. You may need to do a bit more trimming to square up the blanket.
I’m using 4″ tassels. You can make them a bit longer or shorter, just adjust as necessary.
Cut 4″ squares from each of the corners.
It’s time to cut tassels. Your tassels will be 1″ wide by 4″ in length. Use whatever method is easiest for you to cut these evenly, by using masking tape, drawing a line, or using my method below.
I used my yardstick (which is metal, but shouldn’t matter) and a smaller ruler. I laid out the yardstick and with the smaller ruler measured up 4″ on either side to make sure the stick was straight and even. Actually, I measured 4.5″ inches up, so when my rotary cutter touched the yardstick to was time to stop. For scissors, I measured 5″ up, so when the tip of the scissors touched the yardstick it was time to stop. This is all up to you, and the cutter you’re using. Just make sure you’re consistent.
After everything is cut your blanket should look something like this-
Now it’s time to tie the tassels from the front and back together. I used a regular ‘ol square knot, and that works just fine.
Be consistent in the direction you tie the knots. Meaning always start with the left side, etc.
Once you’ve tied all the ends, you’ve got a complete blanket!
I put mine in the dryer for a few minutes along with a fabric softener sheet. This helps remove some of the fuzzies that occur during cutting.
This blanket took about 2.5 hours from start to finish.
Wrap and you have a super-awesome handmade gift for not a lot of money!
Now that you know how to make these, there’s lots of licensed fabrics by the yard for Disney characters (think Frozen!), sports teams, Christmas designs, etc. You could totally even make custom colors for your local high school, for those ice-cold stadium games!
Stay tuned for my next post, how to use the same fleece to make a super easy winter hat!