Cute blanket, but even better, do you know what’s hiding on the other side?!?! – check it out!:
I’ve been wanting to make a Faux Chenille Blanket forever, so with a baby shower coming up I just went for it. I used the tutorial I first saw, over at MADE. Follow the link for the full how-to, but basically the blanket is several layers of flannel, all sewn together diagonal (er, on the bias, for you sewing professionals) and then the underside cut up all the sewn channels.
After hearing horror stories of how long and hard these are to make (Kimbo rants about it here), I’m here to say I cranked this out (except for the binding) in one evening – seriously! Some tips from me:
–invest in the cutting tool (Living With Punks talks about it) – I can’t imagine cutting this thing, down every channel, with scissors. The cutting tool was a breeze – like pulling a zipper up a jacket – a little resistance, and takes a second to get started, then it just whizzes right to the top. I cut the whole blanket in 20 minutes.
–don’t make it too big – Kate made one, and hers was 1 1/4 yards square – she said it was too big. So I took her advice and started with 1 yard, then cut off a little to make it square. The size seemed perfect.
–Preload bobbins – nothing’s more annoying than stopping to wind a bobbin when you’re on a roll – this will take about 3 bobbins, so go ahead and get those ready.
–Where you cut on the back, you can see through to the backside of the front piece of fabric – does that make sense?? So I layered mine with the top one and one piece of fabric behind it (it’s red) that I didn’t cut, so the red shows through instead of the back of the dot fabric.
–I shouldn’t have put the green and blue together – they kind of blend in to each other – I should have separated them with the orange – oh well.
–I didn’t want the diagonal lines to go through the name, so I hand-sewed that patch on after I sewed and cut all the channels – I think that worked well:
–Your lines don’t have to be perfectly straight – who’s looking that close anyways! Here’s a shot to show my wiggly lines, but the lines are super hard to see, so just use your imagination:
Here are the channels after I cut them but before I stuck in through the wash to fluff it up:
Once again, a shot of the back – - I loved holding this blanket!! I will be making more for sure!!
Put this on your to-do list – you can do it!!