Thanksgiving has come and gone and winter is on it’s way as December begins and if you’re like me you’ve heard Christmas songs over and over again (“God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” onstage, in particular). As the cold air bites at my ears and nose, the lyrics: “The weather outside is frightful” play in my mind, and eating a bowl of warm chili as I curl up in blankets is all I want for Christmas. Already sales have sprung up for Christmas presents, promising great unbeatable deals. Although I find pleasure in purchasing a great deal, I find even more enjoyment in making gifts. You’re probably thinking, “That sounds like a lot of work.” In fact, there’s several presents and D.I.Y. gifts that can be affordable, fun, and easy to make and require a small amount of tools. Over the next few weeks I’ll show you how great D.I.Y. can be for Christmas gifts. My first project, the knotted fleece blanket, is great for snuggling, warming up, and the perfect present for the person whom you don’t know what to get.
Fleece (2 panels, 2 to 2 1/2 yards of 45″ wide)
Rotary Cutter (if available, but not necessary)
Start by laying the fabrics on top of one another. Make sure the bottom layer has the wrong side up and place the top layer on top of it with the right side facing up. Trim any access fabric to make the pieces equal.
Cut a 3″-5″ square off the corners with a rotary cutter, or make a square with a piece of paper and use it as a pattern to cut out your square.
Begin cutting tassels with about 1″-1 1/2″ width. Make the tassels the same length of the square you cut on the corners in Step Two. For example, if you cut a 3″ square, cut your tassels to be 3″ long.
Tie the tassels on the bottom and top layers together using either an overhand knot or square knot. Don’t know how to tie either one? Check out these videos for more info:
Voila! You’re done! For my blankets I used 1 1/2 yards and it made a perfect size blanket for pets (which my roommate Maggie illustrated as she attempted to sit in the middle of a blanket I was tying) or in my case for young babies. I’ll be donating these blankets and others to Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to kids and adults in need. Who knew D.I.Y. could be easy, require simple materials, and keep those you love warm and comforted? Keep in mind that fleece has many prints, not just baby prints, including popular characters like Snoopy and sports teams for those who cheer on a specific team. Sales on fleece are abundant at fabric and craft stores right now, so what are you waiting for? Head to your local fabric store or search online today for Cyber Monday sales!