The cooler weather has arrived, and suddenly the desire to craft has hit me like a storm, which means it is certainly a great time to share with you some no sew fleece crafts! Lets start with this super simple and adorable fleece doll blanket, that is a great fleece craft for kids as well, and of course, once you get the hang of it you can make blankets in any size you like!
Do check out my no sew fleece crafts in the archives for a ton of fun projects as well!
No Sew Fleece Doll Blanket Instructions:
- fleece in two colors
- sharp scissors
- masking tape
- a marker
- a few pins
Step 1: Determine the size you'd like the doll blanket to be, add 2" to the width and height and cut that first piece out. Lay the first piece on top of the second color, pin in place and cut out the second piece.
Step 2: Using masking tape, make a frame such that the extra 2" of fleece lies to the outside of the frame. Cut out the corner pieces as shown, and cut fringe about 1/2" wide.
Step 3: Start tying the top and bottom layers together with simple square knots, and however you decide to tie the knot, (namely which piece over which) make sure to tie all the knots in that way. Try not to pull the fabric as you tie the knots as that results in buckling. If any knots seem to be too tight, simply un-tie and re-tie a bit looser.
Step 4: Trim fringe if any pieces seem to be sticking out, or if you'd like the fringe to be a bit shorter. And that is it, an adorable doll blanket has been made! Our doll does seem warm, but it looks like she could use a pillow......the good news is, I've got a detailed step by step no sew fleece pillow tutorial coming up tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Note: Not all fleece is created equal, and basically you get what you pay for. Super cheap fleece blankets available at dollar store type shops can be a great way to obtain some fleece yardage inexpensively, but that fleece is generally quite thin and can result in fringe that doesn't hold its shape. That can be okay for projects where there is fringe in only one direction, as one can use the less stretchy direction for the fringe, but in the case of a blanket where there is fringe on all sides, the results may not be perfect. So before buying a bunch of cheap fleece, experiment!
That said, because is live in a somewhat remote location where the fleece yardage available is quite limited color-wise, many of the projects I've shared here have been made with fleece blankets. Enjoy!