Rob and I got up yesterday morning and left the house. Yes.we.did. We had sooo much fun. Without boring you to tears, I'll just say that we went to the mall (something we almost never do). But y'all. I needed new **ahem** under...wear and there's only one place and one kind I've bought for ten years. Without saying anything that will get the strange people interested in my blog, let me say I have to go to a store with a first name that starts with V and a second name that starts with S and that store is only found in malls. My word, there's something wonderful about having brand new you know what.
Anyway, after a romantic lunch in the food court (he did A&W and I did Subway) and really, really quick trips to Bath and Body Works and Hallmark and JoAnn's Fabrics and Sears and Michael's and Sportsman's Warehouse and Barnes & Noble and Target, we went to the movies.
We saw The Bourne Ultimatum. OK. Here's what I thought. The popcorn was great. But....I saw that The Nanny Diaries is playing! So Krissy and I have a Saturday afternoon date. I read the book a couple of years ago, thought it would make a great movie and I seriously cannot wait to see it. I just can't make Rob go with me though. I'm pretty sure his opinion would be that the popcorn was great. LOL
OK, back to the title of this post. I've seen these sweet fleece blankets around forever and I knew I could do it if only I could find instructions. Amazingly, the places that sell fleece look at you like you're weird if you ask them how to make the cute blanket they.have.on.display. So I went to the Internet. If you're one of the last five or six people on the face of the planet who doesn't know how to make one of these, I'm here to help. :-)
Make sure all your edges line up together and handle this fleece gently. Don't stretch and pull it. It's better to just smooth it together since fleece will give a lot and seriously stretch out of shape.
Now you're going to go down each side and make one-inch cuts all along the borders. I found that laying a yardstick across the side at the six-inch mark made it easy to know how far to make each cut. And I used a ruler to mark off the one-inch points where I was going to make the cut.
So I don't really know how to show you that except to say, do it like I'm doing it in the photo. Keeping the two strands together, raise them up and then bring them back through the circle, from the back to the front. Here's where you manipulate the strands to tie a firm but not tight "knot." You want it to be fluffy, not real real tight.
I have to say, I love the border this creates. It's so neat looking and the fabric lays together nicely. So thank you, thank you, Nice Lady Who Works In The Fabric Department At Walmart!
Time involved? The first one took three hours. But factor in a lunch break AND the three loads of laundry I did while I was working on it.
The second one? Two hours flat, start to finish. Because once you make one, you're immediately good at it. You realize that the blanket itself is already adorable. It's soft and warm and cute. So it doesn't have to be perfect. Nothing about it has to be perfect.
What I love about it? First, it's not expensive. At all. Second, any child is going to love a blanket like this and I've heard that fleece is easily maintained. Washes and dries well. And third, I sooo would have let Krissy and Mandy make these when they were kids. There's nothing complicated about it at all and they would have been so proud to make and give these as gifts.
I've given instructions here for what I think is a good size for a toddler. It's all easily adjusted. Make it as big or little as you want. It's truly easy! And fun. And boy, I'm really glad to have that big pile of fleece off my to-do list and off my dining room table! :-)