“Pop it, lock it, polka-dot it…”

My friends and I have a  little “Girls-Night-In” club, aka “The Decadence Club”, where we get together and try out new little coffee shops, while filling our spare time with craftiness and girly fun.

This may sound more like a “Little Grannies Club” , but honestly it’s really fun and quite therapeutic to just get together with some mates and hang out. I’ve been too busy to join in on the past few gatherings due to work-work-work. And although that suck-suck-sucks, my best bud, Viviana, decided to catch me up on the latest Decadent craft, since I was so looking forward to it. Courtesy of our friend Gina, we made “No-sew blankets” for the winter. Really cute AND functional! Here’s a little “How-to” for anyone who cares to try. 🙂

What you need:

– 2 metres of a patterned polar fleece fabric

– 2 metres of a complimentary solid colour polar fleece fabric

– Pins

– Sharp fabric scissors

– Time and love (Cheese, anyone?)

Method:

1. Choose two complimentary fabrics for your blanket. The one will serve for the inner colour and the other, the outer. Go as crazy as you’d like. I chose a multi-coloured polka-dot fabric and a lime green one for my sister’s blanket.

2. Cut any rough edges off of your patterned fabric. Normally only two parallel sides need trimming.

3. Lay the patterned fabric, fluffier side down, out on the floor. Then lay your solid fabric, fluffier side up, on top of it. (You’ll notice the fabric stretches lengthways, but not from side to side. Make sure both squares of fabric are the same way). Trim the solid fabric edges in order for it to fit directly over the patterned fabric. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. The fringing will hide the imperfections.

4. Pin all around the perimeter of the double fabric square, about a fingers-length in.

5. Cut a square out of each corner. (Cutting through both fabrics) – Ignore the fact that I have an extra piece of green fabric underneath, in my picture. The edge of my blanket was folded over.


6. Then cut a strip into the fabric on either side of the cut-out corner. (About 8cm deep into the blanket on the non-stretchy sides and about 4cm deep on the stretchy sides. Width should be about 1.5cm.)

7. Tie the two corner strips in double knots to secure the corner (Vary the type of knot you tie, in order to play with the style of your blanket’s fringe.)

8. Cut strips all the way along the side. (Make sure you keep to the measurements or you’ll end up with different length fringes.)

9. Tie all the strips into knots. Proceed to do the same thing all the way around the blanket.

10. Finally – Find a tired teenager to try it out. – AKA my sister. (Remember to remove the pins first!) – Obviously depending on whether you actually like the recipient or not.


I really love how these blankies turn out. Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas?!?!?! So let me know your colour preferences!

No, seriously.

Zozette

xoxo

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About Zozette

Certified animator. Flying squirrel translator. Big time procrastinator. http://bisouszozette.wordpress.com/

2 responses to ““Pop it, lock it, polka-dot it…”

  1. Danielle Balsaras

    Black & white please, thanks. 🙂

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