New Ways to Finish Fleece Blankets

rosalee, 27 December 2010, 13 comments
Categories: Holidays, Interior Design

by RosaLee Ewell

I made three fleece blankets for my daughters this Christmas and I discovered three new ways to finish off the edges. Here are some pictures and easy to follow instructions so you can learn these cute ways to finish off your fleece blanket. I chose fleece to match their bedrooms. There are so many fun patterns of fleece to choose from. Have fun choosing something your kids, friends or family will love and that will bring out their personality. They are perfect to cuddle up in and watch a movie while it is snowing outside.

I used  two yards for each side to make it an extra thick blanket for warmth. You can choose two different fabrics or the same fabric for each side. The first one I used gold for one side and grey and white houndstooth for the other side. I finished it off by making cuts three inches apart and about two inches in length. I took a long needle and threaded it with strong thread. I pulled the thread between the cuts and looped the thread around to the back side and pulled around several times until it feels strong. Make sure you knot both ends of thread. As you pull the thread it makes a little bow. The finished edge looks like lots of cute little bows.

Two contrasting fabrics.

The contrasting fabric looks great with this bow tie edge.

Up close of the bow tie edge.

Finished blanket. So warm!

A gold ribbon tied around makes a beautiful gift.

The next blanket is 4 yards of the same fabric. I cut it in half and then I simply stitched about two inches from edge with a sewing machine all the way around the blanket. Then I made cuts about one inch apart. As you use this blanket and after some washes the edge will begin to curl and it makes a really fun curly edge.

This edge took no time at all.

Tied with a pretty shiny red bow for gift giving!

The third blanket I made is finished by making cuts one inch apart about 2-3 inches long. I snipped a little hole between the cuts so I could loop the cut strand through the hole like a topsy tail you do for your daughter’s piggy tail. I used a rug hook to pull the loop through and it went really fast. It gives it a really fun edge in no time at all!

Red and white paisley.

A small snip of the scissors gives you a hole to pull the cut piece through.

Rug hook pulled through hole and grab cut piece.

Pulling cut piece through hole.

You can also give these blankets as birthday gifts. Everybody loves a blanket to snuggle up in. It’s a heartwarming gift.


13 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. Debra Head
    21 March 2012, 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. Laura
    08 April 2012, 10:39 pm

    I appreciate that you are willing to share your ideas with others. Thank you.

  3. tabitha
    14 October 2012, 2:24 am

    I was just curious if there was a way you could make a video tutorial for those who are much better visual learnings than photographic? I get the gist of how to do this, just trying to figure out how you did the corners.

  4. Karen
    27 October 2012, 12:37 am

    Hi, ilove the one with the slits(no knots) but how do you cut such a tiny slit?? What size scissors and what size slit?

  5. Carolyn
    21 November 2012, 2:34 am

    These are awesome!!! I have been making these fleece blankets for some years and have now found so many ways to make them even prettier. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!

  6. Sarah
    09 December 2012, 7:42 pm

    I LOVE the yellow/houndstooth blanket! About how long did it take you to complete the blanket?!

  7. Donna
    16 December 2012, 5:46 am

    Do you still cut the corners like you do when your making the fringe

  8. Celeste
    27 December 2012, 2:14 am

    Using this idea to make one for my little sister in my sorority! LOVE the bows!

  9. rosalee
    08 January 2013, 12:36 am

    Thank you, that is my favorite one. It takes a little more time to do but well worth it. Just make sure you tie the knots nice and secure.

  10. rosalee
    08 January 2013, 12:39 am

    Yes. I do cut the corners. But you can experiment with it and see how you like it. I like the corners cut. Thanks.

  11. rosalee
    08 January 2013, 12:40 am

    I love it too. Thanks. I did it in a couple of hours. It was a little time consuming but worth it in the end. I love the yellow contrast to the houndstooth.

  12. rosalee
    06 February 2013, 1:05 am

    It is super easy. I just stitched all the way around the blanket and then made about 2 inch slits. This is the easiest one to do and the fastest.

  13. rosalee
    06 February 2013, 1:06 am

    Keep posted for video tutorials in the near future. Thanks!

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