Saturday, January 25, 2014

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket for MY Baby

Since I made this baby blanket for my nephew 2 years ago, I have always known that I would make one for my own baby when he was on the way. Shortly after finding out he is a boy, I headed out and got the fabric to get started! I followed this tutorial, which is similar to the first blanket I made.  

I got a ton of fabric for lots of baby sewing projects! The top right is the fabric for this blanket. We are doing grey in Little Man's room and I picked coordinating flannel colors to go along with it and the colors of his room.

This blanket is pretty simple to make, just very time consuming! It was perfect to do this over the end of my winter break, especially because we had two "cold days" with no school when the windchill was -38! I am pretty stubborn though and once I get started, I can't rest until I am done! So I got the whole thing done in about a week. (Sorry most of these are lousy iPhone pics at night.)

Laying out the pieces of fabric on top of each other. 

The next step involves sewing lines for ever and ever Amen. You would think this would be easy since the fabric had lines on it. But, I am not so great at sewing straight lines. And by "not so great" I mean "Holy cow, was she drunk when she did this?"

The next step is cutting inbetween the sewn lines for the rest of your life. After the first 5 lines, my thumb was completely numb and I had a bruise. I decided I could only do 5 at a time. About halfway though, I bought a new pair of sewing scissors with "comfort grip"  handles and that helped out a WHOLE TON. I was able to finish the rest in a day and a half. 

All the cut lines!

Next, you cut the edges to make them nice and even. When you sew the lines across the blanket (even though you start in the middle) it can get a little wonky.

I followed the tutorial to make rounded edges. I apparently didn't take any pictures of the binding, but that was NOT a blast. I followed the tutorial on this post and it was a bit crazy to try to cut the binding, then iron it double folded, and then pin it on! Also, I was having a bit of trouble with the back thread getting tangled until a friend told me to try changing the needle. The needle looked fine to me, but changing it really helped!

The finished product!

I am so excited about having this blanket for our little guy to play on the floor or cuddle up with on the couch. He is going to be here before we know it and I can't wait to meet him!