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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!
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.
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!!!
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.
Proud mom to my little kookaburra, Alden (03/02). #2 due 06/16/05
Below is my weightloss ticker. This is not for the pregnancy weight to come off as it has pretty much all came off. The rest of it is just what I've been wanting to loose for a while now to get back to my healthier weight!
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.
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.