Friday, June 25, 2010

A focus on the crafts of others: No sew fleece blanket

This happened a long time ago, when it was still cold.  Feels like forever ago now that it's getting to be in the 100s outside!  Back in that wonderfully cold weather (which of course I hate when it is here) I helped my friend Katie make a no sew fleece blanket!  This is one of my favorite crafts because you can do it pretty quickly, and the results are great!  If you don't know how to do this already, I'll give you a quick rundown:
1) cut out 2 pieces of fleece the same size an lay them down together on the floor (right sides out!)
2) cut 4 inch squares out of each corner, and then cut a 4 inch slit every inch down each side, make sure that you cut through both pieces of fleece, creating a fringe all around the edge (It doesn't have to be 4 inches,  - the length is up to you, just make sure it is consistent throughout!)
3) Tie a knot in each pair of fringies - the matching ones from each layer - all the way around the blanket - I like to start at the corners but you can really start anywhere, just as long as your pair the fringe up right.

Didn't she pick a pretty print?  The other side is very pretty too! Katie really just came over to borrow my scissors, but I ended up helping her with the assembly too - it made for a very fun afternoon!  I think towards the end of all the knot tying we realized we had the pieces wrong side out... oops! Of course with fleece it's still pretty on the wrong side, so it didn't really make much difference. Lucky us!

How Katie managed to make our fleece bow ties look cute, I'll never know.  I wish I had a picture to show of my bow tie, because I was looking pretty ridiculous...  Thanks for being my crafty BFF Katie!

PS: I know I'm not super great at explaining things, so if my instructions don't make sense, just leave me a comment with your questions!  I'll try to respond ASAP.  Also, there are plenty of great tutorials out on the inter-webs, so check there too!

1 comment:

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE that fabric!
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