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A handmade fleece
blanket with chain edge will comfort any baby, no matter how old they get to
I've been making fleece blankets for my grandbabies this year for Christmas. One of them is now a sophomore at university! She is an exquisite young lady with many accomplishments under her belt, but she also has a strong sense of family and an appreciation of hard work.
So this almost no-sew blanket is for her! I chose a chic fleece design in contemporary colors to enhance her college dorm room decor.
Since this is mostly a no-sew blanket, you must buy fleece that will not unravel! The fleeces I used were an anti-pill blizzard fleece and a raised dot fleece. Check for frayability by gently pulling on a cut side with both hands. If the edge simply curls to one side, then you have found fleece for a no-sew blanket. However, if the edge begins to pull apart, save it for a sewing project.
Place your two pieces of fleece on top of each other with WRONG SIDES together. It's best to pin them or use binder clips at this point as you prepare to cut them the same size.
Then cut your fleece so that they are identical in size.
Fold each fringe over a little and make a tiny ¼ inch snip near the end with super sharp scissors. When unfolded, this will be a cut about ½ inch long. (Big cuts look sloppy to me. That's why I keep them small.) Keep the snip near the end of the fringe, but not so close that the fabric will tear.
For this type of edging, I like to begin “chaining” about 2/3 down one of the long sides. It keeps the turn at the corner smooth. Also, the end of the chain can be made unnoticeable here, if you want.
As you can see in the picture, the “chain” rests on the top side of the blanket (the side that is facing up) and makes a decorative edge. So decide which color you want to make the border. I opted to let the black frame the blue dot fabric. So the blue is the facing-up fabric.
What direction you work in really doesn't matter. I am right-handed so I work left to right. Just work in the opposite direction if you are a southpaw.
1. Pick up one set of fringe (top and bottom fringe together). Fold it in half lengthwise.
2. Feed it through the little hole on the fringe right behind it (whatever direction you’re working).
3. Pull the "chain link" through.
Repeat these steps and continue in this manner all around the blanket. The corners will lay really nicely since you cut out the 2 inch squares.
When you get back to where you started, you have a choice to make. You can finish in a completely no-sew fashion by cutting the last fringe in half lengthwise and tying off. I could not make this work for me no matter how hard I tried! To get the knot tied securely around the chain in front of it, the blanket would not lay flat.
Instead, I opted to lay the last fringe over the beginning and sew a one-inch button over it! Got this idea from Claire Chitko on youtube.
So this blanket is almost a no sew fleece blanket, except for the stitches to attach the button. But it turned out to be so stylish! My granddaughter was excited to take it back to school with her!