Now here's a little baby blanket! The main fabric was $1.00 m. and the flannel on the back was $4.00 m. plus the cost of Hobb's batting. The whole project was really inexpensive! Oh yes, the border was $3.00, and there's enough scraps to make a few patchwork potholders or mug rugs.... or what-have-you!
I quilted using squiggly lines, as I haven't had the opportunity to practice free motion quilting much, but I do like this look.
This would be a great project for a novice! I would like to make a few more myself. There are craft sales coming up in the fall, so these blankets would be ideal. They would make a nice, useful baby gift as well!
Here's a few directions! If you need any help, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'd be more than happy to help.
Supplies & Directions for a 35" x 35" Blanket
1 m. of cotton
1 m. of flannel
.4 m for the 3" binding or you could sew scraps together from fabric you already have.
1 m. of Hobbs batting (don't trim) They usually give you an inch or more extra.
Temporary adhesive spray
- press the cotton fabric, placing it face down..
- spray the back of the fabric with the adhesive spray.
- Add the Hobbs batting, making it approximately 1" larger than the cotton fabric.
- Spray the adhesive lightly on the batting.
- Add the back piece of flannel right side up, sandwiching the batting between the two pieces.
- Quilt whatever pattern you want. (I usually start down the center).
- Square the fabric.
- Zigzag around the outside edge of the blanket.
- Cut out the binding pieces. ( There are excellent binding tutorials listed on YouTube by Craftsy Gemini as well as others).
The binding is really non-life threatening! I'm able to do a better job after a few blankets...it takes practice! Infact I'll let you in on a little secret...I really enjoy hand sewing the binding on now. I find it so relaxing! If I can do it you can too! Happy sewing!