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Taking control of your home decor has never been easier with a DIY no sew throw kit! With the right materials and a few simple steps, you’ll craft an incredibly cozy fleece blanket that looks store-bought.
No sewing machine needed – just scissors and the skill to tie knots. Grab your fabric swatches, roll up your sleeves, and get ready.
To start, gather your supplies. You’ll need two yards each of two coordinating fleeces. Opt for super soft and cozy fabrics. Additionally, you’ll need a ruler, fabric scissors, and scissors for cutting fringe.
First, lay your fleeces with the wrong sides facing up and smooth out any wrinkles. Place the ruler along the edge and use the fabric scissors to cut straight edges on all four sides.
Next, match up the edges of the complementary fleeces with right sides facing each other. Use scissors to cut 2-inch fringe along the edges, being sure to avoid cutting through both layers.
Now for the fun part – tying knots! Separate the fringe pieces into pairs, one from each fleece layer. Tie the pairs together in double knots until you’ve secured all the way around the blanket.
Finish by trimming any uneven fringe and admiring your handiwork! The result is a wonderfully warm, cozy blanket with a pop of color from the fringe.
Table Of Contents
- Key Takeaways
- Step 1: Choose the Fabric
- Step 2: Line Up the Two Fabric Pieces
- Step 3: Trim to the Same Size
- Step 4: Cut Out the Corners
- Step 5: Cutting the Fringe
- Step 6: Begin Tying Knots
- Step 7: Continue Around the Blanket
- Tips and Tricks for Making a No-Sew Throw
- Customizing Your No-Sew Throw Kit
- Choose coordinating fabrics that complement each other in pattern, texture, and color.
- Cut straight edges on the fleece and remove 5-inch squares from each corner to avoid curling.
- Create a 2-inch fringe along the edges of the fleece, avoiding cutting through both layers.
- Tie the fringe pairs together in double knots, ensuring they are snug but not too tight.
Step 1: Choose the Fabric
Choosing the right fabric is crucial when making a no-sew throw blanket. To start, pick one print and one solid color fleece that complement each other in pattern, texture, and color for the best finished look.
Varying the textures and patterns will make the blanket more visually interesting. Make sure to select fabrics in harmonious colors that will pair nicely together. Choosing fabrics that have a pleasing contrast, without clashing, will result in an attractive blanket.
Consider combining a small-scale floral print with a coordinating solid, or pair a polka dot fabric with a complementing plain fleece. Selecting the right complementary fabrics is an important first step in creating a stylish no-sew throw.
Choosing the right fabric
You’ll want to go with a fun print and a cozy solid for your no-fuss blanket. When choosing fabrics, let your imagination run wild with playful prints or patterns meaningful to you. Complement them with a plush solid. Consider textures like velveteen or sherpa for extra snug appeal.
Mixing prints takes coordination confidence, so solids pair effortlessly. Choosing fabrics is the best part, as they’ll set the vibe for your DIY no-sew throw.
Consider print and color
When picking fabric, decide on a fun print plus a coordinating solid for contrast. Pick a print that reflects the recipient’s personality or interests – florals for gardeners, animals for pet lovers. Contrast the print with a solid that complements or matches a color from the print.
Tonal solids work well. For a personalized touch, use the recipient’s favorite color, school colors, or team colors.
Solid colors allow the print to pop while adding visual interest. Have fun matching patterns and hues when selecting fabrics for your no-sew throw.
Size and measurements
Stretch out the endless possibilities for this transforming blanket as you start with oversized yards of fleece.
- Buy extra yardage for larger sizes.
- Allow 10% shrinkage.
- Add 14 inches per side for fringe.
- Cut 70 x 86 inches for a twin bed.
The custom sizing makes this handmade blanket exceptional. With ample fabric, creative minds can construct an oversized masterpiece.
Step 2: Line Up the Two Fabric Pieces
With twinned fleece ready, flip right sides face to face and smooth the layers evenly as you prepare to trim. Place one print fabric on top of a companion solid, right sides together, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Take care to align the fabric grain perfectly, using the selvage edge or a square ruler. Precise alignment creates a symmetrical finished blanket with knots meeting cleanly between upper and lower layers.
Mistakes in lining up or small fabric inconsistencies will show once tied, so precision matters. Some kits offer twin prints in place of a solid, giving you freedom to pair colors and patterns while learning useful alignment skills.
Either way, keep the fleece flat and wrinkle-free before cutting, as you get ready to trim excess material.
Step 3: Trim to the Same Size
You should check the fabrics are the same size before aligning them, then run the rotary cutter along the edges simultaneously to trim them evenly. This avoids stretching or distorting the fleece when cutting. Choosing matching width fleece from the start simplifies trimming, but taking a minute to line up and even the edges ensures nicer fringe and a neat, flat blanket.
