Sunday, January 6, 2013
First 2013 project
Baby sewing! I've given these away several times, and they've always been a hit--extra large receiving blankets. They're fast, easy, and best of all--cheap! Most commercial blankets are just too small, and like most baby items, they're kinda expensive. I usually give away four at a time, which ends up costing about $20 which isn't expensive for a baby present. (I had major sticker shock when I went shopping for baby presents before Grace came along!) Joanna asked for several for Nikki, and since that was what people were going to see of her, I made them all in pretty, girly colors like pink, purple, and turquoise. Which just won't do for Baby Alex. So I went shopping for fabric with Nicole and Grace online.
Fabric.com carries double-napped flannel. My mom, who remembers the era before disposable diapers existed, calls it "diaper flannel." Fleece or minky would also work for this if it's for a winter baby, but Alex is due in April, so flannel is just right! One yard cuts make excellent receiving blankets.
I try and cut off as little as possible so the result is a fairly big blanket.
Set the serger to rolled hem or picot edge. You can do this with a rolled hem foot on your sewing machine, too.
Serge. My serger and I used to have an agreement--I wouldn't attempt to serge curves, and it would live to sew another day. I've gotten over the learning curve a bit now, and here's some tips for doing curves:
1) turn off your cutting blade. Trust me. then if you screw up, you don't have a huge hole in your fabric.
2) take it slow
I drew register lines with a pencil on my fabric and marked out "I love you" and then hand embroidered it. I decided that it would be less scratchy than a label, and it's a personal touch to them.
The lines washed out nicely, and if they were going to a baby shower, I'd probably iron 'em. But they're not. They're going in a drawer in the baby's room and I'm lazy. So they're folded nicely and in a box for the trip home.
And it's true. I already love the little guy, and I haven't met him yet. His sisters are great kiddos... even Miss Imp. Can't wait to meet you little one. See you in April.