Isn’t fleece fabric just the best? I always admire its softness and all those cute patterns on fleece when I’m at the fabric store. I’ve been wanting to make a cozy blanket, and a no-sew fleece tie blanket just sounded so perfectly easy, you know? And now as I’m writing this post, I’m snuggled up under my cozy double layered fleece blanket (and I’m thinking I really should be drinking some hot chocolate to make it even more perfect…) 🙂
I ended up making two of these awesome DIY blankets – one for me and one for my daughter. (She fell in love with the fleece at the fabric store, too.) These are pretty quick and very simple to make, which makes it the best kind of project. Read on to see my super simple how-to so you can make some cozy fleece tie blankets, too!
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How to Make a Fleece Tie Blanket
- Anti-Pill fleece in two colors or patterns (I love looking at pretty fabric patterns! Check out this adorable birds fleece, this french bulldog pattern, this shark pattern, and these anchors and hearts. I love all the fun options!)
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Paper (optional)
Choose your Fleece
I had a lot of fun choosing the colors and patterns of fleece at the fabric store. I chose this colorful pink and purple design to go with the navy blue arrow print. You might find a fun pattern and choose a nice solid color or another complementary pattern for the back.
At the fabric store you’ll find blizzard fleece and anti-pill fleece. I would recommend using anti-pill fleece since it can go in the wash and last longer without getting those little pills that fleece sometimes gets. With kids at home, we need to be able to wash our blankets!
Once you choose the colors or patterns of fleece, you’ll want to purchase the same amount of fleece in both colors. For my blanket, I purchased 2 yards of each fleece. For my daughter’s blanket, I purchased 1.5 yards of each. Our blankets are plenty big to snuggle under on the couch, which is what I made them for.
To help determine the size you want, consider the purpose and who the blanket is for. A fleece throw could be smaller, like maybe 1.5 or 2 yards, but if you’re making the blanket for someone tall you might want closer to 2.5 or 3 yards. The ties around the edges will take about 8-10 inches off the total length you choose, so keep that in mind.
Trim the Edges
Once you get your fleece, you’ll want to lay the two pieces of fleece out on top of each other so you have two layers for your blanket. The nice sides of each piece should be facing out. The fuzzier, less nice side of both pieces should be facing in toward each other. On my patterned fleece, the nicer side of each looked a little crisper, so I could more easily see the pattern.
Make sure the two pieces of fleece are lined up top of each other and trim around the edges of the fabric as needed. My fleece had a strip along the edges that said the manufacturer’s name, and I trimmed that off. I also trimmed the rougher edges to make them look nice and even. (In the picture below, you can see one of the rough edges along the left side of the fleece, but I just trimmed it off both layers together.)
Prepare the Ties
On each of the four corners, you’ll need to trim off a small 4-5 inch square. I chose to do 4 inches, and measured out my square on a scrap of paper to use as a pattern. (Making a quick pattern made it easier for me to cut out the square from each corner.)
Next you’ll need to cut 1 inch wide strips all along the edges that are the same length as your square. So I cut each strip about 4 inches long, making them line up with the square I trimmed off. Periodically, I actually used my square to measure and make sure I wasn’t cutting the strips too long. In the picture below you can see the ruler I used to help guide me, ensuring that my strips were each about an inch wide. Don’t worry, they don’t have to be absolutely perfect – you probably won’t even notice one slightly larger strip in the blanket when you’re done since the fringe sort of all blends together.
Tie the Strips
Once you have all the strips cut, take each pair of strips that were cut together (one from each piece of fleece should be right on top of each other) and tie them together in a double knot. Continue tying the strips together all the way around the blanket. In the picture below, you can see I was just starting to tie the little strips of fleece along the bottom, and the pink pattern ended up on top the way I was tying them (I think the contrasting pattern makes it look really fun!).
When you tie all the strips along one side, move along the next side in the same way. I tried to tie all my double knots in a similar fashion to ensure the ties all looked fairly uniform, with the contrasting pattern showing. You’ll notice those corners you cut out blend nicely into the blanket as you tie all your knots, too.
I really love my no sew fleece tie blanket! It turned out so pretty and it’s perfect to snuggle up with on chilly winter evenings. You just need to choose your fleece, trim the edges, prepare the ties, and tie the strips. In just a few simple steps you can make your own cozy fleece tie blanket, too!
Have you made a no-sew fleece tie blanket?