Last time I made several fleece blankets, but this year I only bought fabric for one. The finished blanket measures approximately 53 x 56 inches, not including the fringe. I had hoped to make it a little longer, but that was all the fabric that was on the bolt. It should still be a good size for a child to cuddle up with it.
To make the blanket, I simply evened up the cut edges and trimmed off the selvedge. Then I sewed a straight stitch about two inches from the edge of the fabric all the way around. Then I used my trusty spring loaded scissors to cut in from the edge, almost up to the sewing line, at about half inch (maybe 3/4) intervals all the way around. It is a very easy project that takes almost no time to make. It took just over an hour from start to finish. It probably would have taken less time if I hadn't had a fluffy black feline "helper" in my lap. In fact, if I see some more fleece I like at a good price, I might make more. . .