Making fleece blankets the no-sew way is a great activity for all
ages and abilities, and they are excellent gifts you can make, for all
sorts of occasions – not just winter holiday gift giving, but also
birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. Even St.
Patrick’s Day for those who are Irish! Perfect for your senior activities.
These no-sew fleece blankets are perfect to use for any season, including spring and summer when the weather has cool spells. Also consider them for charitable giving – children’s hospitals, the homeless or needy, for Christmas charity drives, for soldiers overseas, anyone who is ill. Or in need of a little TLC.
Seniors do need a little finger dexterity to tie the knots, so if you're using this as one of your
some may need a little extra help. This is fun to do in groups, but
also suitable as an individual activity too.
Size -- The size for making fleece blankets depends on who you’re giving it to. Roughly, a child will need a blanket about 1 ¾ yards (although babies’ can be smaller); a teen about 2 yards; an adult, 2 to 2 ½ yards. The fleece will come in different widths, from 40 to 60 inches. You will be tying together the fringes of two pieces of fleece. The fringe will be cut around the edges, about 3 to 4 inches in.
Colors -- Choose a couple colors that go together. An easy way is using cool colors of blues, purples, lavenders, greens, grays, taupe, etc.; or the warm colors of yellows, oranges, pinks, peach, reds, magentas, etc. You can also take a look at the favorite color combos in your own clothes and home décor to see what you like. Using a plain color with a coordinating print is very popular, as well as a bold color with a soft one.
Where to purchase -- Fleece can be found in almost every
fabric store. Or purchase it online and have it sent to you (i.e., from
Amazon, which usually ships for free).
* 2 pieces of fleece, the same size
* Tape measure or ruler to measure fringe
* A piece of paper cut 4x4 inches, to measure and format the corners
* Sharp scissors
Constructing the Blanket:
Cutting the Fleece
Tying the Fringe
That’s it! Making fleece blankets is an easy, satisfying project. The feel of the fabric is not only fun to work with, but of course wonderful to use. And those who receive these blankets will appreciate the care you used to make them.
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Outdoor Elderly Activities -- Some can also be done throughout other seasons. And consider how they can be moved indoors too - giving more options for fun things to do. (Likewise, many of our indoor activities can be moved outside!)
Elderly Games For Fun and Function -- Elderly games are excellent for exercising those “mental muscles” and stimulating memory, focus, cognitive skills, plus relieving stress and worry.