How to Make a Fleece Tie Blanket: A Step-by-Step Guide
Choosing the Right Fleece Fabric
When making a fleece tie blanket, it’s important to choose the right fabric. Fleece comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and weights, so you’ll want to consider the intended use of the blanket when selecting your fabric.
For a cozy, warm blanket, choose a heavier weight fleece. If you’re making a blanket for a baby or small child, consider a lighter weight fleece that will be easier to wrap around them. If you want a more decorative blanket, choose a fleece with a fun pattern or print.
In addition to weight and pattern, you’ll also want to consider the quality of the fleece. Look for a fleece that is soft, plush, and won’t pill or shed over time.
Finally, be sure to wash and dry your fleece fabric before starting your project. This will help prevent any shrinkage or distortion of the fabric during the blanket-making process.
Measuring and Cutting Your Fabric
Once you’ve chosen your fleece fabric, the next step in making a tie blanket is to measure and cut it to the desired size.
To determine the size of your blanket, consider its intended use. For a throw blanket, a common size is 50 x 60 inches, while a baby blanket may be around 30 x 40 inches.
To begin cutting your fabric, lay it out on a large flat surface. Use a measuring tape and fabric marker to measure and mark the dimensions of your blanket.
Next, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the marked lines. Be sure to cut through both layers of fabric evenly, so that they match up perfectly.
If you’re using a patterned fleece fabric, make sure to align the pattern on both layers of fabric before cutting. This will ensure that the pattern lines up correctly once the blanket is assembled.
Preparing the Fabric for Tying
Before you can start tying your blanket, you’ll need to prepare the edges of the fleece fabric. This involves cutting small slits along the edges, which will be used to tie the two layers of fabric together.
To begin, fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing each other. Then, use a fabric marker and ruler to mark a line about 1-2 inches in from the edge of the fabric.
Starting at one corner of the folded edge, use sharp scissors to cut along the marked line, through both layers of fabric. Cut slits about 1 inch apart along the entire length of the fabric, being sure to keep the cuts straight and evenly spaced.
Once all the slits are cut, unfold the fabric and repeat the process along the remaining three edges. Be sure to keep the slits on the opposite edges aligned with each other.
Finally, trim any excess fabric or uneven edges to ensure that the two layers of fleece fabric are the same size and shape.
Tying the Blanket: Step-by-Step Instructions
With the fabric edges prepared, it’s time to start tying your blanket. This is the fun part, as it involves creating the cozy knots that will hold the two layers of fabric together.
To begin, match up the top and bottom layers of fabric along one edge. Then, take one pair of slits and tie them together using a double knot. Repeat this process along the entire length of the edge, making sure to tie each pair of slits tightly.
Once the first edge is tied, move on to the next edge and repeat the process. It’s important to tie each knot tightly and evenly, so that the blanket looks neat and tidy when it’s finished.
Once all four edges are tied, go back through the blanket and double-check that all knots are secure. If any are loose or uneven, simply retie them.
When you’re finished tying, flip the blanket over and admire your handiwork!
Finishing Touches: Trimming and Styling Your Blanket
Now that your blanket is tied, it’s time to add some finishing touches to make it look even more polished and professional.
Start by trimming any excess fabric from the edges of the blanket, making sure to cut evenly and straight. This will help give the blanket a neat, finished look.
If desired, you can also add some decorative touches to your blanket. For example, you might want to add fringe to the edges by cutting slits in the fabric and then knotting them together. Or, you could add appliques or embroidery to personalize the blanket.
Finally, be sure to wash and dry your blanket before using it or giving it as a gift. This will help fluff up the fleece and remove any loose fibers or lint.
With these finishing touches, your fleece tie blanket is now complete and ready to enjoy!