Braided Fleece Blanket Tutorial

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This is a fun way to finish the edge of a simple fleece blanket that is similar to a “tie-blanket”more sophisticated look.

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1 1/2″ yards of a fleece material, I used lavender fleece

scissors

sewing machine and thread

and a crochet hook

To start this project trim your fleece fabric by cutting of the selvage edges to have one nice clean piece of fleece. You should only need to trim 1″ off of two sides.

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The you are going to cut a 2″ square out of each corner of the fleece looking like this:

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repeat on all four corners.

Now we are going to do 4 simple straight stitch on our machine. Take your blanket and fold the edges over so you make a 1″ flap with a square corner like this and stitch.

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Repeat this step for the other three sides of the blanket.

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Now we are going to snip 1/2″ tubes on the edges of your blanket right up to the stitch making little 1/2″ tubes.

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Now we are going to pull the first tube into the second tube with our crochet hook. Then pull the secod into the third and so on an so fourth. You’ll start to notice the awesome braided edge that this technique makes. 20131104_133451

This is a much more grown up version of the standard tie blanket. You can even sew two piece of different colored fleece together to get a two toned look or use a printed fleece on one side and a solid on the other to make a solid border. Get creative. This is a project that makes a great simple gift. You can also use this technique to make a scarf, small baby blankets and so much more!! Get creative Folks! I hope you enjoyed this very simple braided blanket tutorial.

Happy Crafting

X<3 Dani

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8 Comments

  • Jodi Beauchamp

    Love this braided fleece blanket.
    What do you do when you get it braided all the way around and get to the end to keep it from coming undone?

    Also how would you braid it if you sew 2 pieces of fleece together?
    Thanks
    Jodi

    • Dani

      Hi Jodi,
      So when you get to the very end you can cut it and knot it to make it simple or you can take out the stitch of the final tube and thread it through the last stitch and sew it back in place to create a more finished look.

      As for making a blanket that is two tone you would sew the two pieces of fleece together, leaving a little gap to pull it through, flip them right side out, stitch up your gap and then proceed to cut out the 2″ squares from the corner and make the same process you would with one piece of fleece. This will make your throw thicker and make your braid 2 tone and more interesting.

      I hope that answered all of your questions!

      Happy sewing

      X<3 Dani

  • Lois

    Could you please make a video tutorial how to tie off the blanket when you get to the end to keep it from coming undone? I’m sorry but I am unclear how to do it.

  • Paula

    Sorry one more question. When doing this with 2 fabrics. I understand sewing wrong sides together..turning right sides out. & Cutting squares. But then do you still fold over the edges before you cut the 1/2 inch notches?
    Thank you

    • Dani

      When using two fabrics you do not need to fold over the edge, instead you can just make a stitch 1″ down all around the edge of the blanket to keep the “braid” look in place. Hope that answers your question :)

  • Monica

    I tried this method on a scarf. Don’t know how it was suppose to look with no picture, but the ends cupped and it looks like it could be a slinky wrap. Where did I go wrong?