I wanted a fun throw blanket but didn’t want to spend a lot of time sewing and really just wanted something super cozy. So I pulled together this fun no-sew fleece blanket. Cozy doesn’t even begin to cover how squishy and wonderful this blanket is. I’m going to be honest, sometimes it’s cold. Like really really cold. But, apparently, the other people in the room don’t necessarily agree that it’s cold and that we need to turn on the heater. Luckily if your like me and always seem to be cold at night I am sharing with you how to make a no-sew fleece blanket.
Having a super soft and cozy no-sew blanket comes in handy for those cool nights. Working with fleece is one of the easiest materials to use to make no-sew projects because you don’t even have to use fabric glue. Just leave those edges free and nothing terrible will happen! Plus, with such a tough and resilient fabric, this blanket I made will last for years. Seriously, I made one of these for my mom years and years ago and she’s still cuddling with it on her couch. Fleece is just awesome that way. Just gets better with time. Let’s get started making this easy no-sew fleece blanket and get your cuddle on!
Supplies for a No-Sew Fleece Blanket
This is one of the simplest projects, and you can even make a blanket with your kids, but the foundation of this project is all in the fleece you pick. Fleece gets softer and squishier over time, but my recommendation is that you get the thickest, squishiest fleece you can for at least one of the layers. The reason for this is that you’re looking for a warm blanket with a little weight. And the thicker fleece is going to give it just that touch of the body that you’ll really love.
For a nice, adult-sized or kid-sized throw blanket, you’ll want to get fleece from the bolt. We prefer our blankets a big, nothing worse than having those little piggies not covered. And you’ll need two pieces of that. I chose a solid navy and a pretty grey and teal plaid but you can choose any. colors or patterns you like.
- Adult Sized – 2 yards x 3 yards (2 pieces)
- Teen Sized – 2 yards x 2 yards (2 pieces)
- Child-Sized – 2 yards x 1.5 yards (2 pieces)
Once you have the fabric you want we can move onto the no-sew fleece blanket project.
How to Make a No-Sew Fleece Blanket
First, you want to line up the two pieces of fleece as best you can. Focus on one edge, if there’s not a clean fit for all four. Just get one edge lined up to your best abilities.
Next, cut strips into the lined-up fleece pieces 4-5 inches in length, about 1-2 inches apart, starting about 4-5 inches from the edge. You probably think that you only need to cut about 3 inches, but go for 4-5 inches, because you’re going to be tying them together so you need extra length. You can also use a rotary cutter and mat to make the cuts and save your hands for the knot tying.
Cut all the way down the length of the fleece. If your hand starts to hurt from the scissors, it’s time to take a break. When you’re done taking a break, go back to the beginning where you left off cutting. When you reach the corner, cut a square out that is equal in length to the fringe you’re cutting.
Start tying the two cut fleece pieces of fringe together. You are going to be using 1 strand from the front fleece layer and 1 strand from the back fleece layer.
Tie them together with a simple knot. Tie any loose fringe all the way to the corner you just cut.
Turn the blanket and start cutting fringe along the next edge, repeating the same process at the corners until you reach the beginning. Now you know how to make a no-sew fleece blanket!
All-in-all it took me about an hour to cut all of the fringes and get it tied-up for this good-sized throw blanket. If you were doing a child-size blanket, of course, this would take half the time, or if you decided to make a king-sized one and doubled-up on the width of the fleece pieces, you’d be looking at the better part of a day to get it cut and tied. So, how long it takes to complete this project is strongly based on the size of the finished fleece blanket.
If your fleece is anything like mine, there is definitely going to be a bit of fluff that comes off the fleece as you cut it and tie the fringe together. Don’t be upset, though. This comes off really easily. All you need to do to remove the fluff is to wash the blanket like you normally would and toss it in the dryer. The wash will get any super loose fluff off and the dryer will take care of the rest. After that first wash, you shouldn’t see any additional fluff coming off the blanket at all.
One of the things I like best about this project is the fact that the kids CAN get involved. It is a perfect kid parent project that you can do together for younger kids. Yeah, sure, if you want the fringe cut straight and the knots tight, you might want to help them if they’re not older, but even a 4-year-old could help tie the knots loosely for you to come follow-up and tighten.
This no-sew fleece blanket is such a cuddly, wonderful, and USEFUL project, you’re going to love. These make great gifts, too. If you have a kiddo that loves to cuddle, a mom who’s “always cold” or just a couch that needs a pop of color that you know a soft, squishy blanket would be perfect for, this no-sew blanket is perfect.I’m thinking that a few people on my list this year of birthday recipients might be getting a few of these easy no-sew blankets. Head over to the craft store and get your fleece, because this easy project is just waiting to be made!
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- Line up the two pieces of fleece as best you can. Focus on one edge, if there’s not a clean fit for all four.
- Cut strips into the lined-up fleece pieces 4-5 inches in length, about 1-2 inches apart, starting about 4-5 inches from the edge.
- When you reach the corner, cut a square out that is equal in length to the fringe you’re cutting.
- Start tying the two cut fleece pieces of fringe together. 1 piece from the front and 1 piece from the back.
- Tie them together with a simple knot. Tie any loose fringe all the way to the corner you just cut.
- Turn the blanket and start cutting fringe along the next edge, repeating the same process at the corners until you reach the beginning.
- Wash your Fleece Blanket to get rid of and fuzzies.
- Enjoy your no-sew Fleece blanket.
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