How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

Our women’s group at church just participated in a little service project for the local children’s home.  When the kids leave the children’s home, they get a drawstring bag with a blanket, a stuffed animal, a book, and a hygiene kit.  We got together about a week ago to sew the bags and some blankets.  One of the women from church makes and sells fleece blankets, so she donated a huge bag of scraps for us to use.  My challenge:  figure out how to make fleece blankets from just the scraps.  So if you’ve got a bunch of fleece scraps laying around, here’s something that you can do with it!

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

Cut the fleece into 16 10 x 10 inch squares.  You can make them any size you want, you’ll just end up with a different size blanket or need to cut more or less squares.  This makes a blanket that would be a good size for a baby or toddler.  Just cut more if you want it to be bigger.  Lay the squares out in an arrangement that looks nice.  I’m a little OCD, so I always try to make a pattern.  I’ve already done some of the pinning here, but you get the idea.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

We didn’t have any pieces that were big enough for a backing, and I didn’t want to have to piece together a front AND back of each blanket.  I could have sewn the pieces together like to you would a quilt, but then you would have a pretty front and an ugly back.  Instead, I decided to overlap the pieces about 1/2-inch and zig-zag stitch down the middle.  Keep reading to see what I mean.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

Start by pinning and sewing each of the rows together first.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

I did the overlapping in a pattern so that one square was on the bottom, and the next square was on top.  Take a look at the photos to see what I mean.  I didn’t really even measure.  Just try to be consistent and overlap about 1/2-inch each time.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

I find it very helpful to use a walking presser foot if you have one.  It helps the thick, stretchy fabric get through the machine more evenly.  After all of the rows are done, you can pin and sew the rows to each other.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

Make sure that the seams from all of the squares line up with each other.  The nice thing about the fleece being stretchy is that you can make the seams line up by giving the fabric a little tug before pinning.  Again, just a zig-zag stitch here, and I used the same pattern of overlapping that I did with the squares.

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

When all of the rows are sewn together, you’ve got your blanket.  The edges seemed to be lacking something, so I went around the outside with this curvy, decorative stitch.  You could also put some kind of binding on it.  Fleece doesn’t fray, so you could just leave it as-is if you want.

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How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

I was a little worried how my “method” would work out, but I think the blankets we made turned out really cute.  What do you think?

How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

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12 Responses to How to Make Fleece Blankets from Scraps

  1. Jessica, Love the blanket! Was wondering how you got the corners of each block right? Your rows are sewn and it’s time to join the rows. These are the corners I am confused about. Thanks very much for the help!

    • Not sure I really understand what you mean. I know it’s difficult on the internet. After the rows are joined, I just made sure that all of the seams from each row lined up. If they were a little “off” I just kinda stretched the fabric a little. Usually it wasn’t off by much. If there is a little bit hanging over on the ends, you can just trim off the extra fabric. Just as long as it’s not too much, it still looks ok. Hope that helps.

  2. Thank you for sharing, just what I was looking for. I have fleece left over from making pajamas and want to make a blanket for a child. I was going to “fagot” the pieces together but thought it may come apart too easily when I did a little test. This method should stand a child test. The edging is a great idea.

  3. I really like your method. It seems simply and easy enough for a beginning sewer like me to try. I have saved all of my kids (worn-out footed) fleece pjs from when they were little. We are thinking about using them to make a keepsake blanket. It should be a great project for us to do together! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thinking of trying a Barbie Doll sleeping bag with some scraps. Any idea or comments. I do like your blanket! Thanks for all your great ideas!???

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