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Topic: Easy peasie flannel baby blankie (with tute) & mitered corners tutorial too!!  (Read 54617 times)
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« on: March 06, 2006 04:18:35 PM »

I made this for a woman at work, who had a healthy little girl after 5 months(!) of bed rest.. It took me about an hour total, not including picking out the fabric. With just the two pieces of flannel, it's not as heavy as a full blanket, but still has some weight to it, so it will drape nicely around baby. My son (age 7) still uses his, and rubbing his cheek against the silky edge helps him relax and get to sleep. 

The flash on the camera makes the binding looks disco-shiny, but it's really just plain old satin binding. 





Ingredients
1 yard each of flannel for front and back (I used monkeys on one side, and pink dots on the other)
1 package of matching blanket binding, and matching thread.

Directions
*Iron each piece, and pin together, right sides out. (you are going to cover the edge with the binding, so it doesn't matter if the edge is unfinished).
*Square the whole thing, and sew together (RSO), trimming close to the seam.
*Pin blanket binding along edge, covering both sides, and miter corners.
*Sew a fairly tight zig-zag seam along edge of binding.
  Voila, it's finished!

Edited 14 July 2006 - I've added another post to this topic for a mitered corner tutorial.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006 06:15:41 PM »

That's really pretty and I do like the satin binding.  I just suck at sewing on binding!  I guess with practice I can get better at it.  I just always end up missing parts of the underside.

Any tips?
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006 07:36:19 PM »

I love the monkey material.  How easy is the blankie to sew?  Can a beginner sew one?
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2006 08:50:12 AM »

I love that, it came out so cute and looks like it would be fun to make--- I bet there are so many cute kinds of flannel out there and you could come up with a ton of adorable blankets! I love the money/polka dot combo tho!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2006 12:44:51 PM »

I love the monkey material.  How easy is the blankie to sew?  Can a beginner sew one?

I don't think it would be too hard, but it would probably be a good idea to practice, especially with the binding, and mitering the corners. The binding was the most expensive part ($5.99). My suggestion would be to perhaps start with a smaller project, so you can be sure that you'll have extra binding left over to experiment with..

That's really pretty and I do like the satin binding.  I just suck at sewing on binding!  I guess with practice I can get better at it.  I just always end up missing parts of the underside.

Any tips?
I suck at bindings too, but I thought that using the zig-zag stitch helped a bit. I did quite a bit of pinning too, to keep the binding in place and prevent it from slipping around so much.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 11:32:14 AM »

is there anyway to do this without the binding, just with some satin? or will it end up taking way too much time?
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2006 01:04:54 PM »

is there anyway to do this without the binding, just with some satin? or will it end up taking way too much time?

Because the binding is not going around "round" corners, you could just use ordinary satin.  You would just cut a long length (join if you have do) with a width of approx. 4 times the final width you require.  Eg. say you wanted a 1 inch binding, you would cut the strip 4 inches wide.  Then to make the binding, just fold and press the strip in half lengthwise.  Open the fold you just made, then fold the raw edges on each side to the centre crease.  Refold the centre crease and voila, binding!! 
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2006 07:40:57 PM »

Do you think it would be better to cut satin strips on the bias, or are you saying that since you're not using rounded corners, straight cuts of satin would work?
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2006 07:55:06 PM »

Do you think it would be better to cut satin strips on the bias, or are you saying that since you're not using rounded corners, straight cuts of satin would work?

Whoops!!  I didn't clarify myself - must be the vodka - hehe. 

It would be fine just to cut the strips on the straight since the strip doesn't need to go round corners.

Sorry for any confusion and upheavel this may have caused  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2006 02:51:16 PM »

Thanks for posting this!  I really love how your blanket turned out. 

I've been wanting to learn how to make a blanket with satin edging, and this looks like a good intro.  I'm expecting my first baby in October, and I found the cutest fabric today.  I'll have to let you know how mine turns out!   Smiley
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