Activity of the Week

Easy-Knot Fleece Lap Blanket

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Want a simple project you can make together? Try an easy-knot lap blanket. If you can tie a knot, you can make this colorful and cozy throw. It encourages small-motor skills and can be completed in just a couple of hours. And there's nothing like that feeling of "I made it myself!"

What you'll need:

  • 1-2/3 yards of print or solid-color microweight fleece

  • 1-2/3 yards of a solid-color microweight fleece

  • Tape measure

  • Safety pins

  • Scissors

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Cut the fabric so it measures 54 inches square. Remove any extra material.

  • Place the fabric squares together, matching corners, with the right side of fabric facing out.

  • Pin the pieces together to help keep fabric from shifting, and place the fabric on a solid surface (floor or table, not your lap).

  • Cut a 4-inch square from each corner.

  • Cut fringe 1 inch wide and 5 inches deep on all sides.

  • Make an overhand knot to tie the front and back fringe together. Start at one corner and tie every other fringe.

  • Flip the blanket and finish tying the rest of the fringe. Try not to pull too hard on any one knot, so it lies neatly.

Why it's great:

  • Many older adults will be able to make the easy-knot lap blanket alone, but it's more fun if you work as a team.

  • It's a gift friends, grandchildren, or family members will appreciate, or it's a good donation to a shelter or other nonprofit organization.

  • You don't need to learn a new skill -- you just need to be able to tie a knot.

  • You don't need a sewing machine or hot glue; fleece doesn't unravel.

  • Working together is bonding. You sit close and have the chance to have a quiet conversation or the contentment of not talking at all.

  • Men and women can make this blanket -- it isn't too "girlie."

  • Crafts encourage creativity. You get to pick out the colors and patterns, and you gain a sense of pride in what you create.

  • Crafts spark memories. Your loved one might remember a time he or she made something by hand or gave or received a special gift.