I’ve made a few tie blankets in my day. Let’s face it they are simple to make, don’t require a tricky sewing machine, and they make great homemade gifts! So yes, I have defaulted to this one more than once during the holiday season. However the most recent blanket that I made has changed my perspective on this whole subject. The end result is still a perfectly simple blanket, but the process only involves a single knot. Just one! Intriguing right? Keep reading to find out how I did it…
I made this particular blanket for the same baby shower as the tissue paper poufs. It was part of the gift that I gave the mommy-to-be, and let me just say that she loved it! The fabric is adorable, so I can’t take all the credit for her liking it, but it did mean a lot that it was handmade. In fact, my original plan was to make a tie blanket… until I thought about how hard those knots around the edge can be and that maybe the fringy sides weren’t a great idea for an infant’s blanket. So I started looking on Pinterest and came across this wonderful post.
To make a no-sew, no-tie blanket, you will need:
2 pieces of fleece fabric that are the same size (for this blanket, I asked for a yard and a half, but it you’re making it for a full-sized human two yards might work out better)
Fabric scissors (trust me on this, you need some SHARP scissors or the “simple” part of this project just flies out the window)
1. The first thing you want to do is lay out your pieces of fabric on top of each other, with the wrong sides touching and the right sides facing out. Do your best to trim off any excess fabric along the edges so that they line up fairly well.
2. Next, cut a square out of each corner. Make sure to cut through both pieces of fabric. It should measure about an inch and a half. Next, you will be cutting strips along all sides of the blanket that should be an inch or so wide and an inch and a half deep. Again, cut through both pieces of fabric. If you are as OCD as I am, you might find it helpful to mark you scissors with a pencil 1 ½ inches from the end, and then line up your mark with the edge of the fabric. This way, each cut should be the same length.
3.Once you have strips all the way around, you will need to cut small slits in each of your strips. Right about now is when you will start to be thankful for those sharp scissors. Every strip needs a slip, which means that both fabrics need the slits. Your slits should be about ¼ long and be made right in the middle of each of your strips, running parallel to the cuts you made to make the strips. See below for a picture that will help clarify.
4. This next part is a little tricky until you get the hang of it, so if doesn’t look right after you “weave” the first few strips, don’t hesitate to undo it and try again. After you have all your slits, pick a strip to get started with (I wouldn’t recommend starting with a corner strip, it might be a little trickier to tie it off at the end) and push the top strip through the slit on the bottom strip. You will then take the bottom strip and push it through the hole of the top strip that is directly next to it. Then, take the second top strip and push it through the second bottom strip. Continue these steps all the way around, until you have reached your starting point. The tutorial that I learned this technique from suggested unfolding and using a paper clip to help get the strips through each slit, but I had no trouble doing it with just my fingers.
5. When you get to the end, you want to take your last strip and cut through the slit so that you have two smaller strips (see picture below). You will then tie off the blanket by pushing one of the smaller strips through the very first tying a solid knot. Done!
I must say, this way of making a no-sew blanket was a great alternative to the tie-blanket that I have always made. This was my first time making a blanket like this, but it will certainly “knot” be my last! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section! I would love to hear how your no-sew, no-tie blanket came out!