Awhile back I saw this blanket at Made. I think it popped up on my Google reader through another blog, but I thought it was pretty sweet and didn’t look too difficult. There was also a great tutorial on Aesthetic Nest. I got some pretty good ideas.
Conveniently my Husbands cousin was about to have a baby so I found some super cute fabric and 3 matching flannels. I followed the instructions on laying out the fabric and used spray glue to get it all to stick together. I also basted this with some safety pins. Then I marked my center line and started sewing:
Then I worked on sewing my lines. I tried to prepare myself and wind a couple of bobbins, not sure how far I would get. Well.. not far. If you do this, wind like 5-6 bobbins before you start. And I sewed and sewed.
I started in the middle and moved to one of the sides, then back to the middle. I ended up eventually finishing it off through a
few lot of episodes of Gilmore Girls. Nothing better to take your mind off of sewing 1/2″ lines better than GG!
After the sewing is the cutting. Aesthetic Nest used the Olfa chenille cutter. They don’t have it in the stores here, but after Thanksgiving I found a pair of these squeeze scissors for super cheap at Joanns. I figured they had to be better than regular scissors. And they were!
Now the cutting process – Yeah it took about as long as the sewing. The scissors were FABULOUS! However I was trying to be super careful to not cut any holes. I didn’t have any spare fabric! This was taking way too long and I had to finish before we left for Christmas vacation. After a super late night of cutting, I realized that I could just make sure all the edges were cut in enough to put the binding on, I could finish cutting later.
I squared up everything and rounded the corners and put the binding on. I was in a rush so no pictures were taken. Sorry! Here is a shot at the end with everything cut and the binding on:
And last but not least – the happy recipient!
This blanket was fun to make and I seriously doubted at times if I was going to finish it or if it would work. However I was thrilled with the results! I am maybe planning on making a few more!