This single layer no-sew fleece blanket makes a wonderful quick and easy DIY gift. You can easily personalize it for the recipient by finding the right fleece color or pattern in your local fabric store. Fabric.com also sells some cute fleece, if you don’t want to find it in-store.
When Anna was born, the teenage girls at church made her a very simple, single-layer fleece blanket. It was the perfect stroller blanket, as well as a great play on the floor blanket, and Anna still loves to take naps with it! I thought the design was very clever, and I hadn’t seen it before. It was pretty easy to deconstruct, and today I’m sharing a tutorial so you can make one of these simple fleece blankets yourself.
Quick and Easy DIY Gift: Single Layer Fleece Blanket Craft
I bought some fabric for Emma to make one for my niece who is due to arrive any day now, and we took pictures of the steps so that you can make one of your own! I love that the edges look fancy but are so easy that even an eight-year-old can put this blanket together, with a little scissor help from an adult.
Single Layer No-Sew Fleece Blanket Tutorial
Step 1: Start with a length of fleece. Ours was a 1.5 yard length we bought at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts. Cut off the selvage, then cut small squares out at each corner. The sides of the square should be equal to the length you want your fringe to be. Our fringe is about five inches long.
Step 2: Cut your fringe. We cut ours roughly one and a half inches wide, and five inches deep. Fold it over as you cut it, as shown above. This helps you keep your fringe the same length (assuming you are too lazy to measure, like me). It also means you have everything ready for Step 3.
Step 3: Cut a small notch in the center of each fringe piece – on the fold that you made in step 2.
Cut notches all the way around the blanket. You are now ready for step 4.
Step 4: Pick up your blanket, and find one length of fringe. Find the notch you cut, and flip the same length of fringe through the notch – like those fancy flipped through pony tails.
In the photo above, Emma threads the end of her fringe through the hole. In the photo below she straightens it out:
BHere is a close up of the flipped through fringe:
And here you see one fringe that has been flipped, and others that are waiting. Make sure you flip all your fringes in the same direction (with the same side of the blanket up).
A No-Sew DIY Gift for All Ages
This is a quick and easy craft that makes a fun DIY baby gift! It’s also a great diy gift that kids can make to give as birthday presents for friends! Most of the no-sew fleece blankets that I have seen are double layer, which makes them very warm. The knots on the double blankets often come untied; this fringe stays put much more easily.
Do you have a favorite quick and easy craft that you like to make, or that you have your kids make as DIY gifts?