Winter isn’t over – there are still many chilly days ahead. Whether you are on the sporting field, napping or watching TV, there will be times when you need to snuggle with a warm blanket. Whatever your age or crafting ability, this quick project will appeal to everyone, particularly as there is no sewing required. By Judy Hall.
Polarfleece is ideal as it is light, soft, warm and doesn’t fray, making it perfect for a comforting, warm blanket either for a baby or an elderly person and everyone in-between.
Choose two fleece blankets or polarfleece by the metre – purchase 1.5m each of two different colours. Select different fleece patterns or two colours that complement each other. You may choose one solid colour and one patterned. It is better if they are of the same quality and the same thickness and pile. The finished project will look better for longer because one will not shrink more than the other, nor stretch more than the other.
If you are giving the blanket as a gift, consider the preferences of the person receiving the blanket. What colours do they like? If it is for a young child, choose some ‘hero’ type blankets or movie characters. If for a teenager or sportsperson, there are many sporting designs. You will have fun simply selecting suitable designs.
If the fleeces were not the same size when purchased, you may have to trim one fleece so as they are identical in overall size. If you have chosen to use purchased blankets, it is optional whether or not you wish to remove the finished edges. (I think it looks nicer if you do.)
Lay the two fleeces, wrong sides together, aligning all edges.
Mark a 5” square in each corner of both fleeces using a 5” square of cardboard, plastic, template or ruler. Remove that 5” square from all corners on both fleeces with rotary cutter or scissors.
Place the layered fleeces on a flat surface such as a table and mark 5” lengths, 1” apart on all sides. If you wish to have finer ties, you may choose to mark them only ½” apart. These markings don’t have to be precise but your finished blanket will look nicer if you take care to be reasonably accurate.
You may use scissors, rag snips or a rotary cutter to make the fringe cuts on each of the marked 5” lengths. Some may prefer to cut each fleece separately, particularly if you are weak in the wrists or your scissors aren’t really sharp!
Alternatively, there are special rulers with slots in them for accurately marking and/or cutting with a rotary cutter, making the process of fringing so much easier and faster.
Now for the fun part! Taking one strip of each colour, tie an overhand knot, thus forming a fringe trim. Continue knotting around all four sides of your fleeces. Be careful not to stretch the fringe strips when knotting. Make sure the knot is tight and is slid right up to the edge of the uncut fleece. When you reach a corner you will realize why I said to remove a 5” square from each corner. The fringe will continue around the corner flatter.
Next month I will show you how to make true fringing using everyday items you may have plus I’ll show you intriguing newer ways to make fringing.
Products in this article are available from good haberdashery retail outlets or from Punch with Judy, a regular exhibitor at the Craft & Quilt Fairs and Stitches & Craft Shows. Or visit www.punchwithjudy.com.au
Images courtesy: Judy Hall and June Tailor Inc.