I like for my kids to give each other gifts they can make themselves. Since I’m their employer and I don’t pay well (it’s all about Benefits around here), I provide the supplies and they provide the labor.
But don’t turn me in, k?
Their baby sister is turning 3 in a few days. And since I found a Dora the Explorer (try to read that without singing the theme song, I dare you) large fleece scrap at WalMart, we decided a lap blanket would be a perfect gift.
Especially since my baby could also be known as Linus and because we lost (for good this time) her blankie somewhere between here and Louisiana.
This is such a fun, easy gift and it brought my big kids so much satisfaction to make a blanket for their sister’s birthday.
Double your fleece and lay it out (you can buy two different patterns, one for each side, but we just doubled and cut). Cut the fold, so you have 2 pieces the same size:
Cut even fringe strips around all four sides of both pieces of fleece. I cut about a two inch strip, about an inch in width. (I did a few to get my daughter started on cutting the rest). The great thing is it really doesn’t have to be perfect).
Next, tie the pieces together into a knot from the top/bottom fringe strips.
With the leftover fleece, they made a small pillow too. (Same instructions, only leave a few ties open to stuff with fill and then tie closed).
My kids are already asking when they can make another one!
Have you tried making fleece blankets?