Measuring for Polar Fleece Blankets

When buying fabric to make fleece blankets, get one with a plaid background, to save time in measuring for making the fringe around the edges. Use the width of your thumb for the width of each fringe, and the length of the scissors to the length of the fringe.


This way you don't have to measure using a ruler and marker, just follow the lines of the fabric. A great time saver.

By cutting down the time of making the fringe, you can make twice as many blankets for gifts to family and friends or to donate to children through Project Linus (

Editor's Note: They have a great link for patterns.


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By Lee-Ann (Guest Post)
June 7, 20050 found this helpful

For measuring, I also found it easy to cut a template of 1x4ins and went around with that. I used a 4x4 square for the corners.

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March 7, 20100 found this helpful

When using a plaid or a stripe, you would have to be sure it is perfectly straight. Most of the polar fleece that I buy, doesn't have perfectly straight lines (the selvage isn't even always straight.) I don't buy inexpensive fleece, it runs $5.00-$8.00 a yard. To cut the square out of the corners I just use a ruler and a pen and mark it off, then cut it out making sure the pen lines get cut off.


Then I just use the ruler and as I cut a fringe, measure up 4" using a finger for the width of the fringe. Of course I don't make more than one at a time. The only time I make them is when one of my nieces or nephews has a baby, fortunately that isn't real often.

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January 16, 20120 found this helpful

Even that is hard! Just apply masking tape around edge with one edge of the tape where you want the length of the fringes to be. Mark width of fringes with pen or marker, then after it's all cut just peel of the tape and tie the fringes! For marking fringes I'd borrow hubby's tape measure they're plenty long and would make quick work of this task.

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