Hi everyone! Thank you for joining us for another Sew Simple Saturday. I have a fun and easy project this week! Braided Edge Fleece Blankets! Recently our local animal shelter asked the community for blankets to help with the dogs and cats at the local Animal Shelter and Humane Society. I LOVE , LOVE helping our community whenever I get the opportunity. During the Black Friday sale at Joann's Fabrics, no pill Fleece , normally $10.99 to 12.99 per yard, was on sale for under $3.00 a yard! SO I went a little crazy and bought 10 yards! (I had them cut each at 1 1/4" yards) Now, I wish I had purchased more:.
I could just hem the edges and send the blankets on their way, but I decided I wanted to make them a little extra cute. For each blanket I used a 1 1/4 yards.
I have a few handy tips that makes this a fun and fast project!
First, choose your fleece and a coordinating thread! I ADORE using 12wt Aurifil with fleece. I chose a pretty variegated in color 4658. I also used a 100/16 needle.
Trim the selvages and cut about a 2" square off of each corner. This will eliminate some of the bulkiness when we hem the edges.
I chose a Blanket Stitch on my machine. Fold over the hem to about 2". (Same distance as the corner you cut out.) Now here's my tip: Instead of pinning the hem, I use a simple piece of cardboard the width of the hem as a guide. I just measure the turned up hem every so often with the cardboard. It helps me keep the hem even without having to measure or pin.
When you get to the corner, just fold over the hem and turn the corner. . You will have a raw edge on the 2" part that you cut out but don't worry about it now. I LOVE this Blanket Stitch using Aurifil 12wt! Look how pretty! Continue around all 4 sides.
But let's have a little more fun! Lay down the blanket and smooth down the hem. Then once again, cut out that corner. Be careful not to snip thru the seam.
Now, snip fringe all the way around the blanket approximately 1/2" wide intervals. I prefer to use my Karen Kay Buckley scissors. They have a serrated edge and grip the fleece so it doesn't slid away from the scissors. And they are very sharp and strong.
Or, and here is tip #2 - Use the top of your Shape Cutter ruler and Rotary cutter! And the slits are at 1/2" increments! Woohoo! Be sure the end of the cutting slit does not extend past your seam! Awesomesauce!
Be sure you have a fringe at the end and beginning of each side.
Continue around all four sides until you have Fringed the entire blanket.
Look how pretty. Now we could stop there and have a cute little blankie, but let's have some more fun and Braid those Fringed Loops!
I use a large Crochet hook, or you could just use your fingers. Start close to the end of one side an simply pull one loop through the next.
Continue up to the corner. The just grab the first fringe on the next side and keep going all the way around all four sides and back to where you started.
Then you will have one loop still on the hook.
I just remove the hook and fold (hide) the last loop into the next loop and hand stitch it into place with a needle and thread.
And you are finished!
Well, almost finished. You have to put a puppy on it to test it out!
Yep - works just fine! Now make another one! This one is for a kitty!
2 down and 6 to go! Woohoo!
Now I know I should have bought more fleece! I can't wait to deliver them. I hope I don't come home with a puppy though!
So, I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. I also hope you will consider donating a few blankets to your local Animal shelter.
This month the wonderful folks at Aurifil are gifting a beautiful set of 12wt thread from the Splendor 1920's collection. This is so neat because I didn't realize this months prize was 12wt! I am so jealous of whoever wins this. My only spool of 12wt yellow variegated is getting mighty low!
Look at these yummy colors!
And that's not all, a second lucky participant will win a Gift Certificate form the fabulous folks at the Fat Quarter Shop!
And, my ETSY shop , Featherweight Quilt Company, is donating a Mini Charm Christmas Hexagon Gift Kit to a third participant!! Woohoo!
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