Step-by-step Instructions on How to Make a Fleece Blanket: No Sewing Skills Required

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Everything you need for the project.
Everything you need for the project.

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As the air gets nippy, do you wish you have a throw on your sofa to snuggle in? Are you looking for a blanket to take to your son’s football game? Or do you suffer from blanket envy when your friends show off their hand quilted blankets with fancy bows and designs? If you’re, you’ve come to the right place—you can make your own fleece blanket in one hour and you’re learning it from someone who hates to sew so much, she would rather pull out weeds in the garden. In short, this is making fleece blanket for dummies (now, I’m not suggesting you’re one) but I’m one, for sure.

Not too long ago, when Haiti was devastated by earthquake, there was an effort to make blankets to send away. They were making blankets but what can I do?—I totally, absolutely hate sewing. The lady in charge assures me that there is place for people like me—she will show me how to make fleece blankets—no needles, just a pair of hands, some nimble tying skills and if I can operate a pair of scissors—then, no excuse, really.

That effort turns into an ongoing project. So, every first Saturday of the month, I join a bunch of ladies to make quilts/fleece blankets to send off to wherever there is a need....Chile, Ecuador or a foster home in Los Angeles.

Now, if you’re looking to make one for your own use, for a family member, a friend or the homeless down the street, this project is totally easy. Forget the snuggies you are going to get this Christmas. Let’s get going:

You’ll need:

  • One 2 yard by 2 yard fleece fabric ( You can easily get this at the crafts or fabric store..and you can stipulate your own size of fleece fabric too).
  • 1 good pair of scissors
  • One 5” by 5” square cutout (good idea if you plan on making more than one blanket as it serves as your measuring guide). Using sturdy cardboard paper, draw a 5’” by 5” square, mark one inch off the edge to use as a guide when cutting fringe. We will designate this cutout as the "green card" for easy reference. This will momentarily become clearer.

First cut out edge of fleece material as it is bumpy and will present a challenge when cutting fringe. There is usually one on each side of the fleece material.

Step 1

If your fabric comes with an edge, snip it off.
If your fabric comes with an edge, snip it off. | Source

Put the green card on corner of fleece fabric and use scissors to cut out a square. You should cut out all four corners.

Step 2

LIne green card on one corner and cut fabric along edges.
LIne green card on one corner and cut fabric along edges. | Source

Starting on one side, place square cutout one inch from the edge and cut along it.

Step 3

Using the 1" mark on the green card, cut along green card.  You should get 1" by 5" strip.
Using the 1" mark on the green card, cut along green card. You should get 1" by 5" strip. | Source

Continue cutting along one side of fleece until you make a fringe with one inch interval. It should look like this:

Step 4

You should get a fringe of strips like this.
You should get a fringe of strips like this. | Source

Once you’re done cutting all the fringes around 4 sides of the fleece, take one strip and tie it into a knot. Continue tying all the strips into knots, so they look nice and finished.

Step 5

Tie each strip into a knot--fringe of knots.
Tie each strip into a knot--fringe of knots. | Source

Your blanket is ready. Needed: One cold body in need of some cuddly warmth.

Finished Specimen--Blanket good enough to show off.

Simple and easy--you can make one for yourself or to give it away.
Simple and easy--you can make one for yourself or to give it away. | Source
Polka the dots--when circles are beautiful and blue is cool.
Polka the dots--when circles are beautiful and blue is cool. | Source

If you want to separate yourself from the dummies, you may want to consider these professional tools:

  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary Cutter (cuts like pizza cutter, resulting in straight lines)
  • Measuring tape

If you want to personalize the blanket, there are many motifs to choose from:

  • Animals (dogs, cats, etc—appropriate for pet lovers)
  • Seasons (Christmas, winter, spring, fall)
  • Nature (flowers, landscape)
  • Games (softball, football, soccer, basketball)
  • More….

If you prefer a warmer fleece blanket:

Instead of one piece of fleece material, use two at one go. Line the two pieces up and proceed with the same instructions.

Warning:

Making fleece blanket my be addictive....proceed only after due consideration.But rest assured, it's a happy healthy habit.

