Thursday, June 16, 2011

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket

I have made this AMAZING baby blanket! I am so proud of myself for doing it! I saw a picture of a blanket like this and I knew I had to make one for myself! I followed the tutorial over at Made. She has great step-by-step directions. It wasn't necessarily hard, just VERY time consuming, but very very worth it. It turned out so perfect and soft. The part that took me the longest was sewing all the little rows. That literally took me months (off and on). Then the cutting I did in a day. Then after all that, the binding was a breeze!
 Here's a close up of the front of the blanket
 So here's what you do! You get 4-5 pieces of fabric. I used 4. One fabric should be printed with some kind of design and the others should be mostly solid. You should use 100% cotton for this project because it frays so nicely. Then you need to put all the fabrics together to be sewn. I used some temporary adhesive spray and then safety pinned it in a bunch of places, but no matter what you do, it will still move a bit.
 Then you sew all these wonderful rows over and over and over again. I sewed the rows every 1/2 inch! The end result is slightly different with different size rows.
 Then after all your hard work of sewing the rows, then its time to cut all the rows! You need to cut all solid fabrics but do NOT cut the printed pattern! I was so nervous the whole time that I would accidentally cut a hole in the back, but I didn't! YAY!

 Then when you are all done with the sewing and the cutting then you trim the edges and the lady over at Made used a plate and rounded the corners. I liked the square look so I left it. Then you pin on the binding. I had to use 2 packages of 3 yard bias tape for mine. Then you sew it on!

 Then the fun part. When you are all done with it, You throw it in the washing machine and wash and dry it. When it comes out of the dryer the fabric will have frayed nicely where you cut it and gotten soft! If you want it a little more frayed then just wash and dry it again!
I absolutely LOVE this blanket! But I don't think I will ever get around to making another one! :)


Anonymous said...

great looking quilt bfb

Muckity Mucked said...

Love your choice of fabrics & colors - such a pretty quilt! Do you happen to remember how many yards you bought or know the finished size? I have made a few quilts like this but used 1.5 yards (much smaller than yours) I was afraid the chenille wouldn't fray if my corner to corner cuts became off bias.Hope that makes sense. :)