I wanted to make my daughter a blanket for the baby, but I was running out of time. Then I remember the other year when Rachel and Sarah make no sew pillows for 4H. So I did some investigating on the web and found a lot of patterns/instructions for blankets. My biggest problem was selecting which fleece I wanted to use. They have so many pretty patterns out today. Here's a picture of the finished project.
I should have taken a picture of the other side as well. It is solid pink on one side and this cute baby pattern on the other.
The only tools you need are - Scissors, yardstick, ruler and fleece.
First cut off all the rough edges and salvage. Depending on what size blanket you want cut 2 pieces of fleece in the same size square. I cut 2 pieces of fleece in a 45" square - one was pink and one in a baby print. Place wrong sides together on a flat surface facing each other. One thing I found out is try not to pull the fleece too much as it really stretches. Just flatten it out with your hands. Then at each corner cut a 6" square out. I used a yardstick from one end to the other to keep my next step straight. Cut 1" strips up to the yardstick going around the entire blanket. I used a ruler to mark off the one-inch points where I was going to make the cuts. When I finished one side I put a few pins in to secure the side until I came back to make the knots.
When the girls did their pillows they just tied the two pieces of fringes together, but I decided to try the suggestion of "looping" the strands together. They were suppose to hold better and create a nicer border, which I think they did. Keeping the two strands together, raise them up and then bring them back through the circle, from the back to the front. Here's where you manipulate the strands to tie a firm but not tight "knot." You want it to be fluffy, not real tight. It's so neat looking and lays together great! I think this will be great in the stroller. My daughter loved it and couldn't believe I made it - and I couldn't either - but I did!! I can see more of these blankets in my future - but for me to curl up in during the winter!
It was suppose to rain all weekend, but the sun managed to come out and we had a nice long weekend. Have a good week!
Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah