An easy-to-follow guide to cutting, tying, and washing a no-sew blanket
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Fleece blankets are perfect for snuggling up on the couch, but do you ever wish had a bit more pizazz? Give that fleece some flair by turning it into a fleece-tie blanket—all you need are a pair of scissors and your hands! In this simple tutorial, we’ll show you how to prepare your fleece for tying, how to tie 4 different kinds of edges, and how to care for your uber-cozy fleece tie blanket so it stays looking great.
- Get 1–2 yd (0.91–1.83 m) each of 2 differently patterned or colored lengths of fleece.
- Cut both lengths of fleece to equal sizes, then lay one on top of the other with the softer sides facing outwards and smoother sides touching.
- Cut a 4 in (10 cm) square out of each corner, then cut 4 in (10 cm) strips all along each edge of both lengths of fleece.
- Tie the fringes of the fleece lengths together using overhand knots, double overhand knots, loops, or braided edges.
1Purchase about 1–2 yd (0.91–1.83 m) of 2 different fleece patterns. Select and purchase 2 lengths of fleece. 1 yd (0.91 m) is perfect for a child’s blanket, while about 2 yd (1.8 m) of fleece makes a good throw-sized blanket. That said, make your blanket as large or as small as you like.
Use 2 different fleece patterns or solid colors that you think pair well, and cut them to equal sizes.
- Note that your final blanket will be about 8 in (20 cm) smaller than the fleece you start with.
- You can also repurpose 2 old fleece blankets to make an eco-friendly recycled blanket.
2Lay the 2 fleece lengths flat on top of each other. Spread the fleece on a large flat surface so that the softer and more vibrant sides face out, and the smooth (raw) sides touch. Position the fleece so that all 4 edges are aligned.
- Use an empty kitchen table or a clean floor to allow for enough room to spread out your fleece.
- The sides don’t have to align exactly or be perfectly straight; any rough or uneven edges will be concealed by knots.
- Optionally, fasten both lengths of fleece in place with safety pins to keep them aligned.
3Cut a 4 in (10 cm) square out of each corner of the fleece. With a ruler or measuring tape, measure 4 in (10 cm) from the corner of one edge. From that point, use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut 4 in (10 cm) into the blanket, perpendicular to the edge. Make a similar cut on the other side of the fleece’s corner, so that the cuts meet, and you’re left with a 4 in (10 cm) square of fabric. Repeat this step for the other 3 corners.
- If you’re having trouble, cut along the long edge of a notecard to help you measure your cuts.
- Note that these empty squares won’t show up in the completed blanket—we cut them away so that we have 4 even edges to tie.
4Cut 1 in (2.5 cm)-wide strips into all 4 edges of the fleece. Cut 4 in (10 cm) into the fabric, and be sure to cut both lengths of fleece. Once you’re finished, your lengths of fleece will have an equal number of strips on each edge, forming an even fringe.
- Don’t worry if you find that some strips are a bit wider or narrower than the rest. You won’t be able to notice after you tie your knots!
- For a braided edge, only cut your strips 2 inches (5.1 cm) deep.
1Tie the strips together with a single overhand knot. At this point, each strip on the top length of fleece has a twin strip beneath it. To secure the fleece strips with a simple knot, wrap a pair of strips around your index finger, then feed the end of the strips through the loop created with your finger to create an overhand knot. Tug the strips gently to tighten them, and repeat this knot for every pair of strips on your blanket.
2Tie the strips together with a double overhand knot for a different look. Tie the top strip and bottom strip together by wrapping the top strip over and under the bottom strip, then wrapping the bottom strip over and under the top strip. Tug on the strips to tighten and secure them. Tie a double overhand knot with each pair of strips on the blanket.
- Tie double overhand knots about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) away from the base of the strip to avoid wrinkling the surface of the blanket.
3Or, secure the strips with a looped edge. To give your blanket a looped edge, use scissors or a rotary cutter to make a 1 in (2.5 cm) incision at the base of each pair of strips. Then, feed the tips of both strips down through the incision (like threading a needle), and tug gently to secure them. Repeat this process for each strip along the edge of your blanket.
- Make the incision with scissors by folding the strips in half, and cutting 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) into the middle of the fold.
4Or, feed the strips through each other for a braided edge. Cut a 1 in (2.5 cm) incision into the center of each pair of strips, at their base. Starting at one left-hand corner, feed the first pair of strips through the incision of the pair to its right. Then, feed the second pair through the incision to its right, and so on all the way around the blanket.
- Finish the edge by feeding the last pair of strips through the incision in the first pair of strips.
1Machine wash your fleece tie blanket with cool water and mild detergent. Cold water, gentle detergent, and a delicate wash cycle will ensure your blanket stays soft through many washes. In addition, it’ll be gentle on the knots, and prevent them from coming untied.
Only wash your fleece when it’s become noticeably dirty, or smells a bit musty.
2Air dry your fleece blanket for a few hours, or machine dry it on low heat. After washing, hang your fleece blanket in an area with good air circulation, like outside on a line or inside near a window. Allow it to rest for a few hours, or until completely dry. Alternatively, machine dry your blanket on low heat or on “tumble dry” to avoid damaging it.
- Larger blankets will take longer to dry, so check your blanket every hour or after every drying cycle to ensure all the moisture has been removed.
3Remove fleece pills with a razor. Fleece materials are prone to pilling, which is when the material rubs up against itself and creates small beads of fibers. You can easily remove these pills by gently running a shaving razor over the pilled area. Avoid pressing into the blanket or applying too much pressure; a light tough is all you need.
Retie any knots that come undone. After regular use, or even after a wash, the knots along the edges of your fleece blanket may come undone. Don’t worry! You can simply lay the blanket out on a kitchen table or clean floor and retie them in the same way you did the first time.
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Does the blanket come untied or apart when you wash it?
The blanket won’t come apart if you make sure to double knot the ties tightly.
How can I learn to tie a square knot?
It’s the same knot you tie before making the loop on your shoelace. First, label one end of the string A and the other B. Tie that knot (note whether A went in front of or behind B), and then tie it again, this time reversing A and B.
Are there alternative knots?
If you are on Pinterest, look up fleece blanket edging. There are all sorts of ways depicted in images there. Some look like braids, others add crochet. Go with the one you like the most.
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If you have trouble keeping both pieces of fleece to lay flat and not bunch up underneath, you can use a couple of dinner plates to keep the underside flat while you lay out the top, and then place the plates on top while you cut to keep the material from sliding around.
If you have trouble cutting through the material, try using a pair of kitchen poultry shears instead of general use or sewing shears. Whatever type you use, make sure they are not dull.
Be sure that you find fleece that are of similar nap, weight, or quality. Different quality cloth (usually you can tell by the price, but if in doubt, ask your store clerk) tends to stretch and shrink differently during tying and washing.
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To make a fleece tie blanket, stack two pieces of different-colored fleece. Cut a rectangle out of each corner, then cut 1-inch (2.54 cm) wide slits along each edge. Tie the top strips to the matching bottom strips. For more information and details, such as measurements, keep on reading!
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