Deb Jessup shared this great project making a no sew fleece blanket with our women at the December Grace By Night.
Start with two complimentary pieces of fleece material that are exactly the same size. You can make your blanket pretty much any size you like up to the width of the material. You will end up with a blanket that is 8 inches shorter than the material you start with so keep that in mind.
Lay your two pieces of fleece out on a table. Using straight pins or safety pins, neatly pin the material together about eight inches in from the edges. This is to keep your blanket in place as you work.
Now trim with scissors all the way around to make sure that they match exactly and that they are perfectly square.
Now, at each corner, cut a four inch square indent into the corner. (Save your fleece pieces for future crafting!)
Now, you are going to cut a four inch long, one inch wide fringe all the way around the material. You may want to use something to measure as you go, or you can ‘eye-ball’ it if you trust yourself.
When you are finished, start at one corner and begin to tie the fringe of the two layers together. Deb showed us how to make the first tie so that the knot ends up inside the blanket. She then tied it a second time so that the resulting fringe would lay neatly. She tied several fringe on one side of the corner and then several on the other side of the corner, showing us how she has now ended up with a perfect corner. She then pulled gently at the knots to smooth her work.
Once you have tied all the way around, you can remove your pins! You’re all done! You have just made a blanket with no sewing! And it is the warmest, most cuddly blanket you will own!
If you are feeling creative you could try a round blanket! Deb and friends have even adapted the technique to make scarves and hats, although it does involve a little sewing.
Fleece material in our area is running about $8 an yard, which is fairly pricey! But you can make a beautiful baby, pet or lap blanket for about $15.
Our women reported that the larger fabric stores often have it on sale for closer to $4 a yard.