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Yesterday was all about giving back to your community, but I wanted to offer a way to do that with the whole family! There is nothing more meaningful than a gift that is handmade. I think is also important to teach children the importance of giving over receiving.
So why not make a handmade tie blanket for other children who are less fortunate!
My mom would often get us involved in making these blankets for people in need to help keep them warm at night. My sisters and I would each take a side or have our own blanket to tie. As we got older, we were able to do more and more to the point we would be in charge of measuring, cutting the ties, and putting it all together by ourselves.
Super easy to make!! And such a fun activity for your kids to get involved in every year!
What you will need:
1 to 1 1/4 yard (baby/toddler blanket size) of fleece fabric with pattern and 1 to 1 1/4 yard of fleece fabric with solid color to match (*2 yards of fabric would make a normal sized blanket if you are going for bigger) Check out these inexpensive fabrics for the Best Tie Blankets delivered right to your door!
When you have got all of your materials, it’s time to set up your station!
How to make one:
First you will want to lay the pattern piece of fabric front-face down (less soft side facing up) on your work station. Then lay the solid color with softest side facing up over the pattern piece. *Be sure to line them up as best you can.
Once you have them lined up, take your ruler and a marker to mark the edges you will cut off. You will want to cut 3 x 3 inch square off the corners to avoid bunching of the blanket.
Next take your ruler to mark 1-inch wide strips starting at the edge of the corner you cut. *Repeat this for the rest of the blanket.
Take your scissors and cut from edge of blanket straight up to the mark you had made. Make sure to cut as even as you can to keep the fabric lined up.
Continue to make this 1 inch wide cuts all around the blanket. When you finish cutting, start tying the fringes. *make sure each time you are only tying one pattern and one solid color fringe. Have to be lined up together to work.
Once the tying is done, if you notice it bunching up try pulling at the corners to get it out.
This is such a great tradition to add to your families traditions. Teaching our children how to give back and create something of their own will be a memory they will always cherish. I know I have!