In honor of sewing classes starting back up this month, I thought I’d share a little sewing tutorial with you. I made this baby blanket a while ago for a friend who recently had a baby. It’forex trading untuk Hidup soft and cuddly enough for a newborn, but it’s larger size makes it a great play blanket as a baby grows. If you’ve never attempted a blanket, this is a great place to start.
Okay, first things firstlet’s make some cuts! Your cotton fabric should be 44-45 inches wide, from selvage to selvage. Cut the length to 45 inches, so you will have a piece of fabric about 45 x 45 inches. Once you’ve cut out your square, you can round the corners by tracing the edge of a plate with a fabric marking pen.
Just line the edge of the plate up with the straight edges of the fabric to make a nice round edge. If your fabric is folded in half, you’ll only have to do this twice. Cut the same size square from your minky dot material. It may be wider than the cotton material, so you might have to cut the length and the widthI did. Just make sure that you cut a square that is 45 x 45 inches. It feels like puppy dog ears. If Cruella Deville had known about this stuff, she wouldn’t have needed 101 puppies.
Using the same technique as before, round the corners of your square. I ended up laying mine out on the floor because it’s so big. You can see that all of my edges don’t line up perfectlythat’s ok. I trimmed them up when I got it all pinned. Use your large safety pins to secure the two layers together. I like to place these about every 8-10 inches in the middle area of the material.
This just keeps the fabric secured together and prevents shifting while you’re sewing. Then, place straight pins around the edge of the blanket about every 6 inches. Leave the head of the pins hanging off the edge for easy removal while you sew. You’ll want to leave a hole open about 10 inches wide for turning the blanket right-side-out. When I run into the parallel pins it reminds me not to sew thereI won’t tell you how many times I’ve sewed something up, only to have to rip the stitches out to turn it.
This is my trick for remembering. I need a lot of help. 2 inch seam allowance, sew around the edge of the blanket. Once you’ve sewn all the way around, snip the fabric around the curved corners so that it will lay flat when it’s turned. Be careful not the snip the stitches.
Nothing can make you cuss like accidentally snipping stitches. Now remove all of the safety pins and turn your blanket right-side-out! I like to go around the edge and iron all the seams out so that they’re nice and neat. Next turn under the edges of the hole you left and pin it. Also pin around the entire perimeter of the blanketpinning about every 8-10 inches.