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nenytridiana 4 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

Oh.. that is beautiful. I have no sewing skill, it will be perfect for me. Thank you angi.


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Ania L 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Really nice and easy to follow project :) Knotted strips looks really cool, thanks


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TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

Great stuff! I love being creative - but hate sewing. This I can do and I like the knots. Thanks a million for such a well done article - and rated way up.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

nenytridiana, yes, perfect for non-sewers like us. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Ania, for commenting. YOu'll be pleased with the finished work:)


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Listlady, maybe, we can get together to do a bunch for the holidays. Appreciate your positive feedback.


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

For someone who can't even hold a needle properly, this is perfect. Thank you so much!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Kikalina, yes, perfert for people like us. Glad you like it.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had shown this hub to my mother. She love this hub very much and she asked my to bookmark this information. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. Vote up as always. Cheers....

Prasetio


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Now angin, I have no abilities when it comes to math and measuring. I have made charity and gift fleece blankies by punching holes with a leather tool (like a paper puncher, only for leather) and crocheting the edges. I have never made one of these blankies with the fringe, and I would pity the poor child who would be getting one that I made. Very nice Hub, though. I only expect the best from you! Voted up and everything else. Perfectly timed for the holidays.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, this is just lovely, nice easy step by step guide, voting up and thank you for sharing, best wishes MM


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

prasetio, glad your mom likes it. Please say hi to her for me. I'm always happy to hear from you and once again, thank you very much.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Arlene, you never fail to crack me up. I'm sure your fleece blankets are lovely--actually, it must be way harder to have to crochet the edges. I'll stick to tying knots. Thanks for commenting and rating it up. Appreciate it very much.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, MM (thanks for shortening it for me) for commenting. Always loves it when you drop by.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

How cute! It's very easy, too. Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely idea and step-by-step instructions. Plus, I really appreciate your "warning." LOL I can see how this could become quite addictive! :)


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Om, warning not to be taken lightly--don't blame me when you become a fleece addict of sorts--hehe. Thanks for your comments--apprecite it very much.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

My husband is a Denver Broncos fan, so I made him a fleece blanket. He is 6'4", so I didn't bother with fringe. To keep the fleece lovely and long-lasting, I don't use Bounce or any fabric softener. He does love his blankie. I should take your cue and make one for me since the cold weather is coming up. If I make one with a fringe, I'm the only one who will notice the mistakes. I'm such a wimp with the cold that I will probably double up on the fleece. Fleece is wonderful!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Arlene, wow, your husband is a really big guy. Bet no one dare mess with you when he's around--haha--he must also needs a lot of fleece. No one will notice the mistakes, anyway, there's a beauty to imperfection that I appreciate. I'm always cold too, so let's say we double up on fleece. Say cheese? I know, it's cheesy but only you will apprecite this kind of silliness:))


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

So lovely. I wish I could make such a lovely Blanket. This is a project I need to do with someone. Maybe I'll start with a very small one for now.

Thanks for the guidance.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Lady E, you can make this in less than 2 hours. Enjoy the process and thanks for dropping by to comment.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Anglnwu, this is a neat ongoing project that you are a part of, what a neat way to volunteer! Twice, I helped to make this kind of blanket, but never have I done it from start to finish. Now I can make these all the time and share them with people or groups in need. Kudos for helping out others that way. :) Great hub!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

I agree, oceansunsets, this is a neat way to help those in need. I'm sure you'll find use for yours when you are done. Thanks for dropping by with your kind comments.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

anglnwu, you are a talented non-sew-er! Glad to read your instructions on making this fleece blanket. And let me express my appreciation for your volunteer project...you are indeed a 'light in the darkness'.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Haha, thanks, froggyfish--tying knots require great talent. I appreciate your visit and so glad to see you here.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a wonderful way to be involved in providing blankets for the needy! Linking this to mine on using fleece blankets, if you have no objection!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Rtalloni, agree--making blankets and giving them away is a wonderful way to give back. Please link--will love nothing more than that. Thanks again for commenting.

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