How to Make a Tied Fleece Blanket
Homemade Fleece Baby Blanket Without Sewing
I can barely sew on a button, but I do like crafty stuff. This fleece blanket was easy to create and has a homemade touch without sewing. I made two of them as baby gifts for good friends. Fleece fabric is soft—perfect for baby gifts—and you can adjust the size to fit a crib or bed. Another plus about this project: It's very forgiving of minor mistakes!
Below is a complete "how to" guide. Read on and find comments from others who have made this blanket. Feel free to leave your own comment with any questions or tips!
What You Will Need
- Two pieces of fleece fabric
- Sharp scissors (they get really dull after this project)
- Paper clips
Bed or Crib: How Long to Make Your Tied-Fleece Blanket
One of the most common questions I am asked about this project is how long to cut the fabric. My recommendation is to go to the fabric store and ask the attendant to cut the fleece to the dimensions you want.
- A normal twin blanket is 66 x 90 inches.
- A typical crib blanket is 45 by 60 inches.
Note: There are 36 inches in a yard.
Making the Tie-Fleece Blanket: Eight Easy Steps
Buy your fabric. You can buy it on Amazon (they have some great fabrics) or go to a fabric store like JoAnn's Fabric. Choose two for each blanket, one for each side. I prefer a pattern and a solid. The two fleeces should have the texture and thickness. Make sure neither is too thick, or it will be really difficult to cut.
If you go to a fabric store, ask the attendant to cut both pieces the same size. I chose to have each piece of fleece cut to one yard in the blankets pictured above. If you want a larger or smaller blanket, cut accordingly. I found the one-yard size was perfect.
At home, lay the fleece pieces down evenly on top of each other, and clip them together so they don't move.
Choose an edge to start with and fold the two layers up about an inch and a half. Use four or five pieces of tape to secure the fold. Make sure that your fold is even.
Begin cutting along the folded edge. Make your cuts about an inch apart and just past the end of the fold. Continue until you finish the entire side. Be sure to cut evenly.
Remove the tape and begin tying the two layers of fabric together. It's easy to miss a tie, so pay attention so you don't have to go back and re-tie.
Repeat these steps for the remaining three sides. The corners can be a bit tricky. Cut as you did the first side and cut off any corner ties that look awkward so that you have a right angle.
Tie a bow around the blanket and you have a great homemade baby gift!