A Soft and Snuggly Fleece Blanket is a Necessity of Canadian Winters
During the winter months I have afghans all over the house; in the family room, the living room, the craft room, and every bedroom. This fleece blanket is for the girl’s guest room but I am sure it will find its way to the living room when they are here.
I wanted this throw to be extra warm, soft and cozy so I gave it double layers. The polar fleece matches the tartan fabric I purchased for my Christmas linens and pillow. It was pretty expensive, so I used a less expensive plain red polar fleece for the lining.
Fleece Blanket Tutorial
Decide what size you would like your fleece blanket to be. Mine is 50″ by 60″.
Cut your material 1″ larger on both sides to allow for seam allowances. (51″ by 61″)
Lay the tartan polar fleece good side UP on your working surface.
Cover it with the coordinating fleece good side DOWN.
Hint: Polar fleece is a stretchy material. I spent half an hour making sure the fleece was totally flat, not stretched in any way, and pinned it throughout in order to reduce the stretch. By being very careful at this stage I was able to avoid the puckering seams or twists that you sometimes see in polar fleece afghans. In the following picture, I outlined some of the pins with black circles so you can see how thoroughly I pinned it.
Sew the fleece blanket together, do the long seams first and check them to make sure the throw is perfectly sewn without stretches, then continue with the short seams. Leave a 12″ gap on the last seam.
Using the gap turn the throw right side out, make sure to push out all the corners. Pin the gap together and sew to close.
Crochet Edge and Pom Poms
Using wool, blanket stitch along the two short sides of the afghan.
Do 1 dc in each blanket stitch all the way across, ch 1 turn.
Do 1 sc in each dc across, tie off.
I am hoping Santa will provide me a lighting system, but until he does this girl makes do with what she has (Herman’s mechanical flood lights) The video here is a bit dark, but it illustrates how I made my pom poms.
Spread your finger to make the pom pom as large and fluffy as possible.
Hold the end of the wool between your thumb and palm. Wrap the wool around your hand about 200 times.
Carefully pull the loop of wool off your hand. Clasp it in the middle and hold in place. With your other hand grab a piece of wool about 18 inches long and tie it tightly around the middle of the wool loop securing it in place.
Cut the loops and fluff your pom pom.
Give it a little haircut to tidy up any obviously over long pom pom threads.
I used up the extra fleece and made some matching pillowcases and cradle bed cover to match. The rest of tidbits of leftovers I used to make these Tartan Hand Warmers.
A Matching Doll Quilt
As this is for the girl’s guest room I followed the same process and using the leftovers made them this little matching blanket for their doll cradle.
Stay Warm and Snuggly