Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here. And I love handmade Christmas presents. So I’m thrilled to show you how to make a handmade throw blanket.
Handmade Blanket Tutorial – no sewing necessary for this DIY throw blanket
It’s always struck me as interesting how much kids love having their own blanket. I mean, it’s not exactly a Toy so to speak. Maybe it’s the comforting feeling of being wrapped up in something that’s especially for you, or maybe it’s fun colors and designs. But either way, there is definitely a universal love of blankets from the eyes of little people (well… and us grown ups too!).
This is a very simple way to give a little guy something special to wrap themselves up in. Kids will love the way the handmade throw blanket looks, with the fun edges and two sided patterns.
DIY Throw Blanket Materials:
Two types of fabric, the same size.
Yup. That’s it. No needle. No thread. Nothing but fabric and scissors.
How To Make A Handmade Throw Blanket With No Sewing Needed:
First just pick out two patterns, any material, as long as both kinds of material are the same. How big? Well, that depends entirely on how big you want the blanket to be. For a small blanket, perhaps for a 2-5 year old, I like to use 1 ½ yards. So get 1 ½ yards of EACH fabric.
Lay them out on a flat surface. Pin them together all around the edges, and then cut all the way around so that the edges line up perfectly. All you’re doing here is evening everything up. (You don’t need to go crazy with the pins. One every 12-18 inches is plenty)
Working on one side at a time, remove the pins, and cut a sort of “fringe” into the fabric. I make the strips about 1 ½ inches wide (although I don’t measure, I just eyeball it) and about 7 inches deep into the fabric. When you get towards the corner see step 4.
Then double knot the fringes together.
When you get towards the edge take the next few pins out on the next side and cut the edges like this:
Don’t forget to snip that extra length off the end like in the second picture.
And then continue down the next side. Cutting a few, and then tying a few as you go. I like to cut about a dozen, and then go back and tie. It gets me in a bit of a groove, without cutting SO many that the fabric starts to slide around.
And that’s it folks!! Super simple. I would say a handmade throw blanket done this way takes about an hour or so. And kids really do love them.
Do you think you’ll make a handmade blanket for a little one in your life? Or maybe a big one??? I made one that was three yards for my grandmother last year and she LOVED it.
Do you think you will try this handmade throw blanket tutorial? I’d love to hear about your handmade blanket, either in the comments below or on Twitter at @NJFarmScribe. I always love to hear feedback from people!