Yeah, I'm one of those folks. Rainy days? Bring it. All I need is a pair of sweat pants and my cuddly blankets.
I decided I wanted a more grown up looking blanket - ya know, cause pink giraffe is very mature - so I figured I'd make a quick tute for those of you who want to make one of these awesome blankets but don't know how.
They're incredibly easy, fairly fast to make, and make great gifts.
Pick out two fleece fabrics. I always do a pattern on top and a solid on bottom, but you can do whatever your little heart desires. This blanket is 2 yards long. I usually do 2 1/2 yards because I like mine huge - but they only had 2 yards left in the gray and that's what I wanted. Obviously you can make them bigger or smaller according to your needs.
Lay down the solid piece of fleece with the softest side facing the floor. On a side note, don't wash your fleece before you begin - I did that the first time I ever made one of these and it didn't turn out well. Wash it when you're finished!
Then lay down the printed fleece with the softest side up.
****DISCLAIMER - DON'T CUT DIRECTLY ON YOUR CARPET***
Trust me - you'll be left with a strange pattern on your floor that you have to strategically stand on while your apartment gets inspected. Ahem.
Anywho, using your cutting board underneath, cut off the excess edges with your fabric rotary cutter. You know me, I just eyeball it. Just cut off as little as possible so you can maximize your fabric.
Now cut off all four corners. I cut five squares x five squares on my board.
Now you're ready to cut your strips. I don't measure every single strip (this would take an eternity) but they vary in width from about 1 - 1 1/2 squares width. I cut them about five squares deep to match the depth of the corner square I cut.
As I'm cutting I flip every other strip up. This will make it easier to tie the strips later on and it helps me eyeball how straight my line is.
Now you tie! I start at the corner strip and tie every other strip. I always tie two knots. Make sure you don't tie the first knot too tight - if you do the fabric will all bunch together and your blanket will end up small and round (this happened on my first blanket).
Then just go back around and tie the rest of the stips!
Viola! You're done - it probably took me about an hour at the most.
These blankets go EVERYWHERE with me!
I get mad when people touch my blanket.
Because it's mine!!
Sooooo comfy and soft! Having two layers of fleece really makes these warm in the winter!
Oh, and remember that chair in the first photo? You'll see that again looking very different - it's a child size! So precious!
I tried to take some cute photos of the blanket on my porch since the inside lighting was so dark - the porch lighting was even worse.
BUT, I can show you my pretty plants!!
(I actually bought this table like that! Shocker, I know - I paid less for it already refinished than I would have paid for one to fix up. It was a great deal).