HOW TO MAKE A SINGLE LAYER FLEECE BLANKET
THIS CHAPTER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING DOUBLE LAYER/TIED FLEECE BLANKETS.
HOW TO MAKE SINGLE FLEECE BLANKETS for Project Linus
Start with 1.5 to 2 yards of fleece. Larger fleece is great for teens! Single layer fleece blankets only, please. Doubles are too hot and heavy for the hospitals. Standard width of fleece is 60” wide. (A cut length of 1.5 yards is 54” … A cut length of 2 yards is 72”) This is before any fringe is cut!!!! You will lose a total of 8” off the width and 8” off the length when you cut the fringe. So a 54” long piece will only be 46” long and a 72” long piece will only be 64” long. Kids age 10 and up need bigger blankets! We give blankets to kids all the way up to age 18. *Please keep in mind that a fleece print with baby duckies on it is probably not suitable for a bigger kid so making a 2 yard blanket out of duckies wouldn’t be my first choice. Fleece that is more appropriate for tweens and teens should be in the 2 yard range. The absolute smallest fleece I would buy would be 1.25 yard length. This would measure 45” before cutting fringe and 37” after cutting fringe. I would not go any smaller than that.
REMEMBER: If you need to wash the blanket for some reason before donating, please DO NOT use fabric softener. The hospitals have told us that some kids are allergic to softener and we have no way of knowing ahead of time which kids will receive which blanket.
So let’s get started on making a SINGLE fleece blanket……
1. CUT THE SELVAGES OFF THE FLEECE! This is the edge of the fabric that runs the length of the cut. It is how the factory makes the fleece. It is usually curled over and thinner and sometimes white in color. Please cut off this edge on both sides. It only takes a minute to do and makes a much nicer finished blanket. Plus if you cut it off now, I don’t have to cut it off later!!!! (Please and thank you.) Also straighten out any badly crooked ends.
2. CUT A 4“ SQUARE FROM EACH CORNER. Tip: If you measure and cut the first 4” X 4” corner off the blanket you can then use this piece to mark the other corners. Fleece sticks to fleece without using pins!! You are cutting off the corners so that after you cut and tie the fringe you won’t be left with some really weird hunk of fabric in the corners.
3. NOW CUT FRINGE ON ALL 4 SIDES. Fringe can be ½” wide to 1” wide. But I find the smaller width of fringe to be a more comfortable size to tie. It doesn’t matter if you have an even number of fringe on each side. As you start tying the knots if you run into a single fringe just tie a knot on itself. Once the blanket is done you’ll never see it. DO NOT TIE TO TIGHTLY OR BLANKET WILL START TO CURL.
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