How to Make Fleece Lap Blankets for Seniors

Fleece Blankets for SeniorsRecently, Angie, our friend Sandy, and I decided to do something special for some seniors in a nearby Nursing Home.  One common request from seniors in nursing homes was warm lap blankets.  We were told that the best size for these lap blankets are 3 x 4 feet.

Of course, fleece is a very warm fabric so we definitely chose that as the main part of the lap blanket.  Next, we wanted to make them more unique then just a piece of fleece.  Since we are avid crocheters we scoured Pinterest for ideas and we found two possibilities.  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)


Pinterest Findings!

First, we found a way to braid the edges here.  Braided FleeceThis is an awesome project, however with our limited time, we were only able to make one of these.  We chose a plaid for this and it is turning out really nice.  Please follow the link above to see how completed hers!

Second, we found the best way to produce a quality lap blanket that would allow us to personalize them in the limited time we had.  We chose to crochet the edges giving them a finished and unique look.  Go here to find the detailed instructions.  Below is what we used and the results of our hard work!  (Actually, these are fairly easy and quick!)




Materials Used


  • In order to prepare for crocheting the edges, we cut the selvage edge off the fleece, then we cut each piece to 3′ x 4′ using the Rotary Cutter.
  • Then we used the Rotary Cutter with the crochet edge blade to create the consistent slits on the edges of the fabric.


Although we don’t have all of them available to show you, here are a few.

The blue plaid below was paired with a navy blue yarn and it turned out beautiful!

Fleece Crochet Edge

This next one was edged with white and a soft blue.  The final piece turned out striking!

White Crochet Edge

Below is a pile of the five crocheted edged lap blankets we have finished so far.  Our friend Sandy has completed a beautiful piece of fleece with butterflies on it!  We cannot wait to see it!  However, we will soon be delivering these to the Nursing Home and hopefully bring a few smiles to a few beautiful residents.

Finished Lap Blankets

Have you ever made anything like this?  We would love to hear about it!

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4 thoughts on “How to Make Fleece Lap Blankets for Seniors

  1. Great job! Many seniors get left behind at the holidays. So what a wonderful mission you have!
    I’ve made the fleece blankets with cotton on one side and sewn together like a quilt. I haven’t used a crochet needle sunset I was about 15!

    • Thanks Jo! We are so looking forward to seeing the reactions when we deliver the blankets this weekend! Grab your crochet needle and this tutorial and Let us know if you get started on these… they sure are a lot of fun to make!

    • Hello Sarah! Yes, this is the true meaning of Christmas and we look forward to delivering them to them. Thank you for stopping by! Come back soon!

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