Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fleece Blankets for Christmas

So, I knew I wanted to make something for the kids for Christmas.  The kids are aware that I am of the crafty sort and would not be surprised to find a gift under the tree that had been hot glued or glittered or both.

Also, they steal my blankets.

With those two facts in mind, I bought two yards of fleece in two colors for each kid and got to work.  It couldn't have happened on a better day either, because it was cats and dogs outside.

See? Cats and dogs.

To start, I lined the fleece up together and trimmed them up so they were exactly the same size.  Exactly.

That picture of me cutting is called an 'action shot'.  And it's the most action I did in days.  That's how I roll.

Next, I pinned the fleece together.

I cut a piece of cardboard into a 4"x4" square.  If you like a longer fringe, feel free to make your square bigger. I put the cardboard at each corner and cut around it.

Once that was done, I moved my pins up a bit so I could cut unfettered.  What a great word.

And then, I cut some fringe.  There's no science to this, just cut as you like.

And then, you tie.  Tie 'em up while watching a movie starring Hilary Swank, that's how it works best I've found.

Remove the pins and you're done.  Will this keep the children from stealing my blankies?  Only time will tell.

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  1. Unfettered...I like it, almost as much as whilst. These blankets look great, warm and cozy. I hope the boys like them and stop stealing your blankets.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I've seen these blankets at craft shows, but I never knew how to make one.

  3. OMGGGGGG!!!! I was just looking at this same fabric at Hobby Lobby today!! For the 5 monkeys, of course!
    As always, cute, cute, cute!

  4. It looks lovely soft and suggley. Hope the boys like them.

  5. Great job :) I made one just like it a few months ago only it was black paws on a red background. Gotta love fleece blankies, they're so warm! My mom made some for family members this year after my niece and I showed her how to do it and got her started and she isn't the craftiest person so I was way impressed :)


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