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« on: November 07, 2004 07:50:32 PM »

I just embroidered this vintage design onto a light-blue down blanket for our friends' brand-spankin' new baby.



The above picture is pre-ironing and pre-application to the blanket.  It's also out of focus and a little red because my finger was covering the flash.  OK, enough excuses!
Here's what I did:

1. I embroidered the design, which I found on needlecrafter.com (I found out about it here on craftster, of course!), onto a handkerchief, using a combination of twisted embroidery floss and "regular" 6-strand floss (using 2 of the strands at a time).  I used the handkerchief because it was the only material I could find at the craft store, and it also had more threads per inch than cross-stitch material.  It was also very thin, so I could just trace the design I printed out, instead of doing any fancy transferring.

2.  Using 32-point "Lucinda Handwriting" font in Microsoft Word, I typed in "Sweet dreams, Zachary" and printed it out.  I traced it onto the material, just as I did the baby design, with a #2 pencil (which is very hard to erase from the material, actually, so don't make too many mistakes!)  I then embroidered that in green floss.  I think I need some practice with letters, but it's readable.

3.  I then cut the handkerchief to fit into exactly 6 squares of the quilted blanket, and sewed the sides to finish them.  Ironing was key to this process, because I could iron the would-be seams first, to make sure the measurements were precise, which they rarely were the first try. 

4.  To apply the design to the blanket (which I bought...it's soft and lovely and made by a company called "Brooklyn Down") I first used Steam-a-Seam to stick it on.  This took about a minute of ironing for each section - more than the usual 20 seconds.  I then sewed all around the white material, all the way through the blanket, using light-blue thread, so it wouldn't show on the other side of the blanket.
Here's the finished product:





Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2004 08:25:45 PM »

just precious.  baby things are so cute.  i just hope i don't have to receive any for at least ten years.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2004 05:24:42 AM »

Grin hahaha...I second that!

any excuse to do a craft, though...

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2004 04:37:26 PM »

awwww....now i want one for *my* daughter Cheesy i love it!
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2004 08:44:36 AM »

Cheesy Glad you like it, Mreld!

I just realized I probably should have put this in the baby things category...oops!  I guess it could be sort of cross-listed.  Roll Eyes

Check out that needlecrafter.com website for a more girly version of the design if you want to do something like this for your daughter.  Of course, the one I used works both ways!
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2004 02:00:46 PM »

That is really cute! The baby's hair is adorable.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2004 12:57:55 PM »

that is beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2004 09:01:28 AM »

I absolutely luuuuuurve that!!
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