The Best Blanket You Will Ever Make

Once you stitch up one of these blankets, you will be making many of them. A serger is the perfect piece of equipment to make short work of this project. If you don’t have a serger, don’t worry. You can easily use your decorative embroidery stitches instead.

A couple of months ago, I posted a piece on fleece embroidery, EMB 101: Embroidering on Fleece. If you have never used a two-layered fleece blanket, you don’t know what you are missing.

 

Several years ago, my sister made me a hand-tied fleece blanket like this gorgeous one created by Craftsy member Anna Douglas. I thought, “That’s nice,” until I used it. Then it was, “Wow, that’s NICE.”

 

After my husband bought me a serger, I started using it to secure the edges of fleece blankets. It trims and stitches simultaneously, created a clean finish and added nearly a whole foot more in actual blanket width and length that was lost to the ties.

Start with quality fleece, particularly a non-pill variety. It will wear much better and look newer longer. You will need two pieces the same length. I use a print and coordinating solid.

Buy when fleece is on sale and have the yardage cut to the exact sizes you need, even if they are from the same color bolt. That will eliminate having to wrestle large pieces and cut them to size when you get home.

For adults, I use two to three yards per side, depending on how tall the recipient is and whether it will be used on a bed or as a couch throw. Children may do just fine with one yard.

 

The dining room table works well as a pinning surface. Spread out both layers and line up edges, wrong sides together. Curved safety pins work the best for basting layers together. Pin along the edges. If selvages are overly wide, I sometimes trim some of the excess away before serging.

Serge around the outside edges, remove the pins, and you have a beautifully finished blanket. If you do not have a serger, consider using some of the decorative stitches on your embroidery machine.

 

Blanket stitch, applique stitch, and E-stitch are good choices, but most of the others will also work very well. Fleece does not fray, so you can stitch along the blanket edges and then trim away excess fleece close to the stitch line.

You can always add embroidery to the blanket to personalize it. I have to warn you, as Pat would say (I think Pat said this), "They are like potato chips; you can’t make just one!"

Debbie SewBlest

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LOL, If I did not say it, I still agree!

"They are like potato chips; you can’t make just one!"

This is really a nice idea, and it is simple and quick.  If I know anything, I do know that time is a big problem for many of us.

May you be blessed in ways you have not yet imagined.  

Pat

Pat, I think we have five of these in our home. They make a wonderful, last-minute gift.

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What’s with Lower Case Monograms?

What’s with Lower Case Monograms?

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:

You see it everywhere today – lower case monograms catch your eye and make you wonder if it really is a monogram. I think its popularity stems from texting. Many young people will tell you uppercase letters are a waste of time. What’s the point of engaging two fingers to type a letter when the same letter can be easily produced with one finger?

But upper case sends a message in monograms. When placed with lower case letters, the upper case letter is dominate and depicts the first initial of a surname. When lower case letters are in a string, they spell something, intentional or not. It’s acceptable and actually quite fun to mix upper and lower case. The mix can add balance and interest to a standard monogram.

Let’s take a look at a couple of monograms I created for my 22 year-old son. First I experimented with a traditional 3-letter monogram in caps.

 

 

I played with the positioning of the flanked letters.

 

 

Then I changed the first and middle initials to lower case.

 

 

And again changed the positioning.

 

 

After reviewing these options, I wasn’t quite sold so I changed to all lower case.

Mod3

 

 

I like that one the least. Probably because his first name is a vowel, like mine, and whenever I see a monogram with a vowel as the first letter, I make up a word. My childhood monogram was EW followed by ER. Ugh, I never liked either one. But maybe that doesn’t bother you.

Anyway, back to my son’s monogram. I settled on a stacked monogram: first initial stacked over the middle initial and standing guard next to the upper case R with a polka dot in the center. He likes it (which, let me tell you, is huge!)

Monogram font is Newsprint found in
Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home

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Thanks for reading!

Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.

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