All parents seem to have a unique collection of gifts lovingly made by their children during years in primary and middle school. Don’t get me wrong, I love the brightly painted macaroni necklaces and popsicle stick pen holders, but my all time favourite is this fleece blanket. My daughter made it many, many school years ago and to this day, it still has a place of honour on the back of the couch in our family room. It’s kept us cozy on cold winter nights, provided comfort during illness and is “Dougal’s” favourite place to snuggle (actually, that’s not his real name, but a wise millennial in my BSMR class says it’s not smart to share your pet’s name online — and I happen to agree). Despite a few hundred spins in the washing machine (the blanket, not the dog), it still looks great and is always in use. I’ve decided it’s time for a new fleece blanket and thought this would be the perfect time to share another DIY project. Here it goes….
All you’ll need is:
- Sharp scissors
- Two meters of two contrasting fleece fabrics.
I paid $4 per meter for the red fleece and $6 per meter for the patterned, Navy fleece — I couldn’t resist and hoping it brings the Maple Leafs luck in the post season.
These blankets are great, inexpensive gifts, ideal for house-warming, Christmas and baby shows. They are also handy to keep in the trunk of your car for impromptu picnics or in case of emergency.
I’ve provided step by step instructions below and have also included a very short video I found on YouTube.
Place both sets of the fabric on a flat surface with the right sides facing the outside. Ensure all ends of the fabric line up and cut/remove any excess material.
Cut 4″ x 4″ squares at the end of each corner. As you can see, “Dougal” has strategically placed himself in the middle of my DIY to remind me that he’s still waiting for his afternoon walk, he’s a demanding little guy.
Cut 4″ strips, 1″ wide all around the 4 sides of the fleece. Fold the strip over (both pieces) and cut a very tiny, vertical slit along the middle of the fold piece (through both pieces of fabric).
Thread both pieces of the fabric strip through the hole. Repeat around all 4 sides to create the fringe.
To add interest and contrast, you can alternate the strips by threading through the top and the next through the bottom. Repeat.
Here’s the completed project. It took approximately 90 minutes from start to finish.
If you had trouble following along, here’s a great video to help. Stay warm… and cozy. Time for me to walk the dog….