Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homemade Christmas: Fleece Knot Blankets

If your family is anything like mine, you love to spend those cold winter evenings snuggled up under a blanket with a bowl of popcorn while watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. We generally store two blankets in the family room for these occasions, which are supplemented by comforters and quilts that five small Linuses drag from their beds. I don't know about you, but remaking beds isn't usually something I look forward to. This year I decided to make a fleece blanket for each one of the kiddos, with the intention that they will be left in the family room for those snuggly nights. Want to make your own cuddlebug a cozy fleece blankie? Here's what you'll need ...

2 1/2 yards of fleece (patterned, solid, or 1 1/4 yard of each)

That's it. Really. Total cost using a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby: $12.

First, remove any selvage from your fleece using a pair of sharp scissors. Don't worry if it isn't perfect - this is a super forgiving project!

Next, fold your 2 1/2 yards of fleece in half hamburger style and cut along the fold so that you have two pieces of equal size. If you chose to do two pieces at 1 1/4 yards each, skip this step.


Now, arrange your two pieces of fleece so that the "nice" sides face out, and the "ugly" sides are facing each other. The next step is to cut a 4" square out of both layers, at all four corners.

Then cut 1" wide and 4" deep strips along all four sides, through both layers at the same time. This seems like a daunting task, but don't worry about measuring - the fringe doesn't have to be perfect! I just guesstimate and make adjustments for my lack of depth perception as I go.

And then you simply tie a double knot using both layers of fringe. A lot of knots. I suggest cuing up some My So Called Life reruns and zoning into the tube while completing this step.

VOILA! A super fuzzy, cozy, snuggly buddy blanket! I can't wait to give this fun "beep bot" throw to Dayne for Christmas!

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