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I’ve always had a thing for blankets. Many of my favorite “heirlooms” are blankets — the old quilt my mom let me use over the side of the crib in our nursery, the colorful “snap” blanket of my grandmother’s, the thick brown stadium blanket from when I was a little girl. Many of the blankets around our home are worn and threadbare in places, but I love them still.
My oldest and youngest daughters have inherited this love of blankets. The oldest’s bed is piled with blankets in various materials, sizes and colors, and the baby often drags not only her special “blankie” around, but also the blankets she’s claimed as her own.
We keep our house fairly cold in the winter, so there’s a practical side to this too, but the truth is there’s nothing we love more than snuggling under a blanket together no matter the season!
This fleece fringe blanket is one of my favorite projects. It’s warm, soft and fun with it’s colorful fringe. They’re simple and easy to make, and you could roll it up and tie it with a bow under the Christmas tree or donate it to a community blanket drive for someone who may not have a warm blanket this winter.
- two pieces of coordinating fleece
**I used 1.5 yards of each color for a child’s blanket, but how much you use will depend on what size blanket you’re making
Make sure the edges of your fleece are straight and even. They don’t have to be perfect, but you’ll want to trim any obvious angles so that both pieces line up pretty well.
Start by cutting a square from each corner. The size of your square determines the length of your fringe, and although you could go as small as 3″ or so, I love long fringe, so I cut a 6″ x 6″ square from each corner (be sure to cut through both layers).
Choose a side to start with and begin cutting the fringe. Your cuts should be the same length as your corner (use the corner pieces you cut out in the previous step to help you measure your cuts as you go) and 1″ to 1-1/2″ wide.
I like to work in sections, cutting 6-8 sections of fringe at a time and then tying those before cutting any more. To create the fringe and secure the pieces of fleece, take the two layers of fringe and begin knotting them together, one strip at a time, with a double knot.
Repeat until you’ve made it all the way around your blanket.
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|Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way as well as a wife and homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|