Hey there! So today I’m showing you something that is altogether new to me. And I’m kind of smitten! Remember this stack of fabric? Well I’ve been working my way through it, and I began with that gorgeous Nano Iro flannel from Jones and Vandermeer.
I knew I didn’t want to cut it up, so I decided to make a whole cloth quilt with some Chambray Union fabric. It actually ended up being a whole cloth blanket, but the quilt was my initial intention. I prewashed both of my fabrics knowing that the blanket would eventually be washed, and I expected the flannel to shrink. Better to preshrink than to have a surprise later, I think!
To make this blanket, I placed right sides together, and sewed all the way around leaving an opening for turning. After that, I edgestitched the blanket all the way around, and followed that up with a 1/2″ stitch all the way around.
I then used the 1/2″ stitch line as a guide for my embroidered edge. I had not done this sort of stitch before, which I got from the Purl Bee. It was easy peasy, and in a short amount of time, I had a finished blanket. I did say that my original intention was to make a quilt. Well I knew I didn’t want batting, because I was just going for a simple and lightweight covering. And after I had completed the stitching around the edge, I didn’t want to overdo things by adding stitching to the flannel. That print is so gorgeous, I didn’t feel the need to crowd it with stitching.
This blanket is for Baby, but Layla wanted to claim this blanket immediately after I finished the last stitch. She loves soft things, and said she has to have one. I think when I can, I’ll purchase 1 1/4 yd of this fabric in the pink and soft blue colorway, and surprise my Munchkin with a big girl version! Its a terribly practical covering for our part of the world, where its too hot to use a full quilt most of the year.
Come back tomorrow to see some really darling baby pants!!