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EASY Kids’ DIY No Sew Fleece Blanket

So, some days I need to get out in front of that energy before it takes over my house. Back in the winter we started sewing together and she also learned how to knit. Then I was popping around on Pinterest and I spied this great idea. It’s a knotted fleece blanket that is so easy an 8 year old can make it with a little bit of help. Off to the fabric store we went and one day later we had these great and amazing little blankets for each girl. They are completely thrilled and proud and it was all very simple to pull together.

 

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I was going to post this DIY no sew blanket later in the month, but then I spied this crafty linkup and thought why not? My girls are 11 and 8. They have been crafty from the time they were two. I am not joking at all. The oldest one, shown here, is crazy in love with making things.

Harnessing the Craft Energy 

So, some days I need to get out in front of that energy before it takes over my house. Back in the winter we started sewing together and she also learned how to knit. Then I was popping around on Pinterest and I spied this great idea. It’s a knotted fleece blanket that is so easy an 8 year old can make it with a little bit of help. Off to the fabric store we went and one day later we had these great and amazing little blankets for each girl. They are completely thrilled and proud and it was all very simple to pull together.

 
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All of the directions are here on New Chelsea Morning. http://anewchelseamorning.blogspot.ca/2007/08/anyone-can-do-this.html
 
Thanks to them for a great idea.
 

There is no sewing involved. Did I mention that? So, start with one and a half yards of fabric – it does look best if one side is solid and one side is patterned. We went with the cutest Little Miss and Little Mister Men character fleece on one side and then a plain colour on the other. You need one and a half yards of each fabric. Then trim the rough edges off and cut out a square at each corner (6 inches out of each corner.)

You need to measure well for this job and you also need to have a large floor or counter space to spread everything out. Of course you need scissors too. So once the squares are gone from the corner (crucial don’t miss) then you measure one inch wide strips down all four sides and cut through both layers of fleece. Kids can easily do all the steps and finish this DIY Fleece Blanket, but they need supervision with scissors and measuring too. Plus I didn’t want the TV on so they had full focus on what they were doing. It took a whole afternoon, but each child was thrilled with the results. Oh, and I almost forgot loop the strands. Don’t tie them individually, loop them together for a nice finish. (Here’s a little aside too, my girls both are sensory seekers in different ways, so the fringe on the edges of the blanket and the softness of the fleece, makes this a perfect sensory tool for both.

This is a crafty linky as I mentioned, and I spied the link up on Setting For Four, so pop by her site and link a post up there too. Have a crafty week!

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

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