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