How To Make Simple No Sew Fleece Throw Blankets

Step by step directions for making a no sew fleece blanket from picking out the fleece to how to wash the finished blanket.

If you'd like to make a blanket for yourself or someone else but don't feel comfortable with your sewing skills (or just plain don't have any sewing skills!) then no sew fleece blankets are the perfect solution and this article will teach you everything you need to know to make one (or two or three"¦).

Polyester fleece, sometimes called polar fleece, is a fabulous fabric with some very unique qualities that make it excellent for no sew projects. Fleece comes in several weights, all of which maintain the same unique qualities. Fleece is a breathable, moisture wicking fabric. What this means is that the fleece fibers pull moisture through it to its exterior surface allowing moisture to evaporate while still allowing air to easily pass through its fibers. This great combination of features makes fleece ideal for blankets or outerwear. Fleece will pull body moisture away to evaporate while still allowing for air circulation creating a soft, warm and dry covering. Because of the way fleece is woven when it is created, and its fiber content fleece will not fray when it is cut! This is great for no sew projects because you don't have to worry about finishing "˜raw' cut edges.

Fleece comes in multiple weights that fall into three main categories: micro fleece, medium weight fleece, and heavy weight fleece.

Micro fleece is the thinnest of all the fleeces. It has a noticeable right and wrong side. The right side is extremely soft and smooth with an almost chamois like feel. It has a very short nap, and a soft drapey feel to it. The wrong side is fuzzy looking, and while soft does not have the velvety smooth texture of the right side. Micro fleece is excellent for double layer blankets, and lightweight single layer baby blankets. It's also great when combine with a heavier weight fleece when two layers are wanted without the bulk of two full layers of heavier fleece. Micro fleece comes in prints and solids, but prints are less common and can be hard to find.

Medium weight fleece is the most common and abundant type of fleece. Often mistakenly called Polar Fleece (which is a specific copyrighted brand of fleece made by Malden Mills) medium weight fleece is what most people think of when they visualize fleece. Medium weight fleece often doesn't have a right or wrong side. It is plush and soft with a slightly fuzzy texture. It makes excellent single layer blankets, or super snuggly warm double layer blankets. Medium weight fleece comes in a wide variety of prints and solids, both of which are easy to find! Some prints will have a noticeable right and wrong side, so check before using.

Heavy weight fleece is less common than the other two types. It is very thick, and generally has a deep, nubby texture. It is soft, but not as soft as the other two types of fleece. It makes excellent single layer blankets, and although a bit thick, can be used to make double layer blankets (especially nice when teamed up with micro fleece). Heavy weight fleece is usually only found in solids, and has no noticeable right or wrong side. As with most fabrics the quality of fleece varies and the quality is often reflected in the price tag. Lower quality fleece has a tendency to pick up small pieces of lint in the wash and dryer; this is called "˜pilling'. Pilling doesn't hurt the fleece, but it does detract from its appearance and texture.

The amount of fleece you will need per blanket will depend on how big you want it to be. For an infant, one yard of fleece will make a nice sized blanket. For an older child, one and a half to one and three quarter yards will be plenty. For an adult, 2 yards is a good length. If you are making a double layer blanket you will need twice the yardage.

Smooth Edged Blanket-

This is the absolute easiest way to create a blanket. This blanket is absolutely no frills, but it works all the same. All you need to do is trim the edges of the blanket even being sure to remove the raw machine finished edges. The smooth, cut edges of the blanket won't fray and in just a few minutes you'll have a simple snuggly blanket.

Simple Fringed Blanket-

This blanket is also very easy, but the fringed edge dresses it up a bit. Using a single layer of fleece sized to meet your needs, trim the blanket until all 4 edges are even, removing the rough machine finished edges in the process. Determine how long you would like your fringe to be. For an infant blanket, 1-2 inch fringe is nice; you can make it longer for larger blankets or keep it short. It's up to you. When you decide how long your fringe will be, cut a corresponding length square out of each corner of the blanket. For example, if you want your fringe to be 2 inches long, cut a 2x2 inch square out of each corner of the blanket. This will make the corners nice and neat. Then simply cut fringe all around the blanket to the depth and width you like. The width of your fringe can range from ½ and inch and up. Any smaller than that and the fringe becomes weak and prone to tearing off.

Knotted Two Layer Blanket-

This blanket is so cute, and looks much more complicated than it is. You will need two coordinating pieces of fleece that are the same size. A print and a solid together look very nice, but you can also use two solids or two prints! Lay the two pieces wrong sides together and pin to keep the layers from shifting. Trim both layers even using the same method as the Simple Fringed Blanket to cut through both layers. For this blanket, the fringe needs to be at least 3 inches deep in order to knot it; however, you can make it much longer if you wish. The fringe should be about an inch wide; however you can play with the width for different effects. Cut the fringe, and the corners of the blanket using the same method as described for the Simple Fringed Blanket. Once again be sure to cut through both layers as you cut the fringe. To finish the blanket, tie an overhand knot in each section of fringe. To do so, simply wrap one piece of fringe around the other and knot it. You can tie every other knot in the fringe, and then flip the blanket over and tie the remaining knots so that the blanket is fully reversible. You can also try tying different styles of knots to create different effects! The knots will securely hold the two layers of the blanket together, even during washing.

Simple Knotted Patchwork Blanket-

This blanket is fun and easy and can be either one or two layers. You can use as many different colors and sized of fleece as you wish making this an excellent way to use up fleece scraps. The blanket is easiest to make if you use squares of the same size, however, if you want to take the time to plan out your piecing you can cut and piece together multiple squares or rectangles together using the following directions.

For this example we are going to use 13x13 inch squares of fleece. When finished, this will create a 10x10 inch square. Cut 3 inch squares out of each corner using directions listed above, and cut 3 inch long by one inch wide fringe around all four edges of the square. For a 60x70 inch blanket you will need 42 13x13 inch squares. You can change the size of the blanket by changing the size of the squares, or the number of squares used.

Beginning with the top row of the blanket, tie two fleece squares together via their fringe using a square knot, or other knot of your choosing. Continue tying squares together until you have a row of 6 squares. Tie a second row of squares using the same method, and then tie the two long tows together. Repeat these steps by first tying together a row of squares, and then tying the rows together until the blanket is completed. You can tie the fringe around the outer edges of the blanket in knots for a singe layer blanket, or you can add a second layer to the blanket using the Knotted Two Layer Blanket directions.

If you are making a single layer blanket you can alternate which side of the blanket you tie the knots on making the blanket reversible. Finished blankets are easy to care for and can be machine washed and dried with regular laundry.

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