For soon-to-be moms who are running through a checklist of to-dos before baby arrives, a do-it-yourself baby blanket is just the thing for a comfy and cozy no-sew option to put a creative touch on the nursery. They also make for great baby shower presents for the parents of a newborn infant and for gifts for grandparents.
The Benefits of Making No-Sew Blankets
Blankets are typically useful gifts for newborns because the items are necessary to keep them safe and warm, there will always be a need for them. Despite the fact that many linens are well made these days, repeated use can wear them down and eventually cause the need for a replacement.
That said, sewing a blanket can be a tedious process that many people simply do not have the time for, or they lack the technical skills to properly execute such an undertaking. Therefore, no-sew blankets are quickly becoming a popular gift idea.
Materials Needed to Make a No-Sew Blanket
Before beginning this DIY project, it is important to first gather the materials. Individuals intent on creating a no-sew baby blanket will need about a yard’s worth of solid-colored and patterned fleece fabric, a cardboard square, a pair of fabric-cutting scissors, a ruler and blanket stuffing, which is optional and can be included with designs on fortifying the linen to provide greater warmth.
Step-By-Step DIY Process
Step 1: Find a Large, Flat Surface
Typically, an expansive and flat surface, such a kitchen or dining room table will be needed. It is important to have ample room to spread out the fabric, perform the required measurements, and execute the necessary cutting and any other associated actions necessary in completing the project.
Step 2: Position the Fabric
Once the surface is established, the first action is to lay one piece of fabric face down. Once the first piece of fabric is placed, the other piece of fleece is positioned directly atop, facing up. If the blanket is to include blanket stuffing, the material should be placed in between the two pieces of fabric.
Step 3: Smooth Out the Fabric
Once both pieces of fabric are properly positioned, they must be smoothed out so all four corners line up evenly.
Step 4: Section the Squares
After the fabrics are aligned, cut four squares out of the four corners using the cardboard square templates.
Step 5: Cut the Fabric
When the corner templates are made, ensure both sections of fleece are firmly together and then make a four-inch incision into the fabric and a one-inch wide cut across on all four sides of the blanket to create corner fringes.
Step 6: Knot the Blanket Together
Following the creation of the corner fringes, tie the blanket together using double knots.
How To Properly Care For a No-Sew Blanket
No-sew fleece blankets can be kept soft and clean by washing them separately from regular laundry loads using warm water and detergent that is free of bleach.
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