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…
Another No-Sew: This is the same idea but you tie loops instead of knots for a different effect.
Faux Fur: Pretty easy to make, two pieces pinned together then sewn (no topstitching required). Top is made with faux fur.
Braided: Since there are no tied knots, it has a less hard & bumpy edging.
Trimmed Edges: Uses double fold bias tape to finish the edges.
Bow-Tie Edge: Two contrasting pieces are used with the edges finished in a bow-tie technique.
Monster Lovey: Shows how to finish a square with edging, feet, arms and a monster head in crochet.
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.
Cozy Sweaters: Made by repurposing old sweaters for the top then border & backing with decorator fabric.
Patchwork Pom Pom: A cuddly plush center that is framed with patchwork and pom poms.
Cozy Flannel: The back is soft with strips of raw edges (that gets cozier with more use & washings), edge finished with bias tape.
Felted Wool Patchwork Quillow: Made with 9 squares of felt + 1 for a back pocket to fold the quilt into.
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.