Blankets made with love

I started a tradition of sewing easy fringed fleece blankets for gifts back in 2004 when most of my family moved to New Mexico. Over the years, I have made a few more and my daughter has joined in. She has even worked on a few blankets on her own to donate to some charity organizations. As we have been prepping to send her to Iowa for 18 months, we knew that we needed to make a special blanket for her to take with her.

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She picked out the fabrics and fell in love with the color scheme and pattern. She also tested several out for softness. This combo was a winner!

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I've always used the directions for this no-sew blanket with the exception that I do like to sew a border stitch around my blankets first (about 4 inches in). I think they stay together better and seem nicer with the stitching, but it certainly is optional.  I sew a line of stitching all the way around the blanket 4 inches in from the edge. Then I proceed with the usual cutting and tying. It's an extra step, but I've been happier with the blankets that I've done this way. There are plenty of people who just don't sew them though and there is nothing wrong with that. Just a matter of personal preference.

Here are some photos of a few of the blankets we have made in the past:

Unfortunately, I didn't photograph the blankets I made for my family back in 2004. I know they still use them so it's nice to know they hold up so well. We use our blankets almost every day during cooler weather and we often sleep with them as well. There’s nothing as comfy as a warm fleece blanket to cuddle up in!