I love fleece blankets. I learned years ago that sleeping between two layers of fleece in the winter can keep you much warmer than using regular bed sheets. The blankets are a wonderful throw to keep in your favorite chair. At night, after the kids have gone to bed, I like to curl up under the fleece blanket and read.
A couple of years ago, I noticed the blankets made by tying two layers of fleece together, using the fringe edging. The blankets were cute to look at, but I could never get past how uncomfortable all those knots could be if you happened to lay on them.
I recently came upon an idea on Pinterest for a braided edging. Pieces By Polly has a picture tutorial for this simple, yet beautiful edging technique. The blankets are fringed, just as you would for a tied edging. Instead of tying the fringes, she has a very easy method to create a braided look using a crochet hook or opened paper clip as a tool.
In looking at the technique, the cutting and preparing of the fringe easily takes the longest about of time. The “braid” would be fast to complete. In the entire blanket, there is only one small knot.
If you check the link for the website above, you will find a braided edging for a 2-layer fleece blanket. In the top of the post, she references through a link the instructions for a single layer fleece blanket with the same edging.
These would make wonderful holiday gifts as well as a quick and easy charity blanket project. I received an advertisement in the mail for Hancock Fabric store that makes this project very timely. On black Friday, Hancock Fabrics will be having a great sale on all their fleece. Perfect opportunity to make some gifts.
While making these blankets, consider making a few extra in crib size to donate to a shelter or a children’s hospital. Quite often, a new mom may be in need of a warm blanket for taking their little one home. The crib size works well to be used as a lap blanket for those in a nursing home. Another way that I love using fleece blankets is to keep a couple in the car. Should there be an emergency, you will have a way to bundle up and stay warm.