18 March 2012

Baby Blankets

I recently made a couple baby blankets for baby shower gifts.
I found the idea for this blanket here.
I absolutely LOVE the look, weight, and feel of blankets made this way.

This one was for a baby boy - his parents are from Africa!

I added this bib to the gift.  This was the last one I had left from the event last September. 

The biggest trick to making this blanket is this cool little tool that I have for my machine.  It's a quiltering tool.  I had never used it and really didn't even know I had it.  When I read the post I got the idea from, the author mentioned that she had a seam gauge that hooked to her machine that made it easy.  I got to thinking that my machine SURELY had something like that!
So I dug out my manual and got to looking and sure enough - I did.  Awesome.

It slides on through a small hole made for it and you adjust it however far from the needle you want your stitching to be.  After the first line of stitching is made you use the guide to place your next line of stitching. 

There are four layers to this blanket.  The top 3 layers get cut between the stitching. 
You wash and dry it after you do the stitching and cutting.
You can find the well written tutorial for this here.  This is the one I followed and it was very easy to do.

Close-up of the edges.  I think binding the edges would be neat too but I was too lazy to make binding to match the blanket.

I have an idea for using this technique for something else.
I will show you when I get to it - it's gonna be a rather big project!

So what do YOU think?  Like it?  Love it?  Hate it?  Are you a 'raw-edge' person or do you like things all neatly stitched, serged, and finished?? ( I am really into raw edges right now!!)

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Blogger Janice said...

How funny. I'm getting read to make this one right now!!

March 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Diane made one like this for Mia when she was born... we love it!

March 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger deborah said...

I love blankets made like that and I think raw edges are neat.

March 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM  

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