Before the new year, my neighbor and I decided to start a Kind Kids Club for our kiddos in 2017. Each month we would do something “kind” with our kids. January rolled around and I read the book Wonder in the first few weeks. It was such an emotional and touching story of kindness and empathy following the life of August, a 10 year old boy with a facial deformity, going to public school the first time.
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” – Wonder
And, so even though we hadn’t officially started our Kind Kids Club yet, I was ready to hit the ground running.
To be kinder than necessary.
To help teach and encourage kindness in my kids, in an organic way. So, I came up with this easy no-sew blanket to make with my daughter. Something that we could make with our own hands to show that we care. A made-with-love craft that even beginners can make!
Since it’s the middle of winter, my daughter and I decided that we would donate our no-sew blanket to a local shelter to be used by a kid there. It’s double layered for extra warmth and hopefully the cheerful colors will brighten their day.
Step 1: Choose 2 coordinate pieces of fleece. We choose this gorgeous watercolor fleece fabric and a matching minty green to be the back. I suggest using 1.5 yards to create a child size blanket. 1 yard makes a good size blanket too, but would only work for a smaller child or baby. Of course you could always go bigger and make a 2 yard blanket.
Step 2: Layer the two pieces of fabric together and trim your edges to even them up, remove any fabric info and to make sure they line up correctly.
Step 3: Cut out a 4 x 4 inch square from each corner of your blanket.
Step 4: Cut strips – 4 inches long and 1 inch apart, along all four sides of your blanket. Kind of like a fringe.
Step 5: Fold your “fringe” back at the base and snip a small cut in the middle of each fringe piece. Maybe 1/2 inch, just big enough to loop your fabric through in the following step.
Step 6: Fold back both layers of the fringe and loop through the snip.
Step 7: Pull your fringe loop tight. My daughter calls this little fortune cookies. They help your blanket lay flatter and then you don’t have knots around the edges.
Kids are great helpers for this part. My daughter and I sat across the table from each other and just talked while we worked on this blanket.
And there you have it, our first Kind Kids Club project, a no-sew blanket!
Be sure to check back each month to see what activity we do with our kids as part of our Kind Kids Club for 2017!
Join the conversation – Tell us what kind things you’ve done lately!