Have you ever bought supplies for a craft and then never got around to it? Yeah, I think most of us have been there. But when you have a little boy who has a memory like a steel trap, they will remember if and when you bought supplies to do a craft with them. We ended up making this Kids Character Fleece Tie Blanket two whole years after we bought the fabric for it. I came across it while working on my Fabric Stash Excavation and set it aside. That was 8 months ago. Well that little boy has asked me about 5 million times since then if we could make it and finally, we did! I did need to help him by showing him how to measure and cut the fabric and I pitched in to help just so it didn’t take him hours to complete, but he was able to make this pretty much on his own. I think most kids his age or older would be able to make it (with a little grown up help.) These would also be great projects for Scouts to make and donate.
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Kids Character Fleece Tie Blanket
- 1.5 Yards Character Fleece Fabric
- 1.5 Yards Solid Coordinating Fleece Fabric
- Sharp Scissors (a Child Can Handle)
one: Trim off the selvage edges of the all the fabric. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s the ugly edge with the little holes in it and sometimes writing.
two: Stack the two pieces of fabric on top of each other, lining two joining sides (one corner) up evenly. Trim the fabric on the other two sides so that the two pieces of fabric are the exact same size. Leave them stacked together, solid color up, and flat on a table. Why, if both pieces are 1.5 yards, do you have to do this? Because the solid-colored fleece often comes in wider bolts than the character prints.
three: Use the ruler and scissors to measure and cut a 6-inch square off of each corner.
four: Use the ruler and scissors to measure and cut 1-inch notches along all four sides.
five: Cut the first notch up to the 6-inch point. For my son, I placed the ruler across this 6-inch mark to show him where to stop cutting. This is much faster than measuring every single strip. Repeat for all of the notches.
six: Flip the stack over so the print is on top. Tie each strip together in a simple knot as one. Some people like to tie their blankets together with the strips separate in two square knots like they’re tying shoes, but I like this method better. It makes the blanket look neater, lie flatter, and its half the knots to tie. I have a video below of my son tying some.
That’s it! We worked on this Kids Character Fleece Tie Blanket for a little over an hour and a half. That’s not bad considering the child labor involved. There’s nothing saying you have to do this all in one sitting either. Take your time and have fun with it. Now, my son insisted on Batman fleece, but you can find SO many fun prints at Joann’s and not just cartoon characters. And yes, obviously you can make a much bigger one for yourself like my college-aged daughter did. Just measure out as much fabric as you want to cover yourself. So what print do you think your kiddos would choose?
If you want to make a matching pillowcase for another project, you’ll want to see P.S. I Love You Crafts very popular Pillowcase Craft Using Sharpie Markers.
If you’re looking for other blanket projects for kids, All Free Kids Crafts have several to choose from, not to mention thousands of other fun Kids Crafts.