I have two blog hop posts scheduled this week. If you’re looking for the Fall Into a QAL post, you can find it here.
Welcome to my day on the Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Thanks, Carol, for providing us with this wonderful opportunity to be inspired for making or at least thinking about gift giving.
If you’ve arrived late to the party, do not fear. I’ll have all the links of the participating bloggers towards the end of my post.
Now on with the show.
When our foreign exchange daughter recently returned for a visit and more schooling, she wanted my help in making another blanket made from fleece. Ten years earlier, she lived with us for a year going to high school and stealing our hearts forever. Shortly after she arrived for that first trip, I showed her how to make a tie blanket for herself. She enjoyed making this no-sew blanket and still uses it. I really should have shown her how to use a sewing machine and then she’d be quilting with me, too.
Tie blankets make great gifts. They’ve been around for awhile but we tend to forget about those oldie but goodies. Now is a good time to find fleece on sale.
You will need two pieces of coordinating fleece that are the same length. I use anywhere from 2 to 2.5 yards for the length for an adult. (For a child, 1 to 2 yards depending on their size.)
Lay one of the pieces on the floor with the right side down (wrong side facing up). Using the edge of your cutting ruler, smooth but don’t stretch it.
Then lay the other piece on top placing wrong sides together (the top piece will have it’s right side up).
Smooth this out with the edge of the ruler. Now trim off the selvedges and square it up.
Cut a 4″ square out of each corner cutting through both layers at once. (For a child’s size, I cut a 3″ square.)
Cut 1″ x 4″ strips along each of the four sides cutting through both layers at once. (I’ve also used masking tape stretched between the two squares of each side and then just cutting to the edge of the tape.) (A child’s version would have 3/4″ x 3″ strips cut along each side.)
Now take two ties that are together (one will be the bottom layer and one will be from the top) and tie them together. Since I’m not a boy scout, I have no idea what the name of the knot is but you’ll need to tie it twice to secure it. It might be a square knot but it goes right over left, through the hole and pull; then left over right, through the hole and pull.
You should end up with a knot that has the fleece from the bottom now showing on the top. This means that the top fleece is now showing up on the underside. This makes it look really nice.
Continue tying all around the sides.
And you are done! It probably takes about 3 hours total.
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What I Learned Today:
- Christmas will be here before I know it as Fall seems just around the corner. Probably because I’m involved in the Fall Into a QAL.
- Every year seems to be going faster.
- Tu-Na Helper and I have been hearing the songs of cicadas lately. This is something new. At first we thought this was an interesting and fun sound. Then we did some research and found out that they feed on tree sap. This is not good as Tu-Na Helper and I worked hard to plant our trees and we don’t want to lose them. We need to find a cicada catcher. Any suggestions?
Question: Is there someone on your Christmas list that would like a tie blanket? I’ve got 2 sets of fleece in my closet just waiting for me to use them: one is ducks and the other is teddy bears. Sounds like gifts for children.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts