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« on: July 28, 2011 05:04:17 PM »

I'm a beginner sewer and without thinking enough about it, I bought two 2-yard pieces of a jersey knit fabric. I had intended it to make baby items (like blankies or something, rather than clothes), only to realize that 1. jersey isn't particularly known for being easy to sew and 2. no one seems to like to recommend making non-clothing items out of jersey. As long as I shrink the heck out of all the fabric, would it be disastrous to make a blanket? Should it be entirely jersey or can I combine it with some other type of fabric (like flannel)? What other baby items could I make that would be relatively easy for a beginner with all this fabric? (I focus on stuff for babies because the colors I bought were bought with the mother-to-be's color palette for the nursery in mind.)
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011 05:25:36 AM »

I think the biggest reason jersey isn't recommended for non-clothing is because it stretches.  It's also usually a little thin (and if it's not thin, it tends to be scratchy) for baby blankets.  It's actually not that difficult to sew, as long as you're prepared (use a small zig zag stitch and a ball-point needle--and even then, I've used a universal needle on some jerseys with no issue), so clothing shouldn't be outside your consideration if you're up to it.  Try a little hat, like a stocking cap, to see how you like working with it, then go from there.
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