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