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 one with an attachment. They sleep with them 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.) 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 herself- she still wanted it.
I gave in and added the bolt to my growing pile. She’s outgrowing her original pink blankie, 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, but 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’ve been using this simple little method to turn a yard of fleece into blankets for quite a while. These blankets alway 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.
1 to 1.5 yards of fleece (washed and dried)
coordinating thread that will blend in
Basic Sewing supplies
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.
Step 3: When you finish on side, fold over the next side, pin in place and repeat this step on the other three sides.
That’s it! Now you have an awesome little blanket to snuggle with or give as a gift!
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