This week has pretty much been working with a few crafts sprinkled in between. I was able to do crafty things and hang out with my friends Lauren and Chanel. Those awesome projects are coming soon to the blog nearest you! (aka Elemental Carbon). I also went to Bible Study on Tuesday, Women's Bible Study Wednesday morning, and a RealLife get together playing sand volleyball on Thursday.
I also picked up my guitar again because it had been way way too long. I learned to play the song Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift because I think the intro is really fun. I also worked a little bit on Study No. 7 in Am by Matteo Carcassi which I had learned previous to my guitar hiatus (due to college busy-ness).
When I was younger, and even now, it seemed like every single person and their brother had one of those no-sew fleece blankets where you tied the edges, but I never got or made one. I was at Hobby Lobby with my friend Lauren and saw this really cute black and white plaid fleece (and it was on sale!) and knew that this was the perfect opportunity to make up for the missing fleece blanket in my childhood.
Plus, I love blankets and I feel like you can never have too many.
At the same time, I was never overly fond of the tied edge look, but as much as I love sewing, I still jump at the chance of anything that is no-sew.
So instead of tying the edges, I crocheted them so that they look braided!
Want to know how? I'll show you!
Here's what you'll need:
-One or two colors of fleece (about two yards makes a pretty big blanket)
Here's what you do:
1. Lay the two large pieces of fleece on top of one another, right sides facing out (if there are right sides). Cut the raw edges off and trim them down so that they are both the exact same size.
2. Cut strips about two inches in length all the way around the edges of the blanket. Cut out squares in the corners. The plaid made it really easy to keep these straight! Then, fold the strips over and cut 1-1 1/2 inch slits in each strip. DON'T cut slits in the last two strips of the corner you will be doing last - these will be used for tying up the end.
The slits don't have to be perfectly straight because you won't really see them anyways.
3. Start at one corner and open up the slit, pulling the next strip all the way through. Once you have pulled that strip through, open up that slit and pull the next strip through and so forth.
Continue the same process going around the corners.
4. Once you reach the end, pull the second to last strip (the last two shouldn't have slits) through and then tie the second to last strip and the last strip together. Then, tuck the ends into the edge.
And you're done!
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"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
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