Thursday, January 26, 2012
A Faux Chenille Baby Blanket
I ran across this blog post recently and was enchanted... Fortunately, I had some lengths of cotton flannel fabric on hand.
I used 1.25 yard pieces of 2 different flannel prints. Two of each print. They are layered like this: The first one is placed right side down. Then, layer on the two contrasting pieces. It doesn't much matter which way you put them, right side up or upside down. Lastly, place the last piece right side up.
Pin the layers together, using plenty of pins. Then, sew seams on the bias, one inch apart, all across the layers until it is covered with the stitching. My main fabric has little pink polka dots all over it, so it was easy to follow the lines for the stitching.
Using your sewing shears, cut through THREE layers of the fabric, half-way between every 2 lines of stitching.
Carefully sew around the edges to baste all the layers together, and then apply bias trim all around. I made my bias from 1/2 yard of flannel, following the instructions in this video:
Before I sewed on the binding, I trimmed the corners to make them curved.
Here you can see a detail of the side where I finished the binding by stitching it on by hand:
Here is the blanket before I washed and dried it:
And here it is after it was washed and dried. It is beginning to fray nicely.
I really don't have a victim for this blanket just now, but I'm certain one will show up someday and I'll be able to give her a nice snugly blanket!
My dolls will keep an eye on it until then. :)