While shopping for fabric to make a
no-sew fleece blanket for my granddaughter Bellany, I found this
super-cute owl print fleece as a remnant, the last yard on the bolt.
Since her parents are not really into the traditional boy-blue,
girl-pink baby color scheme, I decided to make the back side lime
When I laid the owl fabric out to make
my measurements, I found that it was cut quite raggedy on one edge.
Fortunately, the width got bigger than 36 inches instead of smaller,
41” at the widest. While considering how best to proceed with the
project, I thought I'd make it 36 x 40 inches. That would account for
the 3 inches per side that I'd be cutting to make the no-sew edging
and still make a decent size fleece baby blanket, 30 x 34.
Now I want you to know that I actually have never worked with fleece before; it can be quite stretchy and slippery. So instead of my usual measuring and cutting with scissors, I opted to get myself an early Christmas present, a fabric cutting board, ruler, and a rotary cutter.
How did I ever live without these!!
The cutting mat is self-healing, which means that your rotary blade won't hurt it, so it will last a long time. I read the Amazon reviews and decided to get the mat that will fold in half. See the wavy edge in the picture? When the board is opened, the wavy joint does not affect the rotary cutting. Plus the board has no-slip grips on the back side. By the way, these three items are available as a kit if you don't want to take a lot of time searching around.
(All self-healing cutting mats must be stored flat, which is why I opted for the 24 x 36 inch size that folds in half, to take up less space. I love it!)
The general directions for a no-sew fleece blanket are quite simple:
And that's basically it!
2. I laid both fabrics on top of each other with right sides facing out, being careful to match the sides carefully. You can pin it at this point, if it makes you more comfortable, but I didn't.
3. To cut a square out of each corner, I used a 3 inch square sticky note as a template, because I wanted 3" fringe. If you want longer fringe, make your square corner cutout larger.
4. From here, lots of
enthusiastic crafters would just eyeball (estimate) the width of the fringe at
a little over an inch, then cut. However, since this was my first
no-sew fleece blanket, I made a template using another sticky note
and cut it 1¼ inches wide. Using this template, I cut the fringe
all along one side of the blanket at a time.
At this point, you may opt to tie the bottom fringe to the top fringe with a double knot (Step 5 of the general directions). If you do, then you're done after you've gone all the way around. Kudos!
5. But I didn't want all those bulky knots in the blanket that might make baby Bellany uncomfortable. No Princess and the Pea effect for my grandbaby! Plus, the visual effect of all those knots is like fireworks going off every which way. Fireworks are fun, and I like the fireworks effect, just not for this particular no-sew fleece blanket. So I chose a flatter method of finishing the edges.
Doing one edge of the blanket at a time, I flipped the fringe up onto the blanket. Using scissors, I made a very tiny cut through both layers of fabric. This is the hole for looping the fringe. Right at this stage, I discovered that my scissors were not sharp enough to make tiny cuts. I had to be reeeally careful! (The cut in the picture is too big; I have decided to invest in a pair of Fiskars scissors. They have an excellent reputation for maintaining a sharp edge!)
I then used a double-loop method to finish the fringe.
Double-loop method: Each fringe has a top and bottom piece. Put the bottom piece through the tiny hole of the top piece and pull through. Then, put the new bottom piece through the tiny hole in the new top piece again and pull through. Tug it a little and lay it flat.
Do each set of fringe the same way all around the blanket.
Honestly, this is one of the simplest, cutest no-sew fleece blankets ever! It's a popular choice for crafters who make baby blankets to donate to various charitable causes. Probably because it's such an easy pattern that even children can do it! Also, it washes up quite well, without the loops coming undone. If any of them do loosen up, just tug on them a little, and the blanket is good to go!