Wednesday, October 10, 2012

B is for Blanket :: A No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket Tutorial

B is for "Beaver Believer" Blanket

Initially I wasn't going to have Snuggles (help) make a blanket like the girls did during B week, but when we were checking out our brand new (!!!) Jo-Ann Craft Store and noticed the Beaver themed fabric we couldn't resist!  The girls still love their blankets and with winter coming our little Snuggles could really use his own warm snuggly blanket anyways.   As we were headed to the check-out, fabric in hand, Rose kept saying "My blanket-uh?!" while pointing to the fabric aisles... Since it's going to be a few years before she does the Alphabet Path I think I might need to surprise her with her own blanket for either her birthday or Christmas...  I need to go back and look for some pretty rose covered fleece!


No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket Tutorial

Supplies:

Two pieces of Fleece Fabric - One Print and One Solid:  (We made the "Child Size.")
  • Toddler/Crib Size: 1 1/2 yards of each piece of fleece 
  • Child Size 1 3/4 yards of each piece
  • Teen/Adult Size 2 yards of each piece

Ruler or tape measure (We used a Fiskars 3-Inch-by-18-Inch Clear Acrylic Quilting Ruler.)

Sharp Scissors (We used a Fiskars Rotary Cutter.  SO much faster!)

Optional: Cutting Mat if you are using the rotary cutter. (I used a 12x18 Inch Self Healing Mat, though any size that is large enough to do a 7-Inch strip will work.)


Directions:

STEP 1: Lay both pieces of fabric on the floor with the WRONG sides touching. (The right sides will be facing out so you can see them.) Cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time, carefully trim away any of the seam edges while making sure the edges of both fabrics match up.


STEP 2: Once your edges are straight, cut a 7"x7" Square from each of the 4 corners, once again cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time.  


STEP 3: Using either scissors or a rotary cutter, cut 1 " wide and 7" deep strips around all four sides of the blanket, again cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time.


STEP 4: Once all of your fringe is cut, start tying hand knots. I tied this blanket using a square knot. Make sure not to skip any strips! (Alternate method: If you’d like your fringe to alternate colors along the edge, you can tie every other one, flip the blanket, then go back through and tie the remaining fringe.)



And that is all there is to it!   


This Blanket craft was fun and all, but I am so excited to share our Block craft from this week!  
The Blocks are all turning out B-eautifully!  I'm starting to wonder who is enjoying the Alphabet Path more, Snuggles or his Momma! ;) 

10 comments:

  1. Thank you!!!! I thought you were brilliant when you mentioned the "B" is for Blanket on the older B post. Just this evening my husband and I were in WalMart where they have some blanket kits. I read the directions and explained to my hubby that we have blankets that need to be put together and never even thought of knots. Then, tonight, here is your tutorial!!! I love your ideas and am so grateful that you share them here. God bless!

    Kristen in TN

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    1. That is so funny! What timing!! :) Have fun making your blankets!

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  2. How long did it take to complete? I have a four year old who wants to do this project.
    Thanks!
    Prudence

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  3. I think it took about 1 1/2- 2 hours, from start to finish. (It took longer when I used scissor with the girls, the rotary cutter really saved time!) We did it on a Sunday afternoon after Mass and Brunch. Snuggles helped line up the fabric, I did all the cutting (I helped him cut a few strips), and then he helped with the knot tying. He would tie about 10 knots, get tired, run off to play while I continued, and then come back to tie some more.

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  4. Go Beavs! What a patient little guy you have. We are still trying to convince some neighbor girls that - no the Beaver State is not named after the football team :) What a perfect find for your b week!

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    1. Blogger needs to add a "like" button for comments! :)

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  5. Okay! Very nice! You said that the girls still use their blankets. I guess they've held up? How do they wash? I'd love to make a couple of these. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  6. Yes, they have held up very nicely! I just wash them in warm and tumble dry, and have never had any problems.

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  7. May I have permission to copy and use your instructions. I am a Christian, too, and have been slowly planting seeds in my cousin who is 61 and whose father committed suicide. She is a non-believer. She does make fleece tie, no sew blankets and gives them to friends. I refuse to give up on her. I would like to try to make a small one first and I love your site.
    Cindy Sharpe McIntosh (I live in South Carolina.) My husband has a brain tumor so I had to quit my job to be home with him 24/7. Four years later, we're still hanging in, with the good Lord's help.
    rolandnfrogmore@islc.net

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    1. Yes, you are more than welcome to copy and use the instructions for your personal use. Thank you for asking. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin and her father, as well as your husband. I will say a prayer for you all!

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