DIY Warm Fleece Blankets

In my recent search for throws, I remembered that my favorite blanket of all time is one that didn't require a ton of money or a lot of time to make: my giant fleece blanket. It's like a Snuggie, but a smidge classier. Here are four ways to make your own, and one to buy.

When I was in middle school, my mother went to a fleece warehouse and purchased yards of fleece in four colors for my four family members, cut them into good-sized, even squares. They kept us warm when we went boating and camping. The fleece followed me to college, and is still my warmest blanket.

1) Basic Fleece Blanket
• Trim off the salvage edges with a rotary cutter, mat and ruler for even lines.
• Cut about two yards of a bolt to make sure your blanket is an even square &mdash no wiggly edges.

2) Fleece Blanket with Crocheted Edges
Here's a video on how to crochet the edges of your blanket, if you want it to look a little bit more put together.

3) Fleece Blanket with Tassel Edges
This one on About.com looks classy and comfy. The tassel edges are a nice touch.

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4) Argyle Fleece Throw
For the more ambitious, we found instructions for making an argyle fleece throw on CraftStylish, taken from the book Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space With More Than 35 Projects by Theresa Gonzalez and Nicole Smith

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5) American Apparel
If you want a fleece blanket, but don't want to do any work at all, American Apparel sells one for $28.

Does anyone know of anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic to find fleece remnants or bulk fleece at a warehouse? Otherwise, we recommend searching the Web or local fabric stores for fleece.

(Imagse: About.com and CraftStylish)

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