Making a fleece blanket is a quick and easy craft project, so easy that kids and grandchildren can make a no sew, hand tie fleece blanket in less than an hour or so. I’ve been making fleece blankets myself since the standard size throw blankets found in stores are just too small and thin for us to keep warm during cold winter months snuggled up on the couch watching football or movies.
The fleece blankets I usually make are extra large, extra long two layer polar fleece blankets, larger than the much smaller standard sizes. The single layer throw blankets typically found in stores are not thick enough, large enough or warm enough, so it just makes sense to make your own do-it-yourself blanket throws for added warmth.
No Sew Fleece Blanket Kits
As nice as some of the polar fleece throw blanket kits are that I’ve seen online and in stores like Joann Fabrics and Hancocks, more often than not the particular theme of the throw blanket is either for young kids and quite small, or the fabric for the throw blankets are downright ugly and don’t match our décor at all.
There are several blankets and throws that will make wonderful blankets for the kids and grand kids, in colors and Disney fabric styles they would like, and the pretty hand tied fringe and easy-to-follow kit instructions means these fleece blankets are an excellent craft project for grandparents to do with their grandchildren.
Patterns for fleece throw blankets are really not needed, since it’s just a matter of deciding how big or small the throw blanket should be for whomever the blanket is for and cutting the fleece fabric to that size. For a so-called throw blanket pattern, some people just use an old extra long twin blanket and cut the fabric to that size/length, and then cut the selvage edging to make the hand tied fringe to the 4-inch or 5-inch length.
I’ve heard of people using an old square or rectangle tablecloth they aren’t using anymore as a blanket pattern, or a folded out newspaper like I’ve used and making very cheap baby blankets out of flannel or fleece. Once I finish making all the polar fleece blankets I plan to make, I’m going to try my hand at making some quilt blankets with medium to heavyweight fleece, or maybe even make a fleece knotted patchwork blanket out of the fabric scraps left over.
How to Make a Fleece Blanket Throw or Hand Tied Throw Blanket
As fun and easy as the no sew fleece blankets are to make, I still want to use my sewing machine to sew fleece or flannel blankets with fancy stitched edges and crisscross stitching and satin borders. There isn’t enough time in the day or in my schedule to complete all the craft projects I want and plan to do as quickly as I’d like, so I’m making a list of how much polyester fleece (polar fleece) and flannel fabric I need to buy and have on hand for making single layer and double layer blankets and pillows.
How much fleece is needed to make a throw blanket all depends on the size throw blanket you want to make. Some recommendations are to make a homemade throw blanket is to measure and cut a 54 x 54 or 56 x 56 inch square of two pieces of coordinating fabric. For infant babies, one yard each of matching or coordinating fabric makes a good size double layer blanket, or just one yard of fabric for a single layer blanket.
Toddlers and older kids, 1 ½ to 1 ¾ yards of coordinating or matching fleece fabric is considered by some to be plenty for making a good size blanket for bigger kids. Of course, if a double layered blanket is what you’re planning to make, you’ll need to double the amount of fabric purchased to make a warm, two layer blanket.
Most suggestions for an adult size throw blanket say two yards of fabric is plenty for grownups, two yards for pattern fabric and two yards for a solid, coordinating color, for a total of 4 yards of polar fleece fabric. Grandpa’s fleece throw blanket needs to be bigger and longer than the standard size adult throw blanket in order for him to keep his arms, feet and toes warm under the blanket.
For the extra large throw blankets I make, I buy three yards each of wide fleece fabric, wider than the standard size fleece fabrics sold in some stores. Sometimes I buy a few extra bolts of polar fleece in solid colors and pattern styles, make the throw blankets and give them away to friends, family, give as homemade gifts for Christmas or Birthdays, and I’m planning to give some away to homeless shelters and charities.
Make Your Own Do It Yourself No Sew Fleece Blanket
To make your own homemade fleece throw blanket or afghan, assuming you’ve already bought your fabric and cut the fabric to the size you want, lay the two pieces of fabric together on top of each other with the right side of the fabric facing OUT. Since these throw blankets don’t require sewing, and there is no turning the fabric right side out after stitching seams together, there is no need to put the fabrics together right side to right side.
Using a 5 inch by 5 inch square piece of paper or cardboard, lay the square on one of the corners of your fabric layers. Cut out the first corner of fleece, being sure to cut through both layers of fabric with good quality cutting shears, then proceed to cut the remaining corners in the same way as the first corner.
To create the fringe edges, take your cutting shears (scissors) and cut fabric strips 4 or 5 inches in length and 1-inch wide around all four sides of your blanket. The length of fringe is up to you. Some people like 3 inch fringe, others 4 or 5 inch fringe, and still others like extra long fringe and cut their sections 6 inches in length. To make sure your fringe lengths are equal, you may want to use a measuring tape or yard stick to make sure each length is even with the rest.
Starting on one side of your fleece throw blanket, begin to tie knots into the fringe-cut fabric pieces, either using a basic overhand knot or simply tie knots as if you’re tying your shoelaces together. What style or kind of knot to tie is a personal choice; there is no right or wrong way to hand tie knots in blankets. If you want the throw blankets to be reversible once completed, tie every other strip on one side, and then flip the blanket over to the opposite side and finish tying the remaining fabric strips so the blanket is totally reversible.
Be careful not to pull too hard on the fabric strips so the fabric doesn’t stretch too much, or you end up pulling so hard the square or rectangle blanket becomes a circle shape. Washing instructions: Wash the finished throw blanket in cold water (not hot water) to prevent shrinking, and tumble dry on the dryer’s low setting or just hang the washed blanket to air dry.
If you’d like to see a few pictures of some of the large hand tied throw blankets I’ve made over the last few months, check them out here on Pinterest. Making these throw blankets is a lot of fun and so easy!