Arts & Crafts, Miscellaneous

15 Ways to Embellish a Fleece Blanket

If you’re looking for new ways to add a little pizzazz to a plain or printed fleece blanket, then you’ve come to the right place! These 26 blankets were all embellished in some way to make them truly unique.

For the solid-colored blankets, we used characters from coloring pages as a simple pattern to cut out pieces of fleece to form layers of the design then zigzag-stitched the pieces together and then zigzag-stitched them onto the blanket.

On some of the blankets with printed designs, we either zigzag-stitched or hand-stitched with metallic thread around the design to make it “pop” out.

Several blankets have 3-D accents such as tassels (elephant tails), pompoms (lion’s tail), buttons (duck eyes), bows (balloon bouquet) and sequins.

For blankets with busy patterns, we sometimes added (using zigzag stitch) a coordinating color of fleece as a border then attached cute trims and rickrack. Other times we simply stitched around the blanket’s edge using a decorative stitch, blanket stitch or simple straight stitch.

Thinking “outside-the-box” on several blankets resulted in adorable designs and techniques that we’ll continue to use on future blankets! The Cars & Trucks blanket features a road-like dashed line around the border which was achieved by cutting slits in the blue area and weaving white ribbon in and out. The Alphabet Stamp blanket and Polka Dot blanket both feature a cute wavy border that was cut along two sides. The Rainbow blanket not only has a fleece rainbow and sun sewn on it, but also features multicolored yarn fringe tassels along each corner.

We hope these techniques inspire you to turn your mass-production fleece blankets into a one-of-a-kind blankets that someone you know will treasure!