Craft Project: Aunt Judy’s Easy No Sew Blankets

 

My Aunt Judy made me one of these blankets a few years ago when I wasn’t feeling well. I just love it, since it is so warm, but best of all, my aunt made it, so it makes me think of her. She gave me the secret of how easy these are to make… so they are perfect to give as gifts.


Supplies Needed:
A pair of good scissors (If your scissors are dull, it will take a lot longer to cut through the fleece and will be harder on your hands!)
Ruler or tape measure
1 piece of stiff card board
Two coordinating pieces of any fleece . . .• for a baby or toddler, purchase 1 to 1 1/2 yards (in each of
two fabrics)
• for a child, purchase 1-3/4 yards (in each of two fabrics)
• for a teen or adult, purchase 2 yards (in each of two fabrics)
• Note: If you have a taller or bigger person that will be the recipient, buy more fleece! The bigger the blanket – the better to cuddle with! (I always opt for more fabric)
Remember:• Fabric usually comes in 54 inches wide or greater.
• You need two separate pieces of fabric for the blanket; one will be the front, one will be the back. You can hoose two coordinating fabrics or the same fabric. The choice is yours! I like to make one side a plain solid color- and the other side a fun decorative fabric.
• Double-check the widths of the two fleeces to make sure they are the same.
• Watch for sales at your fabric store, as you can save a lot of money that way, often more than 50%. Stock up on holiday prints as well as plain solids, or neutrals.
Directions:
Cut off rough edge on both sides. (This is the side that is machine finished, not cut.) Trim only as much as necessary, usually not more than 2 inches on each side. At this point, make sure that your cut sides are
relatively straight. (They don’t have to be perfect, no one will notice!) Do this on each piece of fabric.
Lay your fleece wrong sides together, with edges matching up. (Often times with fleece, it’s hard to tell which side is the wrong side and it often doesn’t’t matter which side you use as the front or back. I like this because it makes this project “fool-proof”)
**Some people choose at this point to pin the layers together; this is a personal preference. I’ve found it quicker not to pin, and I’ve never had a problem with slippage or keeping the sides aligned. I also tend to fumble with pins with my arthritic hands..so I don’t want to pinch myself. Find what works for you.
Cut a 4×4 square (or 5×5? square for a longer fringe) out of each corner of all 4 sides (through both layers of fleece) and discard. If you want your fringe longer (not recommended for a baby or toddler), make your square
bigger. It really does help to cut out your square from each corner before proceeding.
Cut all 4 (or 5?) into fleece at 1 in. intervals around all four sides. Tie overhand knot close to blanket edge by using one strip from the front and one strip from the back to create finished fringe edge. Repeat around all four sides.
Some helpful tips:
To help make your strips approximately wide (again, it doesn’t have to be perfect), you can use a tape measure to mark the inch intervals on a piece of cardboard- use the piece of cardboard as a guide as you make your cuts on the fabric. Then you only measure once on the piece of cardboard- instead of measuring all along the fabric.
To make the tying look more even, I tie every other one, all the way around the blanket, then flip the blanket over to the back and tie the rest. That way neither side is really the front or the back!
Experiment with the way you tie the knots for different looks. You can make the knot show in either fabric as well as the fringe in either fabric.
The nature of fleece makes two of the sides stretchy. Don’t fear! Just be gentle when tying those sides (the selvage sides) so that your fringe isn’t stretched out of shape! The knots do not have to be tight to remain tied and
keep the blanket together.
Have fun, experiment with different fabrics, different size blankets etc! The great thing about this project is there is no “right way to do it, and it always comes out looking great!
Written by Christine Miserandino, Butyoudontlooksick.com ©

©2019butyoudontlooksick.com
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  • Kylie

    These make great cushion covers too. Cut the material 14cm larger than the cushion. Make 7cm strips on all sides as above. Knot 3 sides, insert the cushion and knot 4th side. To wash simply undo one side and take the cushion out. I did this with European pillows (the big square ones) for the nieces and nephews and they loved them.

  • Kelly

    Thank you! My daughter makes these blankets. I’ve looked up the directions online before and have never found any to be as clear and simple as the ones you’ve outlined here. Thanks!

  • Genevieve

    My daughter made me a extra large one of these in my favorite Eeyore. I stay so warm in my blanket. When I’m not feeling well all I can think about is wrapping myself in my blacket!

  • Sally

    Made one of these but it fell apart in the wash….what did I do wrong?

  • Marilyn Winspear

    I got it. I got it. I actually understood the directions, lol. Thank you so much. I have been looking for a project that I could actually do and this one looks really fun. I’m going to make one for my sweet husband first, and then one for me. Thank you for making me smile today.

  • Janice

    thanks for sharing. I have seen these blankets but never knew how to make one. with your easy to follow instructions, I am going to make this a January project.

  • BarbB163

    Thank you Christine and just in time too. I wanted to make lap blankets for watching TV for my Grandchildren (8 of them) and because of money it is now the 17th and no blankets have been made now with this great idea I just may make it in time, thanks you Hon. Gentle Hugs Barb

  • Thank you so much! I absolutely want to try this 🙂 I need a warm fuzzy blanket when I’m sitting at my computer. This sounds perfect!

  • Thanks! I’ve seen these, and despite the fact that I used to quilt before my hands got too arthritic, I wasn’t confident enough to try to make one without seeing directions.
    This makes it look SO simple, and my kid will be so excited to get one like she saw at a friend’s house. 🙂

  • This sounds like a very cool project. I could see doing it sometime, thanks!
    Robert

  • Allie

    I would like to try the blanket. Could you show a picture of the finished product. Pictures help me with the fibro fog.