I’m so glad you’re here! I don’t do a lot of crafty posts, but this is one of my favorites because they are so easy and inexpensive to make, plus they make a lovely and cozy gifts. Come to think of it, I’m snuggled up in this exact blanket right now as I’m writing this!
These hand-tied blankets are fabulous – here are just some of the ones I made with my blogger buddies for a pre-Thanksgiving charitable event called #GivingTuesday. Then we donated them all to a local children’s hospital. Soft, cuddly blankets for sick kids, what could be better?
As you can see, they are quick and easy enough that you can make a bunch of them, although we had a LOT of help with these. We had about 25 bloggers plus a whole Troop of Girl Scouts!
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So, I’m going to share all my BEST tips with you on how to make these fleece blankets. Since I’ve made so many of them, I’ve learned some good tips on what to do and what not (knot?) to do.
This is a fun project for kids too. You may need to do the cutting for them, but they can easily help tie the blankets and I’ve got a fun idea at the end for kids to use up the scraps for their own little project.
Fleece fabric is available at any fabric store in a variety of colors and patterns for a pretty reasonable price. I like to use a bold pattern with a contrasting backing, but you can chose whatever combination you like best. Here are some ideas for your blankets.
Here are some cute fleece fabrics I thought you might like for your own blankets. These are available on Amazon.
The fabric typically comes in a 60 inch width. So to make a square blanket, you need to get about a yard and 2/3rds, although you can make a longer blanket if you prefer. You’ll want to get identical amounts of both the pattern and the backing fabric.
There are different weights of fleece – thin, medium, and thick. If possible, go for the medium weight – the thick is too felt-like and the thin doesn’t make for a nice soft blanket.
Once you have the material, you are ready to start preparing your blanket.