Fleece blankets are simple to make, and they make excellent baby or housewarming gifts, as well as super send-offs for summer camp or college. Fleece is available in solids, cartoon images, animal prints, sports logo patterns, holiday themes and countless other designs.
Most fleece fabrics are sold in 58”/60” widths. For a square blanket, you will need to purchase 1.33 yards of two different fabrics. For a rectangular blanket, buy the yardage you desire. Coordinate your fabrics to fit your own taste!
Make Your Own Fleece Blanket – No-Sew Method
Spread one fleece fabric out flat on the floor or another large surface, right side down. Place the second fabric on top, right side up. Carefully smooth out all wrinkles. Try to prevent both fleece fabrics from stretching, as you square them out together.
Using a ruler or yardstick, cut a 2” square from each corner, through both thicknesses of fleece fabric.
Next, snip 1 1/2”-wide strips all the way along each of the four sides. Try to cut these to a uniform depth of 4” each.
Once you reach the final corner of your blanket, you are done!
Make Your Own Fleece Blanket – Sew Simple Method
Spread one fleece fabric out flat on the floor or another large surface, right side up. Place the second fabric on top, right side down. (The two layers of fleece fabric will have their right sides facing one another at this point.)
Carefully smooth out all wrinkles. Try to prevent both fleece fabrics from stretching, as you square them out together.
Set your sewing machine to a knit stitch selection or a narrow zig-zag stitch. Machine-stitch the two fleece fabric layers together. Begin in the center of one side, and stitch all the way around, leaving about 6” open for turning.
If you wish, you can top-stitch all the way around the edge for a professional look. You might also tie your blanket every few inches with a soft yarn to prevent it from bunching with repeated washings.
That’s all it takes for a cozy fleece blanket!
Love poetry? Click here to visit Linda Ann Nickerson’s poetry and humor blog, Nickers and Ink. Or click here to subscribe to an RSS feed for this writer's helpful Helium content. If you wish, click here for a free subscription to this author's online AC content, so you won't miss a single post!