Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here, sharing the instructions for a DIY no sew throw blanket. I love homemade gifts so I’m thrilled to show you how to make a tie blanket. They are great for children and adults and they can personalized by the fabric you choose as well as the size you make.
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 the fun colors and designs. Either way, there is definitely a universal love of blankets from the eyes of little people. And now that I think about it, us grown ups love our throw blankets too!
How do you make a no sew blanket?
These homemade tie blankets are a very simple way to give a child something special, tailored to their favorite colors or animals, to wrap themselves up in. Kids will love the way the handmade throw blanket looks, with the fun knot edges and two sided patterns.
What type of fabric should you use for your homemade blanket?
These no sew blankets can be made with your favorite fabrics. If you want a nice lightweight blanket for kids, you may consider using two cotton woven fabrics (either printed or solid or mixed). If you want a warmer throw blanket, you may consider using a light fleece material instead.
How many yards of fabric do you need to make a blanket?
Each yard of fabric is 3 feet wide so if you want to have a small throw blanket for a toddler, 1 yard will do. For a small child throw blanket, I would use 1.5 yards. For an adult throw blanket I would use 2 yards.
DIY Throw Blanket Materials
All you need is two types of fabric that are the same size and scissors. I find a ruler helpful too but you don’t have to have one.
Yup. That’s it. No needle. No thread. Nothing but fabric and scissors for this no sew blanket tutorial because we will be creating a knot edge.
How To Make A Tie Blanket
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 kind of fabric. How big? Well, that depends entirely on how big you want the blanket to be. For a small homemade blanket, I like to use 1 ½ yards. So get 1 ½ yards of EACH fabric.
Lay the fabrics out on a flat surface. One on top of the other with their pretty sides facing down for the first on and then up for the second one. Pin the two fabrics together all around the edges about every 12 inches. Cut away any excess fabric around the edges so that the two fabrics line up perfectly. All you’re doing here is evening everything up.
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 6 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.
How long does it take to make a no sew blanket?
I would say a homemade tie 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!
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Such a great idea for a present! I’ve been searching for the perfect present for a family member’s 7 month old and I think this would be perfect and heartfelt. 🙂 Thanks!
Sandra Watts says
That is so cool. It makes a cute blanket. 🙂
So glad you both like the idea. I’d love to know how you’re come out!!