If making a custom throw kit, be mindful of fabric requirements based on desired finished size plus fringe allowance.
Pro tip: Mark cutting lines on the backing to guide the rotary blade for perfect edge alignment.
Precise trimming sets up the next step in your no-sew throw kit: cutting slits for the fringe that will be tied into cozy knots.
Step 4: Cut Out the Corners
After lining up the fabrics, reach for the scissors to cut off a 5-inch square from each corner. Too rounded corners can cause your blanket to curl, so confidently cut those 90-degree angles! Removing the corners opens up possibilities for creative expression.
For a fun, fringeless variation, cut curved corners instead. Or try rounding just two corners while leaving the others square.
Cornerless blankets can also make a statement, but may sacrifice stability or lay flatness. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Blanket-making offers liberation through small acts of crafting rebellion.
Follow your inspiration to design a no-sew throw as unique as you. Embrace those scissors as tools for channeling your creative power and cutting a blanket that defies conformity.
Step 5: Cutting the Fringe
Garden the sea through your fleece, swaying the blades to make curls of whimsy. Here are 5 tips to help you cut perfect fringe:
- Use a rotary cutter for quick, even cuts
- Cut widths between 1-3 inches for fullness
- Consider machine cutting for large projects
- Mark intervals with tape for consistency
- Trim uneven edges once finished
When cutting the fringe, you unlock the potential for creative expression. Play with different widths and spacing to achieve your desired drape and texture. Flow through the fabric like water, cutting into the unknown. With each snip, patterns emerge that reflect your unique vision.
Embrace the freedom and spontaneity of fringe cutting. Discover beauty in the unraveling.
Step 6: Begin Tying Knots
Begin tying the balloon or shoelace knots one side at a time, working methodically around all sides. There are a few knotting techniques to make these no-sew blankets. Try a basic overhand knot, twisting the fringe strands together twice before pulling tight.
Or go for the classic shoelace knot, looping one strand left over right. Balloon knots involve threading the end of one fringe through the looped middle of another for a whimsical touch. Be consistent with your selected knotting method, tying snugly but not too tight.
Take care to match up the front and back fringe pieces as you work your way around the blanket. Vary the order you tie each side to avoid boredom. Before you know it, you’ll have a handmade throw with personality to brighten someone’s space.
Step 7: Continue Around the Blanket
You’re doing great! Keep tying knots around the blanket’s edges until you’ve worked your way completely around all sides. For example, my friend Sally started on one edge and methodically tied knots every inch, moving gradually to finish knotting the entire fringe border.
As you continue knotting, experiment with different tying techniques like the classic overhand knot, the sturdy square knot, or even bow ties for extra flair.
Keep the knots uniform but not too tight. Take a moment to admire your handiwork and fringe variations so far. Before you know it, you’ll have completed encircling the blanket with artfully tied fringe.
With each knot, you’re getting closer to a cozy, homemade masterpiece. Savor the satisfaction of crafting something special through this liberating no-sew technique.
Tips and Tricks for Making a No-Sew Throw
Tie the knots snugly but not tightly so the blanket lays flat.
- Measure and cut the fringe to 5 inches for uniformity.
- Start knotting in a corner and work your way around the blanket.
- Choose fun prints that reflect the recipient’s personality.
- Pair solids and prints in complementary colors for a polished look.
When making a no-sew throw, focus on keeping the knots secure but not too tight. Fringe length and knot placement impact the drape and feel of the finished blanket. Have fun selecting fabrics and patterns that are meaningful to the recipient. Thoughtful details like fringed edges and personalized prints make these handmade throws special.
With some simple tips, you can create a cozy and heartfelt gift using the no-sew technique.
Customizing Your No-Sew Throw Kit
Choosing the perfect pieces of fabric is key to creating a custom no-sew throw that reflects your unique style. Look through fleece options for fun prints that represent your personality, interests and hobbies.
You could also opt for a sentimental pattern that reminds you of a special place or time. Mix and match solid colors to complement the patterns. Add personal flair by getting creative with the fringe – make some longer and some shorter for visual interest.
Explore different knotting techniques like the shoelace knot or the square knot for variety across the throw. Many online retailers offer custom kits where you can select the exact fabric pieces and size.
With so many ways to make it your own, you’ll end up with a cozy blanket you’ll cherish for years.
Creating a cozy, custom no-sew throw blanket is an easy and fun project for crafters of all skill levels. Start by selecting your fabric and lining up the two pieces. Trim them evenly, cut the corners, and add the fringe.
Then it’s time to tie knots along the edges, keeping them snug but not too tight.
With a few handy tips, your no-sew throw kit will turn out great! Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just to brighten up your home, your custom throw is sure to be a hit.