A fleece blanket is a great way to snuggle up to watch television or read on a cold day. And once you realize how quick and easy it is to make these blankets, you can make matching blankets for everyone in a family—they make great gifts for the holidays, baby showers, and more. Follow this tutorial for a very simple blanket to make in 20 minutes or less. The fleece will be warm beyond belief for the blanket's weight.
Edging the blanket with a hand-sewn blanket stitch on the edge of the blanket makes it a great project to make while you watch television on cold winter nights. If you're new to using a serger, this blanket is a great way to become familiar with your new sewing tool!
- 1 to 1 3/4 yards of Polar fleece fabric
- Sharp fabric scissors
- A round template
- Trim off the selvage edge of the fabric, cutting as straight and smooth an edge as possible. Using rotary cutting tools may be the easiest way to achieve a smooth edge.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and then fold the width in half, so that the fabric is folded in quarters with all of the edges aligned.
- Locate the corners of the blanket. This will be the corners of the folded fabric which has no folds. Be sure all of the edges are perfectly aligned if you will be cutting all the layers at the same time.
- Mark a rounded edge on the corners by using a round item, such as a dessert or dinner plate, embroidery hoop or an actual circle template, as a template.
- Trim all four corners evenly. Having sharp fabric scissors will help you achieve a smooth cut edge. Always keep your fabric scissors for cutting only fabric so they remain sharp! If you are using a heavy fleece cut each corner separately so that you can achieve a smoothly cut corner.
- Fleece fabric does not fray so an edge finish is not essential but it does help the blanket hold its shape on the edges and is visually appealing. If you do not sew the edges you may find the fleece fabric will stretch out of shape or eventually create a fluted edge as the fabric distorts its shape by being repeatedly stretched. If you have a serger, serge the raw edge to help the blanket hold its shape or add a decorative edge such as a hand-sewn blanket stitch.
- A blanket stitch can be sewn with yarn or decorative thread to jazz up the edge of the blanket.
- If you are using a serger, experiment with serger threads for different edge finishes. Woolly Nylon or Polyam in your serger will give the blanket a nice soft edge.
- If you are using a blanket stitch, experiment with embroidery floss and yarn for a different look.
- Machine embroider a logo, name or special design on one corner to create a personalized gift. Appliques or a yo-yo design are great ways to add a design if you do not have machine embroidery.
- Vary the size of the blanket for the size of the person you are making the blanket for so the blanket is perfect as a baby blanket or for cuddling up to watch television.
- Experiment with decorative sewing machine stitches for possible edge finishes sewn with your sewing machine.