Service Project: Make a no sew fleece blanket
Prep time: 30 minutes to buy the fabric
Cost: $10 per blanket
Duration: 1.5 hours
Lesson(s) learned: Hard work and practice for my 4 year old
How we did it:
These fun fleece blankets would be nice for anyone to enjoy so they make a perfect project for you and your kids. They can be used for:
- Service in the family - make it for someone you're related to
- Service for your friends - give it to a friend for a special occasion or just for fun
- Service in the community - donate these to a women's shelter or a homeless shelter
We decided to make two blankets for some friends who are both having new babies. One friend is having a boy and the other is having a girl. Though these blankets are super simple, they were a little difficult for my four year old. It was a good opportunity for us to have some conversations about hard work and practice.
"Mom, you tie these so fast and I do them so slow," she complained.
"Well, Rubes, I've had a lot of practice, so that's why I'm faster at it."
That satisfied her for a few minutes but then she said, "Mom I've practiced a lot now and I'm still not fast."
We then talked about how practice takes time and that she is getting better. She went from not knowing how to tie a knot to being able to do it and was really good at working hard.
So here are the steps:
1. Get two pieces of fleece the same size that look good together and lay them on top of each other. Our pieces of fleece were 1 yard by 2 yards which is a good size for a lap blanket. I let Ruby choose the fabric. We had been talking about the letter "B" so she chose boat fabric for the friend having a boy and bird fabric for the friend having a girl. We also got a black piece to go on the back of the boat blanket and a pink piece to go on the back of the bird.
2. Cut the sides so that the edges are frayed. Each cut should be about 4 inches long (the longer they are, the easier it is to tie, but the smaller your blanket becomes) and should be about 1 inch apart. Be sure that you are cutting both pieces of material together so that you end up with the same amount of cuts on each piece of fabric. The corners of the blanket end up getting chopped off. I did this without Ruby because I figured it would be really hard for her to cut relatively straight lines. Older kids could participate in this without a problem.
Here's a close up. You can see that there are two pieces of fabric. The top one is the hot pink/bird fabric and then there is a light pink piece underneath:
3. Tie the fray from the top piece of fleece to the one on the bottom. I went through first (without Ruby) and tied all the corners and made a tie about every twelve cuts so that it would hold in place when she started helping.
4. Then I taught Ruby how to tie the knots and she helped me finish up the rest. If I had more time, I would have taken things a lot slower. I think spending about ten minutes on this per day would have been easier on my 4 year old than trying to get it all done in one day. I think she also would have ended up doing more of it than she did since I was trying to get them done. I think for an eight or older kid, this would be an easy project to do in one sitting, but a four year old might need more breaks.
What do you think? Do they look cozy?