Trevor's Cub Scout den held a recent meeting in an unusual place... the fabric store!
Each boy picked out a solid and a patterned fleece to make tied blankets, which we will be donating to a shelter in town. Check out Trevor's patterned fabric. It's obvious he was very influenced by our New Mexico trip!
Steve helped out by holding the red and the orange solids against the patterned fleece so Trevor could make a decision. He chose the red.
Off to the cutting counter! We need 1.5 yards of each fabric. That plaid to Trevor's right is the one I picked out. Can't leave me out of a crafting opportunity!
Holly commandeered the pattern table and taught the boys how to make the blankets.
Trevor got started first thing in the morning before school. Trouble helped.
To make the blanket, put the fabrics together with the right sides out, then trim as needed so they are the same size. Cut a square from each corner (4" x 4" is a good size) and discard.
Starting from one corner, cut a strip approximately 1" wide and 4" deep, making sure to cut through both layers of fabric. Tie the two pieces of fleece together in a double knot. Repeat this all the way around the blanket. This is easier to do without a rabbit on the blanket as you work. Fortunately, Trouble got distracted by the empty bag, snatched the store circular sitting next to it, and ran off to do some nibbling.
I used a different tying technique to do my blanket. I prefer no bulky knots, so I followed these instructions. (The next time I make a fleece blanket, I'm going to try this method.)
Here we are, showing off our completed blankets.
Our Cub Scout den will be visiting the shelter soon to deliver the blankets to those in need. Good work, Scouts!