Free Blanket & Throw Patterns – Tutorials: {Fleece & Fabric}

Here’s a nice collection of various blankets you can make using fleece and other assorted fabrics. These are so cozy to snuggle with on cold winter nights and couldn’t be easier to make! You’ll find a few no-sew versions (each showing different methods to tie or braid). I’ll be adding to this list as I find more, enjoy!

First, here are the fleece projects…
No-Sew: Made with two pieces in coordinating colors and cutting strips to make fringe for tying knots.

Another No-Sew: This is the same idea but you tie loops instead of knots for a different effect.
Argyle: It’s super-easy with light stitching, keeps you warm on winter nights.

Faux Fur: Pretty easy to make, two pieces pinned together then sewn (no topstitching required). Top is made with faux fur.
Planket: Pillow is attached making this a great idea for sleepovers and traveling.

Braided: Since there are no tied knots, it has a less hard & bumpy edging.
Yarn Fringe: Here’s an easy and ultra soft no-sew idea.

Trimmed Edges: Uses double fold bias tape to finish the edges.
Stadium Style: Made with 1-1/2 yards of 5 coordinating 60″ fabrics.

Bow-Tie Edge: Two contrasting pieces are used with the edges finished in a bow-tie technique.
Fun Turtle Design: The head doubles as a pillow, made in assorted colors (olive green, white, light green, light blue, red and royal blue) and lined with batting.

Monster Lovey: Shows how to finish a square with edging, feet, arms and a monster head in crochet.
Quillow: Folds up into a pocket that can be used as a comfy pillow (ideal for road trips).

Ragged Quilt: Easy! You’ll need a yard each of 4 different prints plus 2 yards of solid for the back.

Here’s a nice assortment you can make using a variety of materials (repurpose old sweaters, wool or flannel, cotton, etc.) and finished in a variety of ways.
Wool: Simple project made with wool and finished with decorative trim.

Cozy Sweaters: Made by repurposing old sweaters for the top then border & backing with decorator fabric.
Luxurious Wool: Made with just under two yards of wool melton cloth and edges finished with pretty binding.

Patchwork Pom Pom: A cuddly plush center that is framed with patchwork and pom poms.
Minky: Pretty cotton lined with minky and then topstitched all around for finishing.

Cozy Flannel: The back is soft with strips of raw edges (that gets cozier with more use & washings), edge finished with bias tape.
Linen: Lovely linen lined with cashmere.

Picnic: Has ties so it can roll up for easy storage.
Applique: This is a quick way to makeover a piece you have at home with the applique made from scraps and involves no sewing!

Felted Wool Patchwork Quillow: Made with 9 squares of felt + 1 for a back pocket to fold the quilt into.
With Rock Pockets: Simple patchwork top and backed with a full-sized sheet. Rocks are sewn in the corners to help weight it down from the wind.

Cosy Cross: This modern with a vintage touch couch throw is made from an assortment of linen/cotton blends with a soft cosy back.
Stitchery Example
Stitchery Example

The edges of vintage wool pieces may be uneven or frayed and the color could be faded and uneven in spots–but otherwise the bulk of it is intact and in great shape. By picking them up for a buck or two at garage sales and giving them a little TLC, you can have a chest full of great throws for just a few pennies.

Just trim down the edges so that everything’s nice and even again and you can do a few things with them, including:

  • Simply serge or hem the edges to prevent fraying (if necessary) and finish with a nice blanket stitch in a contrasting, but complementary color. This is a basic stitch that even the non-sewers can handle. Once everything’s cleaned up, use them in the car for road trips, for picnics or to cuddle up with when watching tv.
  • Cover them in flannelette. This is one of my favorite things since they’re nice ‘n cozy for snuggling under.
  • Use them for lap quilts. The wool will probably outlast the quilt pieces.
  • You can also tear up into pieces and dye them to use in crafts.

If the damaged ends have to be cleaned up, you’re not going to have standard sized bedding, but as you can see from above–they are nice additions and still quite useful for elsewhere around the house.

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    • Polly @ Helping Little Hands

    Thanks so much for linking to my fleece blanket post. Thanks!

      • Adeline Loyd

      Thank You for sharing

    • Christianne @ Little Page Turners

    Thanks for the feature! Looks like we’ll all be keeping warm in style this season. 🙂

    • Heidi

    I loved the blanket with the fringe. I made 13 no sew fleece blankets for Christmas this year and crocheted all of the edges except for two and when I used my blanket stitch rotarty wheel it perforated the fabric and it came off. I can do this with scissors on the other two and add a fringed border. It will take some time but worth the effort. Already have the colors in my head!! Thanks for sharing.

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