Easy no-sew fleece blankets come to the rescue! ~ Easy single knot edge!

On the cusp of the holiday season, many of us are thinking ahead and making lists to guide our crafting fingers. But maybe there's just too much to do! When will we ever have time to complete presents for everyone on our list?

Frankly, the infants among us just aren't aware of the season enough to even consider they'll be getting gifts. So, if you're pressed for time, you can make a quick no-sew fleece blanket (as you would for baby) with an appropriate family theme and give one gift to the whole family!

For a family no-sew fleece blanket, consider their favorites

For a family no-sew blanket, choose blizzard fleece with a pattern that reflects a family favorite, something that indicates their solidarity and is part of their family identity. Perhaps a sports theme or a pet motif?

For this no-sew fleece blanket, I found a cute doggie and dog bones pattern at Joann's Fabrics during their Fall Fleece Sale, for a family with several dogs. I figure if they don't mind the dog hair in the house, then it's okay on the blanket. Besides, fleece is so easy to clean! Machine wash, tumble dry!

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General instructions for no-sew fleece blankets

As for all no-sew fleece blankets, purchase two pieces of complementary material the same size. Most fleece is about 58-60 inches wide, and you'll want 1 ¼ yards of each. That gives you an almost 45x60 inch blanket, ample for adults or children. I chose a tan anti-pill fleece to match the doggie fleece.

Doggie and tan complementary fleecesDoggie and tan complementary fleeces
See the selvedge curl toward the right side of the fabric?See the selvedge curl toward the right side of the fabric?

Line up one fabric on top of the other with right sides facing out. To determine the right side of a solid color blizzard fleece, check the selvedge edges. The selvedge curls over to the RIGHT side. To check using a cut edge, use both hands about 6 inches apart to gently grasp an edge, then pull sideways. The fleece will curl to the WRONG side.

You can pin the pieces together about 3 inches from the edge. I don't usually, because the friction of fleece tends to keep top and bottom together. Be sure to cut the selvedge edges off and make sure both top and bottom pieces are exactly the same size.

The picture shows a 4 inch square corner, but I increased it to a 5 inch cut-out so the fringe would be a little longer. Silly me forgot to take a different picture!The picture shows a 4 inch square corner, but I increased it to a 5 inch cut-out so the fringe would be a little longer. Silly me forgot to take a different picture!

Cut a 5 inch square from all four corners. Then cut the strips for tying.


Easy single-knot method for  tying this no-sew blanket

Notice the significant difference of the fringe length after tying in a single knot.Notice the significant difference of the fringe length after tying in a single knot.


Using the single knot method for tying a no-sew fleece blanket makes the fringe about half the length you start with. For example, on this blanket, the 5 inch strips end up being approximately 2 ½ - 3 inch fringe.




Keeping the two parts of each fringe together, loop them around your finger, then tuck through the loop and pull. Looping to the front or back will affect the color of the knot, so experiment first to see which way you want to do it. Then do all of them the same way for a consistent appearance. Or alternate them, if you wish. Use your creative judgment!

This shows the different fringe effect, depending on how you tie your single knot. I didn't tie the two samples tightly because they don't match my pattern.
You can have alternate color fringe or an alternate color knot. Try a couple loose knots before deciding!

Happy Holidays to a precious family!

Once you have gone all the way around the blanket, the gift is ready to be wrapped! You have created a fun, thoughtful gift that the whole family can enjoy, and baby will grow up recognizing the theme in the context of his or her own family experience. You are such a considerate friend!

I especially like the tan border of knots on the red doggie side of the no-sew blanket!I especially like the tan border of knots on the red doggie side of the no-sew blanket!

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