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Topic: Another no-sew rag quilt thingy (lots of pics!)*Now with directions*  (Read 41829 times)
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fleece_fanatic
« on: May 05, 2008 09:22:13 AM »

This is a blanket that I made for my mom for christmas. I finally got a chance to take pics of it. It's another on of my cool blankets that I created. There was no sewing involved anywhere in this blanket. I tied lots of tiny little strips together lol. This is actually one of my favorite blankets that I've done like this.











Tell me what you think!


Brief instructions with some pics!

First you need to know that all of this is very adjustable and any mistakes you make will go completely unnoticed with the finished project. It's very forgiving...

supplies for a 60x70 blanket (size of above blanket)



I like to use a rotary cutter, but scissors work just fine.
I use chalk to draw on the fleece so I can get straighter lines, it rubs off pretty easily and won't stain.

Fabric:
For the above blanket I used 6 different colored fleeces. You'll need 2 feet of each.
If you want a back to put on it, 2 yards should be enough.

Directions:
First you need to cut out squares that measure 12"x12"



You should be able to get atleast 8 squares. Which is good because it leaves you with a back up of each color.
I like to cut all my squares out and get that step out of the way...



Next, on each square you need to cut out the corners. I like to do 1"x1" but it all will relate to how long you make your strips. (i.e. I make my strips only 1" long. If you made them 1 1/2" then your corners that you cut out would be 1 1/2"x1 1/2")



When you have all your corners finished you can cut your strips. I make them 1/2" wide to make the knots look cool. If you use that measurement you should have 20 strips on every side. This is where many "adjustments" are made because I'm not very precise in my measuring lol so not all of my strips are perfect, but I have 20! The uncut portion should measure approximately 10"x10".
*Note: If you think that you will have difficulty tying 1" strips then make them 1 1/2", just remember that you will only have 18 strips on every side and you would have a 9"x9" uncut portion.
*Tip: I draw a line across with chalk 1" deep so I don't have to keep measuring that part. You can notice my yellow chalk line in the pic...



Now comes the fun part! lol after you figure out how you want to lay out your fabrics you can start to tie them together. I usually have the 6 squares (one of each color) going across, then I make them go diagonally down giving me 7 rows. All you need to do is line up the strips and double knot them.





When it comes to adding the back I just lay the top portion on top of the 2yards of fleece and cut off the excess and then cut strips so they line up with the top. It's kind of the messier part of the project...

Another example of one that I made is http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238936.0
It's a baby blanket with the uncut portion of the squares measuring 5"x5" giving me a whopping total of 35"x45"

Any questions ask!
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 09:34:55 AM »

What a great idea, I love it! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 11:37:27 AM »

It's great! I can't believe how much work you must have put into it. How did you tie all those little knots so evenly?
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 03:16:04 PM »

Wow, that must have been a LOT of work! Looks fantastic though.  I love the black/red/white combo.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 06:39:57 PM »

 Shocked Shocked
WOW that is really beautiful !!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 06:47:27 PM »

 Embarrassed
Sorry I didn't mean to double post.
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fleece_fanatic
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008 09:14:36 PM »

The tying isn't too difficult. It's cutting the 1 inch by 1/2 inch strips that take forever lol. I just sit there and tie while watching tv. It's great when I can craft and watch scrubs at the same time!
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 10:04:04 PM »

Do you ever have a problem with them coming untied either from everyday use or being washed?
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2008 11:19:20 AM »

I think you put more hours into tying those than if you would have sewed it together. It is fantastic. Love the colors.
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fleece_fanatic
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2008 03:22:26 PM »

From the several that I've made, there's never been a problem with the knots coming untied. And the main reason I started doing these is because I can't afford a sewing machine on my extremely tight college budget and I'm not good with hand sewing. Besides lol I like creating something unique Smiley The tying itself doesn't take too long, the cutting is what takes the most time.
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