Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Try It Tuesday: No Sew Fleece Blankets

Back in October of last year, I was shopping at Joann Etc. (formerly Joann Fabrics) and saw some really cute No-Sew Fleece Blanket Sets on sale for 1/2 off. There was a large one that I knew my dad would love and a smaller one I knew my niece would like. I bought them both and made them. The "making" of one of these blankets was laying the two pieces of fleece on top of each other, cutting out 7" squares from the corners, cutting the remaining fleece in 1" strips (7" long) and then tying the two layers together. The most difficult part was the cutting, but if I had a rotary cutter or better scissors, it probably would have been much easier. The blanket itself is very forgiving of mistakes and makes a lovely gift in the end. I also used the fabric that was left over from the corners to make bean bags for the littler ones and doll pillows for my girls. I gave my niece hers for her November birthday and every one loved it. I decided then that if I found the sets or even just fleece on sale for a good price, I would make these for all my nephews. On Black Friday, Joann's again had the sets AND fleece on sale. I compared the prices and the sets worked out to be a little bit more than just buying the fleece, BUT I would not have to wait in line to get the fleece cut and the two fabrics were already matched for me, so I went with the sets. I ended up buying another 2 blankets for Christmas and those who got them loved them. Now, all the adults AND the other kids all want their own. I was glad to see Joann's is still regularly running the sale on the sets ($9.99 for the 48" throw and $14.99 for the 72" throw), including this week. I am picking up a set tomorrow for my nephew's birthday and another for another nephew's birthday in March. Hopefully, they will continue this sale through out the year so I can get them made for everyone who wants one. I love being able to give a useful gift that will last for years.

I am sure other places offer items like this, I just have found that Joann's had the best price. I have been buying mine in the store, but see they have an even wider selection online, so I may consider buying a few sets online (if I can find a free shipping code). Anyway, I loved this product due to it's simplicity and the fact that others really enjoyed the gift. The blankets are warm (and we need that here in western NY, especially in the winter) and look really nice in the end. The designs are so varied that you are bound to find one that suits each person you know.

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