No-Sew Fleece Blankets Make Beautiful Handmade Holiday Gifts, as I demonstrate in today’s post. The third in a series of four tutorials on how to complete a fleece blanket, we’ll show you how to: Make a braided edge fleece blanket without sewing.
To make your own fleece blankets for the holidays is a simple and fun DIY project that everyone enjoys. A thick, cozy blanket with two layers is a dream come true for anyone. The Braided Fleece Blanket is the third method I’ve shown this week for making no-sew fleece blankets.
Fringing and knotting the edges of standard fleece blankets are the traditional method of finishing them. However, some people don’t like having knots around the edge of their blanket, which is why braided edges are an excellent alternative!
Fleece Blanket Video
The four different ways to make fleece blankets are demonstrated in this video. The Braided version’s specific instructions follow the video.
No Sew Fleece Blankets
As a beginner, I recommend reading the original post in this series, which details how to make a fleece blanket: How to Make a Fleece Blanket Without Sewing
This post concentrates on how to construct a tied fleece blanket, but it also contains a lot of information that’s essential for any style of no-sew fleece blanket, such as how to:
- the best places to shop for fleece and the types to look for
- You need to know how to cut up your fleece.
- create an easy-to-use cutting template
- finding the right side of your fleece is a common problem
The original No Sew Fleece Blanket post is where you may find answers to any of these questions.
And if you’re looking for other fleece blankets, check out these:
This is one of my favorite ways to make fleece blankets because of the fringed edges.
You’ll learn how to make a fleece blanket with bows on the edges.
You’ll need the following to make a braided fleece blanket:
- Co-ordinating fleece fabric (1 yard each for baby blankets, 1.5 yards for kid-size blankets, 2 yards for teen/adult size blankets) is needed.
- A cutting mat and a pair of scissors
How To Make A Braided Fleece Blanket
Keep in mind that if you get stuck at any point in the process, you can watch the video tutorial above under the name “Fleece Blanket Video” or refer to the printable instruction card directly beneath it.
Starting with the bottom layer of fleece, put it down, right-side down, on the ground. Right side up, cover it with the second layer of fleece. The top layer should be smoothed out and the edges should be as close to matching as feasible. In order to ensure that the finished product is the same size, cut both layers of fabric at once to ensure that the edges are straight.
Cut The Strips
Cut a 2×2 inch square out of each corner. Cut the blanket in four places, two inches apart and one inch deep.
Cut A Slit In Each Strip
Each strip should have a half-inch incision down the middle of it. To cut the slots in two layers, you’ll need to use scissors. By folding the first strip in half, you can do this. Using a pair of scissors, cut a hole. Snip off a small portion of the bottom layer and fold the top layer upwards, then repeat with the second strip. Cut a small slit in the center of each strip as you go around the blanket’s perimeter.
Cutting through both layers at once can be accomplished by using a rotary cutter to make small slits in the middle of each strip.
Create The Braided Edge
Turn a piece of fabric over so that the backside is facing you, and pick it up. Using your right hand, thread the strip to the right of you through the hole in the strip you are holding. To continue, thread the rightmost strip through the next-to-last hole. Repeatedly turn the same way around corners To give the blanket’s edge the illusion of braiding, (please note that this is not actually braiding)
Finish The Last Strip
- Once you’ve completed the blanket and returned to the beginning, separate the two layers of the final strip.
- Make a small hole in one of the final strips and insert its underside into the first one.
- The upper layer of the final strip should be pushed through the opening in the lower layer.
- Secure and conceal it by pushing it back through the hole in the very first strip It may be easier to follow along if you watch a video instead of relying solely on the photographs.
Stretch The Braid
Upon completion, the braided edge will seem puckered and the blanket will not lie flat because it will tug on the cloth. The braided edge of the blanket should lie flat when stretched along the entire length of the blanket.
What Are The Different Ways To Tie A Fleece Blanket?
No-sew blanket making isn’t limited to braiding a fleece blanket’s edge. When washing your fleece blanket, it’s a good idea to tie it with double knots to ensure that it doesn’t come loose. To keep the corner fringes from bunching together, cut squares into the corners as well.
Classic fleece tie blanket
Two pieces of fleece fabric with fringed edges are all that is needed to make a traditional no-sew fleece blanket. Each pair of fringes should be tied together instead of braided to make a blanket. Rustic in appearance, this method is the most convenient for individuals who despise stitching.
Single-layer fleece tie blanket
Instead of two layers of fleece fabric, you can use just one. Style the fringe by cutting the edges and then tying the flaps. For a cozier look and feel, you can also use flannel instead of fleece.
Knitted fleece blanket
You can construct a knitted fleece blanket using thick yarn instead if you want something a little fluffier. There are a variety of knitting techniques to choose from, so you can pick one that works best for you. There are a variety of techniques, such as arm knitting and finger knitting.
How To Make A No Sew Fleece Blanket Without Bulky Knots
No-knot fleece blankets are possible even if you don’t want to sew. If you follow our instructions for braiding a fleece blanket, you’ll end up with a soft, knot-free blanket. Make sure to remove the selvages and use strong fleece material that won’t tear or stretch easily when cutting your selvages!
It’s also not necessary to stick with the fringe finish on your blanket if you want to. You can use scissors to mold the fringes into bunny ears, grass, fences, or a wavy blade.
How Many Yards Of Fleece Do do You Need To Make A Tie Blanket?
The amount of fabric you’ll need to produce a braided fleece blanket or a tie blanket is determined by the desired blanket size. One yard is added to a conventional throw, while another yard is added to a large one. For these calculations, we’ll assume your throw is 50 by 60 inches and 55 by 80 inches in diameter.
A yard of fleece fabric should also be measured as an additional precautionary step. While the length is always 36 inches, the width can be anything from 44 to 60 inches.
What are the different types of fleece fabric?
In order to make the best no-sew tie fleece blanket, the best materials must be used. If you don’t sew the edges, your blanket won’t fray or stretch.
Polar fleece is the ideal fleece for making tie blankets. Because of the two-sided pile, it’s exceptionally long-lasting and won’t fall apart easily. Polar fleece fabrics can be made from recycled plastic bottles by some retailers.
Consider selecting polyester fleece if you want the best insulation from your fleece blanket. To keep you warm, it’s cosy and cuddly. And the best part is that it doesn’t pill.
Blankets made of micro fleece are uncommon. As a matter of fact, it’s a standard layer for jackets and other clothes. Microfleece is the most flexible and thinnest of the two fleece varieties.
Is a no-sew fleece blanket something you’d like? Using two fringed fleece fabric pieces, follow the instructions in this post to braid a warm, cozy blanket. Instead of tying each pair, slide one fringe through the slit of the other.