A while ago I explained how I make holes in fleece fabric so I can add a crocheted yarn border.
But I understand that not everyone wants to spend the $$ for a rotary cutter and special skip-stitch blade
or has the hand strength to use an old-fashioned paper punch.
So here are links to a few other methods:
Lisa, author of the blog Piecework Treasures, used an ice pick! While on page 2 of ‘Baby’s Choice Edgings for Fleece’, Terry Kimbrough says that not only an ice pick, but a nail, awl or knitting needle will work. (booklet available through Amazon for as little as $3.50) I’ve also read about people using a rotary leather hole punch or a seam ripper, but haven’t found any photos showing results. If you happen to have any of these lying around, it seems worth experimenting.
There’s also the Sharp Crochet Hook, which costs about $10.00 with shipping.
Once you figure out how to make holes in fleece, you might like to practice by making Sarah Zimmerman’s Monster Fleece Lovey Blanket. So Cute! I’m sure you’ve got some yarn – HAha – so all you need is a little piece of fleece. Sarah also shares her robot and puppy dog lovey patterns.
The ‘Ruffled Fleece Blanket’ project in Crochet Today’s oct/nov 2006 issue starts with working blanket stitch all the way round. This technique is explained well here, by Big A Little A. I imagine working this stitch on fleece would be easier, more quickly done, with smooth thread rather than yarn. – maybe embroidery floss? Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the stitch on felt. For a fleece blanket I would switch to about 3/4″ in and 3/4″ apart and let the cut edge of the fleece roll toward the back as I stitched to make a folded ‘hem’ just like you get with the Project Linus’ crocheted foundation round. (shown from back)
For a more unique solution, check out the blog post, ‘Quick, Cheap and Easy Baby Blanket’, in which Jessie shows how to machine-sew a strand of railroad yarn around the fleece’s edge and then crochet into it. Sounds crazy but it looks like it works!