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