I didn't do a lot of handmade Christmas gifts this year, but I did manage to squeeze in these great blankets. The baseball one is for my new nephew and the blue one is for Austin's autism preschool teacher. She is always talking about how each child with autism is a lock and if you can find the right "key" they will begin to open up and be able to live more fully in the world around them. I saw this key fleece fabric and knew it would be perfect for her.
I saw this tutorial HERE and was blown away by such a simple and great idea. Just take a piece of double printed fleece and sew a fabric binding around the edge! I rounded the corners and used fabric that I cut on the bias so it was stretchy. My strips were 3 and 3/4 inches I believe. Reminder to self: next time 3.5 inch strips would probably be perfect. Rounding the corners and making my bias tape probably took about an hour. Sewing the binding on one side and hand stitching the other side probably took around 4.5 hours. I love to hand stitch the binding on the back because it gives me an excuse to sit down and watch a movie or two. They are really fun to make and much faster than a full pieced quilt, give it a try!