WEEK 3

I have decided to make a fleece tie blanket for my first project. I decided to make this kind of blanket because i do not know how to use the sewing machine yet, so I improvised to make something that would not involve that.

Most fleece fabric comes 54 inches wide – your fabric should be at least 40 inches wide. The no sew fleece blanket can be sized in proportion to your recipient. For the big and tall, just make it a little larger. Here are some guidelines on how much fabric to purchase for your no sew tie blanket:

  • A baby or toddler – 1 to 1 1/2 yards of both fabrics
  • A child – 1 3/4 yards of both fabrics
  • An adult – 2 yards of both fabrics

Supplies:

  • Two pieces of outerwear fleece of the same dimensions. Each fabric piece may be a solid or a print, the same pattern or different patterns.
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • 5″ x 5″ piece of paper for a cutting guide

Directions:

  • Cut your fabric to the desired size.
  • Place one piece on top of the other lining up the edges. One piece will be the top and the other piece will be the bottom of your blanket.
  • Using your 5” x 5” paper guide, cut a square from each corner of the fabric, cutting through both layers of fleece.
  • To make the fringe, cut 5-inch deep slits at 1-inch intervals around all sides, cutting through both layers of fleece.
  • Using an overhand knot, tie one top and one bottom fringe together – tying every other fringe around the entire blanket.
  • Flip the blanket over and tie the remaining fringe together continuing around the edges until all fringe has been knotted.

Some Tips I found Online:

  • Tying double knots will assure your blanket does not come apart in the wash.
  • Pin the fabric pieces together to keep the fabric from shifting as you cut the fringe.
  • Using different types of knots will create different effects.
  • To care for your blanket, simply machine wash.

Here is the link of where i got my information from:

http://www.giftypedia.com/No_Sew_Fleece_Blanket

This is what a no tie fleece blanket looks like:

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Post #1- Declarative Statement

I am in Mrs. Rathgebers English 4 class, and we have to do a 20 time project and I am going to learn how to make blankets. As a kid a lot of the blankets i had and used the most are ones my mother made for me. Since i have a child on the way i wanted to learn how to make blankets just as my mom did for me. Over the next twelve weeks I will try and learn how to make blankets with for my child. I will also try and make blankets for the rest of my family and hopefully get good enough to donate some to charity.       I chose to make blankets for my 20 time project because it is something my mom used to do for me and my siblings. I think it is important for me to learn how to make blankets so that i can be doing for my child what my mother did for me. It is also important to me because me and my mom do not do very many things together. Learning how to make blankets would be a great way for us to bond and spend time together. Hopefully by the end of my twelve weeks i will have made at least a few blankets good enough for my family and to make my mom proud.

Inquiry Questions:

1. How much will the fabric cost?

2. How much fabric will it take to make 1 blanket?

3. Will i have to use the sewing machine to make these blankets?

4. How much will the doctor bill cost if i hurt myself using the sewing machine?

5. What brand of fabric is the best?

6. What stores sell fabric for the cheapest price?

7. How many different types of blankets can i make in twelve weeks?

8. What are some places i can donate these blankets to?

9. What kind of equipment other than a sewing machine will i need?

10. How hard would it be to monogram my own blankets?