Blankets can be made with a wide variety of fabrics, so picking the best material for blankets depends on what benefits you are looking for.
Fleece has become a material of choice for many blanket makers. It is made from synthetic materials but has similar qualities as wool.
Its structural compositions help to keep moisture away from your body and provide warmth on a cold night, but it is more lightweight than wool.
Usually, there are two ways of making fleece blankets without sewing- with knots and without knots at the edges. This finishing is an excellent alternative to the traditional sewing style.
However, this article is meant to provide detailed information on the step by step process involved in making a no-sew fleece blanket without knots.
The no-sew fleece blanket is not your regular “tie the ends into knots” fabrics. They look neater and professional than the knotted ones.
As a matter of fact, most people prefer the no-sew fleece blanket without knots because they can’t deal with the stress of tying countless bulky ends of the knotted blankets.
How to make a no-sew fleece blanket without knots
To make a no-sew fleece blanket without knots, you need to cut and measure your fabric to the desired shape. Then you cut out squares from the corner and fringes. Flip the strip up, cut and tuck in the ends of the strip.
Steps to make a no-sew blanket without knots
Unlike all other sewing projects, the only equipment needed to make a no-sew blanket without knots are:
- Two pieces of fleece fabric of equal sizes
- Rotary cutter
- Marking pen
- Cutting mat
- A pair of scissor
- A measuring tape
Follow these steps to make your no-sew blanket without knots, and I assure you that you would become a pro in no time.
Step 1: Measure and cut the fabric
First, we have to determine the size of our blanket. You can decide to improvise and just take whatever measurement that suits you.
There are several standard sizes you can adopt for your blanket. There is the standard throw, which is 50 inches by 60 inches (approximately 2 yards of fabric) and the oversized throw, which is 55 inches by 80 inches (about 3 yards).
The size of your material would give you a clear idea of how big your blanket would be.
After you have decided on the dimensions of your blankets, place your two fabrics on top of each other. Make sure that they are correctly aligned on each other.
Place the right side out and cut them according to your measurements. Ensure that the edges of both fabrics are smooth after cutting. If they aren’t, you might want to trim them a bit.
Step 2: Cut out squares from the corners
Smoothen out the materials to prevent creasing, however, don’t pull too much or your fleece material might stretch.
After cutting and trimming your fabric to the required sizes, measure a four-inch square at each corner. You should make use of your measuring tape and pen for this.
A life hack for this is to cut four-inch square cardboard and use it as a template for cutting your fabric. Just place it on your fabric and cut around it. Do this for all edges
Step 3: Cut the fringes
Start from one of the edges and begin cutting little lines into the fabric. These lines combine to form a strip along the edges of your blanket.
Take proper care to make sure that the strips are as even as possible. Not to make things complex, but taking measurements on your strips can help you achieve more even strips.
For this reason, I favor patterned fleece material for making a no-sew blanket without knots. You can easily cut according to the patterns of the fabric, and you can be sure that your strips would be even.
If you prefer a blanket with fringes on both sides, do the same thing on the opposite sides. The length of the fringe totally depends on your choice- shorter or longer, depending on your preferences.
The fringe width should be a little bit wider than your fingers
Step 4: Flip the strip up and cut
After you are done cutting the strip, the next step is to make a gap in the strips. So, flip the strips up and cut a small slit through the strips. Ensure that the slit is made on both fabrics.
Step 5: Tuck in the strip
Having cut a slit in the strip, tuck in the ends of the strips through the slit and pull tightly, so they lay flat.
Continue to flip, cut, and pull through for each strip around the blanket.
Do this for all the fringes on the fabric. Your no-sew blankets without a knot is complete.
That is all you need to do to make a no-sew blanket without knots.
Things To Note About This Project
Use good fabrics. The importance of using a good fleece material for this project cannot be overemphasized.
The overall result of this project greatly depends on the quality of the fleece material used. If you have the time, it is best to go to a fabric store to handpick a high-quality material.
Before you begin any sewing project, it is usually advisable to wash the no-sew blanket to account for shrinkage. But, here is the great thing about fleece- it doesn’t shrink or fray.
Fleece is made of polyester and does not reduce in size when washed. This means you can simply get straight in making your blanket.
However, you might want to wash it to remove chemicals from the manufacturing process. However, take special care when cleaning your blanket to keep your fleece soft for years.
To prevent pilling, wash fleece blankets in cold water. Only a small amount of detergent is recommended for cleaning your fleece blanket.
More detergents won’t necessarily make your blanket cleaner. In fact, the surplus detergent can actually stick to the fleece fibers and make your blanket feel less soft.
Caring For Your No-Sew Blankets Without Knots
Like I explained earlier in this article, fleece blankets are very delicate materials. They start out soft, but keeping them soft is the problem.
Always wash fleece blankets in cold water with just a small amount of soap; excess soap can stay in the base fibers of the fabric and make your blanket feel less soft if you don’t rinse it properly.
Avoid bleach too. In fact, your fleece blankets don’t need to be washed with a bleach. The polyester structure is resistant to stain, so just a little detergent and water is enough to effectively clean it.
Never dry your blanket with high heat, high heat can melt and shrink the tips of the yarn on your blanket. Thus, decreasing the plush softness of your blanket.
The recommended heat settings are low heat. If you can’t use the no-heat settings, it is better to let it dry naturally. Irons aren’t suitable for your fleece blankets too. Heated iron can melt the naturally soft fibers of a blanket.
How Long Does It Take To Make My No-Sew Blanket Without Knots?
This project is relatively easy and inexpensive to do. It takes an average of twenty minutes to make it.
What Are The Sizes Of Fleece Blankets Appropriate For Different Ages?
A child would require a bit more fabric than a baby- three yards would be enough to make a blanket. For teens and adults, the appropriate measurements are 4 yards.
However, for tall people, you might want to use 5 yards to make a blanket for them.