I've been looking for a new blanket to use when I'm at the computer in my studio on chilly mornings. After checking out a few local stores and not finding what I wanted, I decided to make my own. I chose to make a cozy blanket out of fleece because I'm allergic to wool. Fleece, often times made from recycled plastic, is inexpensive and easy to work with. Plus, to make the knotted fringe two layer blanket shown here, no sewing is required.
Here's how to make an easy no sew throw . . .
You will need two yards each of two coordinating pieces of fleece. I chose a print and a solid, but you can also use two solids. Spread out both pieces of fabric on a large flat surface with right sides facing out. Align them with the selvages running in different directions to make the blanket more stable. Smooth fabric out until there are no wrinkles. Pin the layers together and cut the two pieces into a square of the same size. Use sharp scissors and make sure to trim off the selvage edges.
For the fringe edge, cut a 5 by 5 inch square out of each corner through both layers of fleece and discard these corner squares. The size of the fringe is up to you, but after doing a few test pieces, I liked the 5 inch fringe. Cut slits 5 inches long and approximately one inch wide around all four sides.
Begin tying overhand knots close to blanket edge by using one strip from the front and one strip from the back to create the finished edge. Make sure to make two tight, overhand knots for your fringe so that they will hold together in the washer and dryer.
Repeat around all four sides.
I chose to tie every other knot in the fringe on one side, and then flip the blanket over and tie the remaining knots so that the blanket is fully reversible.
This no sew throw is simple and fun to do. It's also extra warm because it has two layers. With the soaring prices of heating oil, we all may be adjusting our thermostats a few degrees cooler this winter. This cozy fleece throw will come in handy as we head into the colder weather.
I'm using my new throw blanket right now as I type this. It's keeping me warm and toasty this morning.
(This post is linked to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Check it out!)