Braided Fringe Throw Blanket

4 Materials
2 Hours

Are you also a compulsive blanket shopper? It can’t be just me…! I don’t know what it is about throw blankets, I can’t help myself. Maybe the promise of more cozy nights wrapped up on the sofa?

I’m sharing this easy Fringe Throw Blanket DIY because I’m not always the most discerning buyer. I’ve ended up with a few very plain fleece blankets I’m not sure what to do with. They’re super cozy for sure but they can be kind of drab. So if you’re looking to update your stash of fleece throw blankets, find some matching yarn and read on to learn how to add on-trend braided fringe!

Check out my blog post if you need more pictures and tips on how to achieve an even fringe!

Before you begin, you’ll need to find some yarn that matches the color of the fleece throw you want to update. It’s fine if there is some deviation in the color. Slight changes are virtually invisible to the eye once the yarn is braided.

To prepare the yarn for the fringe, we need to cut it into equal pieces 8 to 10″ (20 to 25cm) long. In order to that efficiently, I wrapped an entire skein of yarn around a box and cut it through with my scissors.

Wrapping the whole ball of yarn only took me a few minutes and I got an unexpected arm workout!

Split the cut yarn into several small bunches and even it out across the edge of the throw. Make sure the center point of the yarn is on the edge of the throw blanket.

Place the throw under your sewing machine foot. Set the sewing machine to a large zig-zag stitch and start sewing over the edge of the throw. Make sure your zig zag keeps catching the edge of the fleece as you sew down the section.

When you’re done with the first edge, repeat the previous steps with the other edge.

The braiding step can be completed in under an hour if you’ve had too much coffee or you’re really cold and you need that throw blanket NOW. Otherwise, it’s a chilled-out activity you can complete while catching up on TV or simply in peace, giving you space to think.

To braid the fringe, take about 1 inch (2.5cm) of yarn fringe and split it into 3 strands. Braid the strands until it reaches 3 inches (8cm) then wrap one piece of yarn around tight and knot it. Continue down the edge. Cut the yarn 1.5″ (3 to 4cm) away from the knot to give the ends a tassel-like appearance.

Finally, brush the ends of the braids for a softer look. Go crazy with that brush because yarn, unlike cotton cord, will not unravel its strands so easily! The end result is so soft and fluffy, it’s worth the effort.

And voila! I have to say, it’s a super comfy blanket. Mine has been adopted by my boyfriend and I fear I may never get to enjoy it again… Better make two!

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  • Tammy Myers
    Tammy Myers
    on Jan 28, 2021

    I love this!

  • Flipturn
    on Feb 11, 2021

    After you have laid out all the strands flat on your blanket, to help keep them in place before they are stitched down , run a strip of painters tape over the whole length. If you place one edge of the tape close to where you want to sew you can use the edge as a visual guide.

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