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How to make a Fleece Tie Blanket

Learn how to make a fleece tie blanket. Making a tie blanket with fleece is really fun and requires no sewing.

Fleece tie blanket.

Making blankets with fleece

Fleece is such a wonderful type of fabric to make blankets with. It’s so soft and warm. Fleece is available in many prints and colors. It does not fray easily, you do not need to sew a seam around it. It’s also stretchy!

Basically, you could go to the fabric store and buy fleece and use it as a blanket. That’s what my Mom did for us about 30 years ago. 

We went to a fabric store and my sisters and I fell in love with some fleece fabric. My Mom bought some for us and we used them as blankets. We never hemmed them, we just left them as is. We still have them to this day! Pretty cool, right?

If you do want to add a fun edge to your fabric fleece, you can fold the edge and sew it with a cute seam.

You can also go with a no sew solution, which involves cutting the edge of the fleece and tie knots all the way around. So cute and fun!

When my friend Sheila posted a photo of beautiful fleece fabric she bought to make a blanket, I knew I had to buy some too to make a tie fleece blanket!

If you are wondering how many yards of fleece for a full size tie blanket; I used 2 yards of anti-pill fleece print and 2 yards of anti-pill fleece solid.

Aztec printed fleece fabric and black fleece fabric.

How to make a tie blanket with fleece

Supplies:

  • Anti-pill fleece fabric 2 yards of fleece print
  • Anti-pill fleece fabric 2 yards of fleece solid
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Sewing pins
  • Acrylic square ruler (optional)
  • Self-healing cutting mat (optional)
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
Tools to make a fleece blanket: self-healing cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, acrylic ruler, and square quilting ruler.

Instructions:

Step 1: Start by checking the fleece for any selvage edges. Usually fabric has a selvage edge on two sides.

How to cut off selvage edge from fleece:

Put the fleece fabric on a self-healing cutter mat.

Place an acrylic ruler on the dotted line and cut the selvage off using a rotary cutter or a good pair of scissors in a straight line.

Use the dotted line as a cutting guide.

Selvage edge with dots.
Back of the selvage edge.
Black fleece, acrylic ruler, and rotary cutter.
Trimming the selvage edge with a rotary cutter.
Selvage edge trimmed away.
Selvage edged removed.
Dot selvage edge on printed fabric.
Back of selvage edge.
Trimming the selvage edge with a rotary cutter.
Selvage edge removed.

Step 2: Place both pieces of fleece together with the back sides together (good sides pointing outwards) on a flat surface. If you do not have a table that is big enough, the floor works great.

Don’t pull or stretch the fabric, just let it lay/drape as it pleases.

Aztec fleece fabric over black fleece fabric.
Aztec fleece laying on the floor over black fleece.

Step 3: Pin together the two pieces of fleece, about 6″ from the edge and all the way around.

As you pin the fabric together, you may notice that they aren’t exactly the same size, don’t worry you can trim off the extra fabric during Step 4.

Fleece with sewing pins and square acrylic ruler.
Fabric fleece with pin.
Fleece fabric pinned together.

Step 4: Inspect the fleece to make sure they are both the same size, if not trim them until they are the same size. (Trimming away the selvage edges may have made a piece smaller than the other.)

Make sure the fleece measures a whole number on each side (no half inches, etc..) Trim it if necessary.

Fleece with acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to trim extra fleece.
Extra fleece trimmed away.

Step 5: Use a ruler to cut out a 5″ square out of each corner. This is to make the tie blanket corners.

If you have a quilting square ruler, you can use that.

P.S. Always use a self healing mat when using a rotary cutter.

Square ruler placed over the corner of the fleece with rotary cutter.
Corner trimmed from the fleece.

Step 6: To make the fringes, cut 5″ strips at every 1″ on the edge of each side of the fleece. 

You can use a yardstick or washi tape as a guide by lining it up with the 5″ corners. Cut up to the 5″ line.

You can also do as I did and use a square ruler and ruler and measure as you go.

I placed the long ruler at 5.5″ high, then I placed the square ruler on the edge, and used my rotary cutter to cut the fabric, stopping when I reached the ruler, which gave me a 5″ strip. I kept moving the square ruler to the next inch line and using my rotary cutter.

P.S. You’ll see that at first I placed my ruler on the 5″ line, but it was making my strips a little short because my rotary cutter would stop as soon as it got close to the ruler. I then moved it up to 6″ and would stop cutting when I reached the 5″ line. However, I noticed that if I put the ruler at the 5.5″ line, once my rotary cutter touched the ruler, my strips were exactly 5″.

