Don’t you just love a warm custom fleece blanket in the winter? I know I do!
It’s so great to snuggle underneath it watching a movie with your family. Ahh, and the roaring fire crackling…Oh, wait. That part only happens in my dreams living in Florida. But still, I do love a great blanket when it gets cold (and it does get cold in Florida, contrary to popular beliefs!).
Anyway, I’m always looking for ways to make affordable, handmade gifts that don’t take a lot of time.
Plus, making things with my family is so fun! And knowing we are saving money on our gifts during the year, helps to keep our budget in check.
These custom fleece blanket gifts are so easy to make and it makes the best gift for babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults.
This is a no-sew custom fleece blanket, which makes it even better!
With just 4 supplies needed, you won’t be spending a bundle on this custom fleece blanket, and it will definitely be appreciated for years and years to come.
This gift is one that shows that it was obviously created with love and it only takes a little bit of time out of your day to make it!
What makes this a custom fleece blanket is that you can personalize it by choosing the colors you think the recipient would like! How neat is that?!
It can be finished in a total of 1 hour and that includes measuring, cutting and tieing to make it the very best custom fleece blanket!
And it won’t cost you an arm or a leg either!
So are you ready to start making this custom fleece blanket? Let’s get busy!
Custom Fleece Blanket Supplies:
- 1 Yard of Patterned Fleece
- 1 Yard of Solid fleece
- Scissors (sharp!)
- Large flat surface like a kitchen table
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Vanishing Fabric Marker (optional)
First, figure out how much yardage you need to each project. One yard is perfect for babies, whereas, two yards is perfect for kids and adults for a lap blanket.
This no-sew custom fleece blanket does not even require a sewing machine! Yahoo!
There are two types of fleece to consider purchasing. Choose a “No Pill Fleece” for your custom fleece blanket. No pill fleece won’t pill which means it won’t bead up after regular use. It may be a bit more expensive but will last and be softer for longer.
The double fleece makes this a nice and warm custom fleece blanket gifts! And the coordinating colors make it so pretty!
You must have sharp scissors for this project. Fleece is dense making it hard to cut through if you have dull scissors. If you plan on making several of these, go ahead and purchase a new pair of scissors and use them ONLY for fabric. This will make them last longer. Plus good sharp scissors will leave your fleece edges sharp and neat and not jagged. Plus, with the amount of cutting you will need to do on this project, sharp scissors will also save your hand from hurting.
Head to your local fabric store and pick out the fleece fabric for your custom fleece blanket.
Don’t forget your coupons!
We chose a pink and white polka dot print as well as a solid light gray fleece for the underneath. This was for a baby blanket.
Get them measured out in a total of 1 yard each for a baby/child and 2 yards for an adult.
With your sharp scissors, cut off the salvage edges.
Salvage edges are the parts where the machine held the fabric while printing. These usually are colored differently than the print on the fleece and they won’t look good if you leave them on. There also may be some frayed or jagged edges that you will want to trim off before you start.
On a flat surface lay your solid colored fleece flat out and overlay with the patterned fleece.
Be sure the patterned fleece pattern is facing upward and try to align the pieces as best as possible. You can pin them together so they don’t slide around on you.
Using your ruler, measure a 4 inch square from each corner as this will be your end pieces.
You can use a Vanishing Fabric Marker found with the sewing notions in a craft store to mark your measurements. It will disappear leaving no mark and is perfect for making measurements.
This is just the start of a beautiful custom fleece blanket!
We measured 4 inches up x 4 inches across.
Then using sharp scissors simply cut out a simple square out of the corner of the fabric.
Using a vanishing marker, mark every 1 inch down each side. This is where you will cut to make the ties for your custom fleece blanket.
If you are afraid you will cut too high, measure up 4 inches from each side and draw a line all the way down, from corner to corner. You will cut to this line each time you cut a tie. You could also use a piece of tape on your scissors 4 inches down so you don’t cut too high.
This can also be done quickly with a rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat. Just measure and cut with your rotary cutter every inch.
Then, starting with any side, start cutting the ties 4 inches in length and be sure they line up with your cut corners or cut to the line you made.
Do this until you have reached the end of the section. We cut slits one section at a time and then started the tying process. But you can do all the cutting and then do the tying last.
Take the bottom piece of fleece and tie a double knot with the top slit to combine the fleeces together.
All you need is a double knot for every 2 pieces of fleece, and this will keep your blanket intact for a long time.
This is how this custom fleece blanket stays together.
I’m sure you don’t mind this being a no-sew custom fleece blanket now! It’s so easy!
This is one of those easy projects that allows you to catch up on your favorite TV shows while you’re crafting up this special project.
Mix It Up – Custom Fleece Blanket Tying:
Did you know are several wasy to tie these custom fleece blankets? There are!
Check out this tutorial on how to braid the edges of a custom fleece blanket.
You can also add fringe instead of tying the edges together.
Here’s a great variation without knots!
There’s even a patchwork custom fleece blanket!
The possibilities are endless with these custom fleece blanket gifts!
This project was so easy and fun to make. And since this is a no-sew custom fleece blanket it makes them even better because you don’t need a sewing machine to make them!
Since you can customize the blankets in different ways, it makes for a great and affordable gift!
And since they only take an hour to make, these custom fleece blanket gifts will be great for everyone on your gift list!