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  #1  
June 10th, 2004, 03:53 AM
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No sewing involved (thank goodness!)...

Took me a week to make one, and it was pretty easy. They are so soft, and comfy. In our area, its the popular thing to make right now. School colors are hard to come by, too! I'm starting a bunch for Christmas gifts!

Anyone else made any?
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June 10th, 2004, 04:49 AM
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ive never made any, but sure would like to know how!! if you dont mind?
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June 10th, 2004, 05:22 AM
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sounds great!! I cant sew!! so the idea is great LOL
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June 10th, 2004, 05:27 AM
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Sure!

They are made of fleece. You need 2 colors or a pattern and a solid. Each piece needs to be about 1 2/3 yards for adult, and 1 1/2 yards for kids. (You can really make them whatever size you want).

You want the blanket to be an even length (not partial inches, etc), so measure the sides when you get home and trim accordingly. You don't want a half inch or anything - it'll not work right. You also want the pieces to be the same all the way around, so pin them together (quilting pins are good), and trim one so that it matches the other. *this may seem like a lot of trimming, but you basically want both pieces to be the same, and you want whole measurements all around*

Next, out of each corner, cut a 4X4 square off. This makes the corners for the blanket. Using VERY sharp scissors (I recommend a special cutting tool - it looks like a pizza cutter), make cuts along the edges - about 1 inch wide and 5 inches high. It will look like fat fringe when you are done. There will be a stretchy side, too. If you pull on it, it stretches BIG TIME. Someone advised me to cut these slightly smaller - like an inch smaller, so that when you're done, they look even. I didn't and it wasn't that noticeable.

Next, you tie the fringe together. You tie in a knot, and then tie it in another knot. 2 knots. Just your basic knot. Its hard to explain over the net, but you want the opposite color to show - for effect. This is where the stretchy factor comes in. When you tie the stretchy sides, they get longer, and look different than the other sides. Its up to you.

Once you have the sides all tied, you're done.

With the first one, you can play with the knots, and find the way you like it to look. You actually kinda mess with it after its tied so that the fleece is straight, and flat.

I hope I didn't confuse you! If you have any questions or need further clarification, you can email me!

Also, if you go to someplace like Jo-Anne fabric, they have kits, or should be able to help you out...just tell 'em you're making a no-sew blanket.

Good Luck!!!
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June 10th, 2004, 05:55 AM
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I saw these before and they looked easy enough. I found a website a while ago that had instructions with some kind of picture as to steps.... no sew blankets
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June 10th, 2004, 06:11 AM
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Oh thank goodness! I checked it out, and I don't *think* I forgot anything!

Thanks for the link - the pics help!
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June 10th, 2004, 07:39 AM
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If you have a walmart, just ask and they should have the instructions. That is where I got mine!!!

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June 14th, 2004, 06:26 AM
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I have never made one but I got one for Christmas and I LOVE it!
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June 22nd, 2004, 03:44 AM
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Well, I started one the day I started this post...I finished it last Monday or so, and gave it to DH's brother and his family as a housewarming gift. They are getting reading to move into a brand new house. I hope they enjoy it!

I have several pieces of Pooh fleece ready to go...I just need to get them going!!!
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July 2nd, 2004, 10:04 AM
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here's the one that I made for my BIL and his family for a housewarming...not as cute as Pooh, but matches their family room! LOL
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July 7th, 2004, 06:27 PM
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pooker - your blanket looks really nice. I love that shade of green.

I made one once for a baby shower gift for a friend. It was lavender on one side and a cute animal print in lavender, yellow, and gray (I think - it's hard to remember now, it was over a year ago) on the other.
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July 8th, 2004, 03:24 AM
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Thanks! I've got 4 Pooh patterns ready to go, and one kinda flowery pattern for my DD. Both my kids LOVE blankets. DD was snuggling with the fleece in the cart while I was at the store buying it!
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Those are really neat!! I hope I can do one soon too!
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August 10th, 2004, 10:37 PM
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OMG thank you so much for showing us about this i live in a mountain town where it snows and we depend on the fleece blankets im going to wal-mart saturday now lol
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August 11th, 2004, 05:15 AM
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Thanks I really think this is a great idea, what a great thing for xmas presents or what not.
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August 11th, 2004, 05:17 AM
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I just had a thought. If you can sew and don't mind to, you could take the squares that you cut out of the blanket to make the corners to make matching throw pillows for the blanket. it could have a 4 square checker board apperance. Just a thought.
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August 12th, 2004, 03:22 AM
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Ooh, Heather I LOVE that idea! I kept the squares, just in case, and that is SO great! Yea!!! :clapping:
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August 19th, 2004, 05:23 AM
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I have never heard of this before. It looks like SEW much fun. LOL. Anyways, I have 4 friends that are having babys very soon. This sounds like something I might be able to do.

I have one question though, Do you tie knots all the way around the blanket? I am thinking yes, but I just thought I would ask to make sure
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August 19th, 2004, 05:51 AM
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yep - knots all the way.

Once I get to that point, I watch TV while I tie the knots. It goes quickly this way...
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I just seen this post a week back or so, and thought that it was the coolest idea, and it looks so easy. So when I was at Joanne Fabrics the other day I was pricing fleece and came across some kits. It was exactly this except instead of two huge pieces it was a bunch of smaller ones that you piece together to make a quilt. It looked pretty neat. They had a dog one, a cat one, and a tie dye one. Just thought I'd mention it. If you have the time and the paintence it looks really neat.
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