Updated on August 18, 2018
No-Sew Fleece Blanket. No sewing skills required! In a few simple steps, you can create your own warm and snuggly fleece blanket.
Today I am going to share a quick and easy project almost anyone can do with very few tools – the no-sew fleece blanket. The entire project takes less than an hour from start to finish. Plus, if you can get your fabric on sale you can make this project very inexpensively!
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No-Sew Fleece Blanket
Cut the Fabric
Lay your fabrics on a large surface with right sides together. I find it easiest to simply work on the floor for this step, but you can also lay out your fabric on a large table.
Trim off selvage edges (the parts with the writing on them). Then, trim your fabric so the fabric pieces are the same size.
Note: Often when you get fabric cut at the fabric store, it will be a little uneven. You want to be sure your two pieces are the same size. However, this project is very forgiving. If you have less than a 1/2 inch difference you can probably leave it, as is.
Cut squares out of each corner. You can cut the squares anywhere from 5 to 7 inches. I wouldn’t go much smaller or larger than this. If you cut the square any smaller than 5″ you will not have enough fabric to work with to tie the knots. If you go much larger than 7″ you will have very long strips hanging off your quilt. I cut mine to 5 1/2″. A ruler with guides comes in handy for this step, but you can also mark it off with a regular ruler and trim with scissors.
Use your ruler and cutter to make one inch wide strips around the entire blanket. Each strip will be whatever length you cut your squares. My strips were 1″ wide by 5 1/2″ long. Depending on the size of your fabrics, it may not work out to be exactly 1″ across the entire length. If this happens, I usually just split the difference on the last two strips in the row.
This is what it will look like once you get your strips cut.
Tie the Fabric Together
Find yourself a comfy spot on the couch, put on your favorite show or movie, and get tying! You are going to double knot the strips together. Starting at one edge where you cut your square, take one strip from the top fabric and the matching one from the other fabric underneath and tie a knot.
Then you will tie the second knot. Knotting the strip from to the top layer with the bottom layer will be what holds your two fabrics together.
Continue Tying knots around the entire fabric until the whole blanket is tied. This seems like a long process, but for my blanket, it took me about 15 minutes total. The time-consuming part of this project is cutting all the strips. It definitely goes a lot faster to cut if you have a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Cutting with scissors will double your time involved.
H elpful Tip: As you reach each corner square, be sure you have your strips lined up. I once tied an entire row missing a strip. I had to go back and untie an entire row of strips. If you double check it at each corner, you will only have one row to re-tie rather than the entire blanket!
I purchased my fleece at JoAnn’s when it was on sale over the holidays. I got my fleece for about $2.50 per yard. It goes on sale quite a bit, especially in the winter. If not, use a coupon to get it at a better price. And now at JoAnn’s, you can order online and then pick up in store for free.
These blankets hold up very well to washing. Since it is fleece your strips don’t fray even with repeated washings. These blankets also make great gifts. Make the blanket a little smaller for a baby gift, or a little larger for a grown up. Every member of my family has one now!
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