Tying Knots of Love

Welcome to Imagine That on Wednesdays.

Thank you everyone for your comments Monday about community service.  Continuing with that theme–

Have you ever thought of turning a hobby into a way to give back?  A lot of people may think that community service involves donating money or joining a volunteer organization.  Not everyone feels inclined to go that route, however.  And if they don’t feel that they quite fit in with those avenues, they might believe they just have nothing to offer.

With a little creativity, though, people can find lots of different ways to give back to their community.

Those with pets probably know that any furniture in the house doesn’t really belong to the humans, but to the animals.  That’s how it is with my cat, Teagan, anyway.  She believes my big fleece blanket is meant to serve as her bed.  I made her a cat-sized one for herself, but she still insists on napping with the bright green, My Little Pony blanket.

I was really impressed with the rescue organization where we got Teagan, and would have loved to volunteer some hours at the shelter playing with the kitties, but their headquarters are a 30-minute drive away and my schedule just doesn’t allow for me to commit regularly.  I still wanted to give back in some way, though.  Then it hit me–why not make some cat blankets for the kitties?  Shelters are always in need of blankets, and not only was it something I could set an afternoon aside for, I could make a party out of it and invite my friends.

Do you want to know the best part about making fleece blankets?  No sewing.  That is right, my friends.  This is perhaps the easiest fabric craft there is.

You’ll need two pieces of fabric, a nice design for the front and a complementary solid for the back.  Trim the edges so the two pieces are lined up evenly.  Then you cut the edges into 3-inch strips about the width of a Popsicle stick.  You’ll need to cut the corners off, 3″x3″.  Then you simply tie the strips together.  The blankets look best if you tie it so the bottom strip is on top; that way you get to see the color scheme.

Last weekend, some friends came over to help me with this project.  There were five of us, and in three hours we took 12 yards of fabric and made 24 blankets.  We also took all the scraps–the lengthy trimmings–and braided them into 36 cat toys.  We still haven’t found a use for all those extra square patches.  (Remember, the reason I like this is there is no sewing! 😉 )

I’ve been making cat blankets for two years now.  It’s not a constant activity, only something we do maybe two to three times a year when the fabric store has a huge sale.  In October, one of my friends will be doing the same for Project Linus, making fleece blankets for kids in the hospital.  (1 yard of fabric will make 4 cat blankets; 1 1/2 yards will make a person-sized blanket.  Though that’s actually double because remember there is a front and back.)

Have you made these tie-knot fleece blankets before?  Are you going to try making one now?  They make great Christmas gifts.  😉  Are there any hobbies you think could become a way to serve your community?  I love hearing from you!

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14 comments on “Tying Knots of Love

  1. I love this idea. I like to sew and I’ve used to quilt too. I made a lot of blankets for my children and my friend’s kids too. One day I would love to start making the blankies for the babies in need at a hospital. That’s a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Stacy Green says:

    I have never made these, but Grace has a really cool one she got from a family friend a few years ago. I always wanted to learn how to make them. Very cool of you to make blankets for the shelter cats!

  3. Amber West says:

    That is an adorable idea! I love the idea of blankets for animals in need (and people, too).

  4. Hartford says:

    I am craft-challenged but I love this idea because it sounds like something EVEN I could do. What a great idea. I would have never thought to donate them to our local pet organizations! Your ROCK Angela – thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely give it a whirl this winter…

  5. I am not crafty at all, and I’m envious of those who are….I love what you’ve done with your big heart and talent! I’m going to find some things for goodwill now…..

  6. I like the no sewing too. My daughter and I would have fun making these for our shelters. Thanks for the idea and the instructions.

  7. linda says:

    That’s so awesome! Glad to hear you had a great time. 🙂

  8. I’m totally crafty and could make these because, there’s no sewing! I’m going to make some for the vet we use and the shelter in my town. What a fabulous idea.

  9. No sewing! That’s for me! What a super idea Angela. I’m going to make some for kids at the women’s shelter. Thank you so much for sharing the idea.

  10. I’m glad everyone loves the no sewing part. Have fun making them!

  11. Marcia says:

    Hi Angela! I’ve always done crafts and have donated, as well. Wish I’d have crafty friends to help sometimes! I made these blankets for my 4 grandchildren last Christmas. The 3 girls got girly prints–kittens, the popular monkey faces, colorful flowers. My grandson got football helmets representing several teams. They all love them and use them for their movie watching on the couch and for naptimes.
    It’s wonderful how much community service like this that you do. I hope your posts inspire a lot of people to do the same!

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