I love these things. Have you tried making one yet? They are so super easy to do. What I love is that I can customize the fabric colors and prints as well as the size. I have made these easy DIY no-sew fleece blankets for my kids but I’ve also made them as baby gifts. They are always a huge hit for baby gifts because let’s face it, those little blankets they sell are just too little. They only last a few weeks or months before they are too small for the child. With these, you can make them toddler-sized when they are not quite ready for a regular twin or full sized blanket yet. There is no sewing involved, it’s just cutting and tying. And now my 5-year-old just helped tie the new ones I made for him which is great for his fine motor.
I would love to be able to figure out how to add weight to these blankets. If we could do this as a DIY weighted blanket it would be a fantastic affordable choice for parents. I just can’t find anything that would be an appropriate weight for DIY weighted blankets. Of course the fleece fabric with licensed characters is a bit more than the other options, but it is still a really affordable way to get a customized blanket that will last for years. My boys have been using the first two I made (in 2008 I think?) every day for more than 6 years and they have been washed numerous times and still look great. Also, I find that the weight of 2 pieces of decent, sturdy fleece does sort of substitute as a lighter weighted blanket.
The blue and orange one in the picture is the first one I did which matches my son’s outer space and rocket theme in his room. It is still so warm and cozy all these years later and he can still use it, hasn’t quite outgrown it yet. The soccer balls is one of the newer ones we made when the boys got twin-sized beds. They much prefer these to bedspreads and loved picking out the fabric themselves at the store.
Here is what you need:
- sharp scissors
- marking pen
- safety pins
- 2 sizes of same-sized fleece, in the size you want plus 8″
- I lay the two pieces of fleece on my living room floor and match them up as precise as I can get.
- Safety pin together about every 12″ or so.
- Cut a piece of cardboard that is 1″ x 4″
- You are going to go around the entire perimeter of the fleece cutting the fringe in the 1″ x 4″ size
- When you are done cutting, you begin tying.
- I tie each pair of fringe twice.
- Periodically as I am tying, I stop every so often and pull on it to keep it flat and matched up.
- I am never terribly precise, but mine still turn out looking good.
- When finished tying, go around one more time and make sure each knot is tight.
- Wash and dry.
One time mine came mostly untied in the washer, I was never able to figure out why. I have never tried having one person starting to tie while the other person is still cutting. I am always afraid that the pulling while tying would affect the cutting and it wouldn’t line up.
Trust me, if this is a craft that I can do….anyone can!