How about sewing a patchwork blanket? I have some scraps left over from the bibs I have made which are the perfect size for a patchwork project.
This blanket will be made with a sewing machine, not the time consuming hand stitching that
I did in college.
Click on this link for the result of months of hand stitching....2nd pic down!
How to make a machine stitched patchwork blanket
First of all gather your scraps of fabric that you think will work well together.
I have a couple of tools that I found very helpful, a rotary cutter and a square template for patchwork!
|Cut out 30 squares (mine measured 6 inches) using either these tools or a ruler, marker and scissors|
|Lay your squares out and plan your design, this may take a while. I recommend taking a picture of the design so that there are no mistakes in the layout once sewing commences|
|Right sides together put a couple of pins along the edge to join 2 squares|
|Pin a row of 5 squares together|
|Sew squares together on one side, top to bottom reinforcing by using a back stitch at the top and bottom|
|Sew a row of 5 squares, then sew another row of 5 squares until you have 6 separate rows|
|Turn the rows over and press seams open|
|Place one row on top of another row, right sides together, matching seams, now is a good idea to look at the picture you took of your design|
|Pin rows together|
|Sew rows together making sure seams match. I usually back stitch a couple of stitches to reinforce the seam|
|When all rows are sewn together turn over and press the seams open|
|It should look like this on the back|
|It should look like this on the front|
|After pressing the patchwork place it right sides together on your backing material. I used white flannel cut a little bigger than my quilt|
|Make sure there are no wrinkles in your fabrics, smooth together (don't pull or stretch) and pin around the edges leaving a 6 inch opening to turn the quilt right side out after sewing|
|Sew your fabrics together with the same seam allowance used for sewing the squares together. Don't forget to leave that 6 inch opening|
|Trim edges a little, I used pinking shears to prevent further fraying|
|Cut corners of excess bulk|
|Don't cut too close to the stitches|
|Give the blanket a good shake to get rid of loose threads and make sure long threads are trimmed. Turn right sides out through the 6 inch gap|
|Gently ease corners out from inside the blanket with a chopstick or a knitting needle|
|Give the blanket a really good press. Make sure you press the seam allowance under at the gap|
|I sewed 2 rows of top stitch to close the 6 inch hole and to give extra strength|
Drum roll please.......the end product
|The finished blanket |
Check out the shop for other blankets....this one sold!
The blanket turned out great! I am more than pleased with it. It's a lovely light weight blanket not too big or bulky for travel and is great for strollers, car seats, and afternoon naps. The finished dimensions are 27" x 32.5".