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. 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. Ours was 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); plus it 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 the step above.
Once you have cut all of your notches, you are 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.
Above you can see Emma threading the end of her fringe through the hole, and below she is straightening it out:
Below you can see a close up of what the fringe looks like once it has been flipped through:
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).
This is a quick and easy craft that makes a fun baby gift! It’s also a great 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 also 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 gifts?