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Thread: Need Help with Tied Fleece Throw Construction

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    Need Help with Tied Fleece Throw Construction

    I made and donated a quilt for my school's fundraiser, and our Athletic Director (long time friend & colleague who now considers me "a sewing expert" poor guy!) asked for my help with 4 basketball themed, tied fleece quilt throws he purchased for his 4 senior girls on his varsity basketball team. He thought he was purchasing finished throws (now understands why it's called a kit! Lol) My question is what is the best way to stay stitch the 2 layers together? Should I do 3 vertical seams- down the middle, then in the middle of the 2 halves? One vertical and on horizontal seam making a plus sign? Also should I sew the 2 layers together around the outside edges just above the cuts to create the ties? Is a square knot the best way to tie it or is there another knot that works better? I know he wants these to last - he wants them to take the throws to college with them. Thanks for any help- 4 of the same thing-yikes!
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    I would do no sewing. After cutting your fringe make a small cut just above each fringe and push both fringe tails through this hole and pull them all the way through. The fringe tails will not pull out when washed. Stays better than tying. Hope this makes sense.
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    We made the tied throws in VBS one year. They are simply tied twice, a square knot is good. You don't have to quilt them, the fleece grabs each other and holds tight. Just be sure to get them evenly together before you start to knot.

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    No sewing is required. Just line up the 2 pieces and double knot the fringes.
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    Personally, I think they look nice when you sew them together about three to four inches or so in from the edges, and then cut fringe around the edges. It's a nice, clean look. From what I've seen of the fleece blankets donated to our chapter of Project Linus, they don't really need to be quilted through the middle.
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    Thanks so much for the help and advice! Watched a YouTube video on cutting the small hole at the top of the fringe strips & putting the strips through the hole and pulling it snug. I'm going to try this, I like the idea of minimizing the knot size to keep the edges not quite so bulky.
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    I have just sewn a big"X" . It keeps it from shifting when using.

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    Last edited by AZ Jane; 02-01-2016 at 06:17 AM.
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    fleece throw blankets--why bother with the ties? Just anchor the two layers, useawalking zigzag stich and sew two rows(presserfootapart up 4 inches fromthe edges(also cut out 4inch squares on each corner. after stitching the twolayers together, just cut a frindge 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart all around the edges. It will lay flat and the walking zigzag stitch will give it extra "give" too. Have fun! I make these for shut-ins, homeless and sick people. Easy and fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian View Post
    Thanks so much for the help and advice! Watched a YouTube video on cutting the small hole at the top of the fringe strips & putting the strips through the hole and pulling it snug. I'm going to try this, I like the idea of minimizing the knot size to keep the edges not quite so bulky.
    What did you google to get this video? Thanks

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    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    I don't know how many know this method of cutting fringe: On a large cutting mat, lay your two fabrics as usual. Then place a small mat on top of this, folding back the fabrics just the length you need for fringe. Then take your June Tailor fringe cutter on top to cut your fringe.

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