Easy no-sew fleece tie blanket (4 steps with video!)

When the temperature starts to drop, a cozy blanket is the first thing I reach for. With the changing of the seasons, I thought that making a light stitched fleece blanket would be just the right start to the chilly season.

And this no-tie fleece blanket is easy and fun to create. It would also make a great gift and you can use fun holiday fabrics!

It only takes four steps to go from a pile of fabric to a finished rug, and I’ll show you how! For this cozy post, we’re partnering with Fiskars – our favorite brand for fabric and sewing projects.

They provide quality products and great crafting tools that you can use in your crafting supplies for years to come. We also love that they are convenient to grab as their supplies are available at Walmart!

fleece no sew blanket draped over a chair

What is a non-binding fleece blanket?

A no-sew fleece blanket is an easy way to create a quick blanket by laying two layers of fleece fabric together and cutting strips around the sides of the fabric. By tying these strips together in a balloon knot (just like you would tie a balloon) you have a finished rug border without any sewing!

How many yards of fabric do I need for a no-sew fleece blanket?

While the size of your blanket is up to you, you’ll want at least 1.5 to 2 yards of fleece to make a blanket. You can use the smaller amount for a child’s blanket, but you’ll probably want the full 2 ​​yards if you’re making one that’s meant to be shared or for an adult.

    two layers of fleece lined up for a blanket without sewing

Supplies:
fabric scissors
-1.5 or 2 yards fleece fabric in two colors/patterns (get the same amount for each color)
rotary cutter, fabric rulerand cutting mat (optional, but useful and that too comes in a set!)
-paper or thin cardboard for cutting template (optional)

Here’s a quick video tutorial for making your own no-sew fleece blanket, or keep scrolling to see the text and picture tutorial:

1. Trim your fabric:

Place your two fleece fabrics on the floor and put them together as tightly as possible. Use a rotary cutter, fabric ruler and mat (or just use fabric scissors) to cut off any curled ends or edges of the fabric that don’t line up exactly.

Just eyeball it to get the overall rectangular shape as even as you can, but once you’ve got it all done you won’t be able to tell if an area has been cut a little bit narrower or wider.

Note: If you are using blizzard fleece, the right side of the fabric is more nubby and the wrong side is smoother, so lay the nubby sides out when you align your fabrics together.

Is there a type of fleece that is best for a bonded blanket with no seams?

Polar fleece is a popular choice for a binding blanket without seams. It comes in anti-pill and non-pill, so if getting the little pill balls on the fabric after a few washes is a concern, choose an anti-pill option.

There are different weights of polar fleece, but since this blanket is a double layer one, thin or medium weight will be warm enough. Try to choose the same type of fleece for both sides of your fabric so that it wears evenly.

Blizzard fleece is also a good option for a no-sew blanket. The quality isn’t quite as good, but it’s generally cheaper, so a good option when budget is a consideration.

Don’t choose an overly thick fleece for a binding blanket (those that look more like a thick sherpa material) as they won’t lay as flat and will be more difficult to bind.

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2. Cut squares out of your corners:

On each corner of your rug, cut out a 5″ x 5″ square of fabric with a rotary cutter or fabric scissors. The strips you will cut next will be 5″ long, so taking this corner out will remove excess material from the corners so things will look nice and neat when you are done.

strips are cut into a fleece blanket without sewing

3. Cut your 1″ strips to bind together:

Now cut 1″ wide by 5″ long strips along all sides of your double layer fabric. You can either use a rotary knife and fabric ruler or use fabric scissors to make the cuts.

Some people may prefer to just eyeball the cuts after measuring the first few, or we suggest making a cutting template like the one you see above!

Tip: Use a piece of paper (or thin cardboard like from a cereal box) and cut 1″ strips that are 5″ long in length from it. Place the template on your fabric and cut along the existing cuts to create even strips, moving the template down as you go. Easy and your cuts will all be straight!

4. Tie your strips:

Now it’s time to finish your rug! Tie each strip as you would when tying a balloon closed (it’s called a balloon knot!), working your way down each side until you’ve finished each tie. Once all your knots are tied, your blanket is ready to use or give as a gift!

Do some pages seem harder to bind? You may notice that some pages are a little easier to bind than others. This is because the fleece has a woven direction that makes it a little more stretchy when you pull it one way vs. another.

5″ long ties should still be long enough to tie, even on the tighter side, but you’ll notice that it’s easier to tie on the sides that give you that extra stretch, and those sides will go a little faster.

fleece no sew blanket draped over a chair
fleece no sew blanket draped over a chair

How easy is it? I know fleece blankets can have a lot of personal feelings for people as you can make them for friends or family and they last for years.

This is a great gift option if you want to be a little fancy but want to give something useful (and you can personalize each one with color and pattern choices!).

Using good tools like Fiskars scissors and one rotary cutter also made this process much easier (having sharp, high quality knives is such a help when you’re making a lot of cuts).

I am so happy with how my rug turned out! Here’s to a pleasant upcoming season for all of us! xo. Laura

FAQ

How do I wash a fleece blanket without seams?

Wash your fleece blanket in cold water on the gentle cycle and go easy on the detergent to keep it looking its best. The gentle cycle is easier on the fibers of the fleece and less soap prevents the detergent from sticking to your fabric and making it feel soft.

Should I pre-wash the fleece before making a no-sew fleece blanket?

None! Fleece does not shrink when washed, so there is no need to pre-wash it before making your blanket. The usual purpose of it is to allow the fabric to shrink before making your item so it doesn’t mess up the dimensions later.


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Easy way to make a fleece blanket without sewing

Cost $15-$20

Yield 1 blanket

Cook 2 hours

Total 2 hours

Instructions

1. Trim your fabric

  • Place your two fleece fabrics on the floor and put them together as tightly as possible. Use a rotary cutter, fabric ruler and mat (or just use fabric scissors) to cut off any curled ends or edges of the fabric that don’t line up exactly. Just eyeball it to get the overall rectangular shape as even as you can, but when you have it all done you won’t be able to tell if an area is cut a little bit narrower or wider.

2. Cut squares out of your corners:

  • On each corner of your rug, cut out a 5″ x 5″ square of fabric with a rotary cutter or fabric scissors. The strips you will cut next will be 5″ long, so taking this corner out will remove excess material from the corners so things will look nice and neat when you are done.

3. Cut your 1″ strips to bind together:

  • Now cut 1″ wide by 5″ long strips along all sides of your double layer fabric. You can either use a rotary cutter and fabric ruler or use fabric scissors to make the cuts. Some people may prefer to just eyeball the cuts after measuring the first few, or we suggest you…

  • Tip: Make a cutting template like you see above! Use a piece of paper (or thin cardboard like from a cereal box) and cut 1″ strips that are 5″ long in length from it. Place the template on your fabric and cut along the existing cuts to create even strips, moving the template down as you go. Easy and your cuts will all be straight!

4. Tie your strips

  • Now it’s time to finish your rug! Tie each strip as you would when tying a balloon closed (it’s called a balloon knot!), working your way down each side until you’ve finished each tie. Once all your knots are tied, your blanket is ready to use or give as a gift!

Notes

Note: If you are using blizzard fleece, the right side of the fabric is more nubby and the wrong side is smoother, so place the nubby sides out when you align your fabrics together.
Do some pages seem harder to bind? You may notice that some sides are a little easier to tie than others, and that’s because the fleece has a woven direction that makes it a little more stretchy when you pull it one way vs. another. 5″ long ties should still be long enough to tie, even on the tighter side, but you’ll notice that it’s easier to tie on the sides that give you that extra stretch, and those sides will go a little faster.

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