If you do not have a rotary cutter, you can use good scissors. I found the rotary cutter to be super quick, easy, and it cut through both layers of fleece easily.

Rulers on fleece fabric with rotary cutter.
First strip of fleece cut.
First fringe cut.
Fringes cut out of fleece.
First layer of fleece lifted to show the black fleece is cut as well.
Cut the last section into two strips.
Fringes cut from first side.

Step 7: Repeat Step 6 until all four sides are cut with fringes.

Last section of fringes to cut.
Fringes all cut.
Fleece corner with fringes.

Step 8: Time to start tying the fleece together with knots to make it into a fleece blanket!

Grab a pair of fringe strips, make a loop, insert the end of the strips inside the loop, and pull tight.

P.S. You could also tie them together with a regular knot too, it would give it a more fringe look.

Fringe pair over finger.
Make a loop with fringe.
Fringe loop.
Tuck ends of fringe into loop.
Pull ends out of loop.
Pull knot up.
Fringe knot.
First fringe knot.

Continue doing this until all the fringe pairs are tied together in knots.

Remove the sewing pins as you go.

Two tied fringes.
Fleece blanket fringe edge.

This is the back of the blanket.

Back of fringe edge.
Blanket laying on the floor.
Fleece blanket on the floor.

DIY Fleece Tie Blanket

Fleece tie blanket draping over couch.
Close up of fleece blanket.
Rolled fleece tie blanket.
Fleece tie blanket made with aztec pattern.

Oh how I love how the tie blanket turned out!

Are you wondering how long it took to make?

The entire blanket took about a day to make. Tying the fleece blanket together took about 2 hours.

It sounds long, but it really doesn’t feel long…. I found it very relaxing to do.

I love that it’s huge blanket and it’s so comfy!

It’s big enough for my family to cuddle together on the couch. However, one of my daughters took it and is using it as her comforter on her bed! I guess that means I need to get more fleece fabric to make another one!

I think I may make a blanket ladder to display the blanket when we aren’t using it. That’s if my daughter gives me the fleece blanket back or if I make another one.

Have you ever made a fleece tie blanket before? Do you like to make big ones or smaller ones?

If you haven’t made one before, I hope I have inspired you to make one! It’s such a gratifying project and they make wonderful gifts too!

Now that I completed a no sew project, I’m thinking I should sew something! I don’t think I have done any sewing since the pencil case with lining! Oups!

Have a wonderful day!

Christine

Fleece tie blanket made with aztec pattern.

Fleece Tie Blanket

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $40

Learn how to make a fleece tie blanket. Making a tie blanket with fleece is easy and requires no sewing.

Materials

  • Fleece fabric 2 yards of fleece print
  • Fleece fabric 2 yards of fleece solid

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Sewing pins
  • Acrylic square ruler (optional)
  • Self-healing cutting mat (optional)
  • Rotary cutter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Trim selvage edge from all the fleece fabric. Selvage edge removed.
  2. Place the two pieces of fleece together with the back sides together. Aztec fleece laying on the floor over black fleece.
  3. Pin the two pieces of fleece together 6″ from the edge all the way around. Fleece with sewing pins and square acrylic ruler.
  4. Both piece of fleece should be the same size, if not, trim the extra fabric. Extra fleece trimmed away.
  5. Cut out a 5″ square from all 4 corners. Corner trimmed from the fleece.
  6. Make 5″ strips, 1″ apart, all the way around the fleece using scissors or a rotary cutter. Fringes cut out of fleece.
  7. Knot together each pair of strips in order to make a fringe. This is what will keep both pieces of fleece fabric together. First fringe knot.
  8. Enjoy your fleece tie blanket. Blanket laying on the floor.

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Julie Briones

Monday 15th of March 2021

Love this simple tutorial that create a beautiful fleece tie blanket! I remember making these for my littles years ago! ;-) Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About... I'll be featuring you at tomorrow's party! Pinned!

Our Hopeful Home

Sunday 14th of March 2021

I made a few of these for my son when he was a baby/toddler. Still have them. Love the pattern that you chose! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

NINA LEWIS

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Your blanket is so pretty -- and looks so soft! And getting a blanket ladder to display it while not in use is a fabulous idea. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I love the patterns you chose to make this blanket. And you made the whole process look so easy to do. Thanks for visiting and sharing with us this week. #HomeMattersParty

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