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Some people create to enjoy the finished product. I get my greatest satisfaction from the process of creating. This blog is my attempt to share that process with others.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

No-Sew LSU Fleece Blanket

The Project:

My parents won an LSU fleece blanket as part of an LSU game-day gift package in a silent auction. I've been using it to keep warm when studying, and it occurred to me the other day that this is something I could actually make.

An LSU Law student was recently involved in a serious accident and remains hospitalized in Baton Rouge. His family is currently camping out in the waiting room on his floor. I know what it's like to be the family in the waiting room from experience with my Aunt Earleen's multiple hospitalizations. Waiting rooms are cold and unwelcoming. Therefore, I've decided to make one of these LSU fleece blankets for the student's family in the hopes that it will help keep them warm and keep up their spirits.

I figured out how to make the blanket simply by looking at the one that I already had. The "directions" I've provided below explain the method I used. (I put the word "directions" in obnoxious little quotation marks because these directions make the process seem MUCH more complicated than it actually is.)

Materials:
  • 1 and 2/3 yards LSU fleece fabric in color #1 (bought at Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 and 2/3 yards LSU fleece fabric in color #2 (bought at Hobby Lobby)
  • Pattern cutting board (one of those cardboard things)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • 2 yards grosgrain ribbon in purple or gold (to tie around the completed blanket)






















The Process:

Directions:
  1. Cut off any fabric that doesn't have the actual design on it. (The LSU fabric I bought had a trademark disclaimer printed along one side of the fabric and another odd edge that was ugly and needed to be removed.)
  2. Place one piece of fabric, wrong-side up and right-side down, on the pattern board. Place the second piece of fabric, wrong-side down and right-side up, on top of the first piece of fabric.
  3. Pick one of the straightest edges, hold the two fabric edges together, and pin both pieces of fabric together at the edge. Leave a couple of inches between the pins and the edge. Repeat on the other 3 sides.
  4. Using the pattern board as a guide, cut along all 4 edges to make the edges of the two pieces of fabric even with one another.
  5. Line up one corner of the blanket with the corner of the pattern board and the edge of the fabric along the bottom line of the pattern board. Pin fabric in place on board.
  6. Measure 7 inches from the corner along each edge of the blanket. Mark with a pin on each side. Measure 6 inches vertically (into the body of the blanket) from the pin on the bottom edge, and cut a straight 6-inch line. (I refer to the "edge" side of this cut as the "beginning" of the cut and the place where the cut ends as the "end" of the cut.)
  7. Measure 6 inches horizontally from the side edge of the blanket (into the body of the blanket), and cut a straight 6-inch line. You should end up with 2 straight cuts at a right angle, with about a 1-inch gap between the ends of the cuts.
  8. Snip the corner of the fabric so that there is no longer a point. The snipped corner should measure about 1 inch. This will be the width of the first piece of fringe.
  9. Cut a diagonal line from one end of the snipped corner to the end of the closest 6-inch cut. Cut a second diagonal line from the other end of the snipped corner to the end of the closest 6-inch cut. You'll end up with 2 little triangles cut out of the corner and one really long, diagonal piece of fringe. Cut that long piece of fringe to a 6-inch length.
  10. Along the bottom edge of the blanket, cut parallel 6-inch long pieces of fringe that are about 1 inch in width. Stop cutting fringe when 7 inches away from the next corner.
  11. Tie a knot in each piece of fringe, close to the body of the blanket.
  12. Repeat "corner" process and "fringe-making" process until all 4 edges of the blanket are fringed.
  13. Fold blanket. Tie ribbon around blanket and end in a pretty bow.
  14. Use leftover fabric and pins to create a voodoo doll of Margaret (so you can torture me for writing overly-detailed, 13-step directions to explain such an easy craft).



Illustrations:

How the knots in the fringe look:



















Making the corner at the end of a fringe row. This is how the corner looks once one of the little triangles has been cut out:



















The Finished Project:

(Picture coming soon. This close to finals, craft photography isn't high on my list of priorities.)

(Also, when I do finally post the picture of the blanket, it will be sans ribbon. I tried decorating the ribbon with some fabric puff paint. It looked great at first, but then I got too enthusiastic with the puff paint. The ribbon ended up looking tacky, and I don't have time to go get a new ribbon before bringing the blanket to the hospital on Thursday (11/18). Oh well.)