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Easy Fleece Blanket Tutorial

We all know kids love their blankies!  Today, I am sharing this How to Make an Easy Fleece Blanket Tutorial.  I hope you use it to make tons of soft cuddly blankets for your little ones this year!

 I don’t know what it is about kids and their blankets, but I know mine are not the only ones with an attachment to their blankie!

Both my kids sleep with their blankets every night, travel with them and even wrap up in them on cold mornings and “wear” them around the house instead of a robe…  (I even snuggle with them when the kids are at school– and so does the cat.)

My daughter and I were at Hobby Lobby recently and came across this oh so soft and snuggle-worthy, minky-type fleece on the clearance table.  (I’ve seen this fleece referred to as cuddle fleece, minky fleece, ultra soft fleece- it’s the super soft stuff that almost feels like Minky fabric.)  

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The fleece was so luxurious and the colors so bright, my daughter really wanted it for a new blankie. Even after I told her she would have to buy it with her own money- she still wanted it.

I gave in and added the bolt of fleece to my growing cart of fabric.

She’s outgrowing her current pink fleece blanket, (which was just a one yard of minky fleece.)  So when I got to the cutting table, I asked for a yard and a quarter. Lucky for us, there was a yard and a half left on the bolt, and the associate practically gave us the extra 9 inches!

I have to admit, 1.5 yards is just about the perfect amount of fabric for a small throw blanket.

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How to Make an Easy Fleece Blanket

I’ve been using this simple little method to turn a yard of fleece into blankets for quite a while.  These blankets always look great, make great gifts and is probably one of the easiest sewing projects out there!  

I do recommend upgrading to the minky/cuddle fabric if you can and using 1.25 to 1.5 yards for an older child.

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Materials needed:

  • 1 to 1.5 yards of fleece (washed and dried)
  • coordinating thread that will blend in
  • Basic Sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1:  Lay the fleece fabric out on a flat surface and with your scissors even out any poorly cut edges.

Step 2:  Fold the edge of the fleece fabric over 1/2 inch, pin in place (if needed.)  It does not matter which edge you start with.  Switch the stitch on your machine over to a long, wide zig zag, and sew right over the edge.how to sew a fleece blanket

Step 3:  When you finish one side, fold over the next side, pin in place and repeat this step on the other three sides.beginner sewing projects

That’s it!  Now you have an awesome little blanket to snuggle with or give as a gift!

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20 Comments

  1. Iโ€™m trying this and my edges are curling. Using a size 90 fleece needle and cotton thread. Is my upper tension wrong?

  2. Hi! Have you ever made this blanket with a double layer? How did you sew it? I tried the tying with this fabric and it does not work well. Thanks.

    1. I have not tried double layer. My thought on a double layer blanket would be to put the fabric pieces right sides together, sew around the edges and then flip it right side out, then top stitch around the edge.

  3. I have a few questions. I see this is a 1 fleece fabric. Did you do like right sides down? or just sew the folded edges? I love the Kohls Big One Blankets but now that I am learning to sew I’d like to make my own blankets now. I am looking at an old blanket I got from Kohls and I see the nicer side and then I also see the other side too. Hope my question is understandable.

  4. Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial. I am still learning to sew and some beginner tutorials assume you can read a sewing pattern which is a skill I have not yet acquired. I was able to use your instructions to make a nice fleece blanket in under an hour one evening. That included the time I took to pin the blanket. Thanks again!

  5. nice blog post! nice ways to make fleece blankets. this helps me to prepare a gift for my loved one thank you.

  6. What needle did you use one your machine? I just got a sewing machine, and am testing the waters but I want to make sure I’m using the right needle ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Universal needle is not a size. For fleece if use a 14 or a 16 size needle.

  7. I know this is an old post but….I have a few questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ Is there a right and wrong side to the cuddle or ultra soft fleece? How thick is this blanket since it's only one layer? I'm trying to decide if I should do 2 layers or just keep it simple with one.

    1. This particular fabric did not have a right/wrong side- the 2 sides are slightly different, but not in a bad way. Some cuddle/minky fabric will have a very obvious right and wrong side, you will just have to look at the fabric to know.

      This fabric is fairly thick, though not as thick as some types of fleece, For us, the blanket is really more of a night time security/snuggle blanket that she uses year round, but when she leaves it downstairs I like to use it for myself when I snuggle on the couch at night, ha ha.)

      We do have some double layer fleece blankets (The kind you make by tying the edges together) They are definitely thick and being in south central texas it is often to warm for us to use the double layer blankets.

      Good luck,
      Jamie

    2. Thank you! I definitely want to do a finished, sewed edge, since those bulky ties drive me crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess I'll need to go see the fabric in person. Thanks!

  8. I'm totally in love with this! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  9. I really need to get more familiar with my sewing machine, you gave me yet another idea of when to use the zig zag stitch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Nothing is cozier than a fleece blanket!! Thanks for this easy tutorial. I've made lots of the no-sew tie blankets but these are so pretty without the fringe.

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