DIY No-Sew Fleece Throw For The Dorm

Posted by Dani on September 7, 2013

DIY no-sew fleecse throw
These days I am one kid short in the house. The oldest has gone off to university. Left the nest. Making her way in the world. Doing her thing. It’s all great. Feeling happy for her, proud, she’s doing awesome, yada yada yada. BUT I AM ONE KID SHORT.

What’s a mom to do?

Make her a cozy blanket, of course. What else can I do? Pour all my love into a blanket!

You’ve probably seen these no-sew throws. They’re all over the internet. That’s probably because they’re awesome. And easy.

I made a few with the girls years ago as gifts for their grandparents. Both landed at their cottages. This summer, when we visited, everyone fought for the blanket. So I decided I would send her off with one of her own.

I chose 2 fun colours of fleece, bought 2 yards of each, cut and tied for an hour or so, and then I had a cute throw for her dorm room. I tucked it into the bottom of one of her bags to surprise her when she unpacked. The only problem was that I didn’t have enough time to embroider a giant message on it:


Next time.

DIY No-Sew Fleece Throw

1. Buy 2 yards each of 2 different colours of fleece. This makes the perfect size for a teenager or adult. If you want something sized for a younger child, use 1½ yards.
2. Lay the pieces of fleece on top of each other, with the right sides facing out. Pin the 2 pieces of fleece together, so that you can make cuts to both pieces at once. Trim the ends so they are straight, and cut off the selvage.

DIY no-sew blanket instructions

3. Cut a 5” by 5” square out of each corner.

diy no-sew blanket instructions

4. Mark the edges using some chalk so that the fringe is 1” wide.

diy no-sew blanket instructions

5. Cut the fringe 5” long using the ruler as a guide.

diy no-sew throw instructions

diy no-sew blanket instructions

6. Once you’re done, remove the pins and tie your knots. If the fabric bunches a little after the knots are tied, just gently tug at the edges to stretch it out.

diy no-sew blanket instructions

diy no-sew blanket instructions

14 Responses to “DIY No-Sew Fleece Throw For The Dorm”

  1. Very nice and easy to do!! Now that the blanket is finished what are you going to do? Both of mine have flown the nest… I am a little lost to say the least! My daughter calls daily, my son rarely… Time for me, but after 21 years of children, it seems awfully quiet! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Dani says:

      I hear you Karen. Luckily I have 1 more at home, so some time to adjust. No matter how much I knew this was coming, I don’t think anything can really prepare you. My friends with older kids have set good examples – I know it all settles into a good place. But still…

  2. jodi shaw says:

    My mother in law makes these and they are very cool. I still have the one she made for my son with material from the movie Toy Story, soft and warm and awesome these blankets are. 🙂

  3. Pam says:

    I love it. My daughter made one just like this in her sewing class, she still has it on her bed.

  4. My Mom made one of these for my son – they really are SO easy and they look great! They make a wonderful, thoughtful and easy gift.

  5. Pat says:

    Do you have the dimensions for the squares that you tie together to make a patch work quilt? Love the colors in your blanket.

    • Dani says:

      Thanks for your comment! I just used the entire width of the fleece and cut it to a length that I liked. In this case, I wanted the throw to be a little long, so the fabric dimensions were 86″ long by 58″ wide. Good luck!

  6. Elva Roberts says:

    This no-sew fleece throw is a wonderful gift for someone to keep cozy while watching and/or reading on a cold winter’s night. It is so easy to make and I hope to make one for my daughter this Christmas.

    • Dani says:

      I love it because it’s quick and easy, and it washes and wears beautifully. My daughter has been using in almost daily for over a year, and it looks as good as new! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  7. Carol Hoffman says:

    Hi love this blanket. making one for my dad. can you explain how to tie the corners?

    • Dani says:

      For this pattern, I cut a square of fabric out from the corners. All you have to do is knot all the fringe across each side, without any special treatment for the corners. It works out just fine. Makes sense?

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