Monday, January 14, 2013

Braelynn's minky blanket - DONE!

Talk about a love/hate relationship.
I finally finished this little headache - and now - I am in love with it.

Sewing this blanket was kind of like having a baby.
While experiencing  labor pains, you swear you will NEVER do this again.
As soon as you set eyes on that sweet new baby, you forget the pain he or she put you through and all you see is cute and cuddly.

One of my first concerns was trying to applique onto this stretchy, soft, bumpy fabric.
THAT was the easy part!

The applique came out perfect.

I will take blame for some of the issues I had with this fabric.
My first mistake was thinking I would do this quick self binding technique I saw on U-tube.
HUGE mistake!
No matter how I tried, this technique just wasn't made to work with minky fabric.
Needless to new best friend (sorry Deb) became my seam ripper.
I ended up cutting a separate border for the bottom, sewed right sides together, turned it right side out and top stitched.
Sounds easy doesn't it?
I had a heck of a time trying to square up the minky fabric to stitch onto the flannel back.
A gazillion pins later, I was ready to sew the minky to the flannel back.
I changed my regular machine foot to a walking foot and carefully sewed over every pin.
You heard that right...I sewed OVER every pin!
I wasn't about to remove even one single pin and take the chance that minky would go wonky and I would have to start all over again.

To my surprise, when it was finished, it folded perfectly square!

How 'bout that.

After all that labor...

I see only cute and cuddly.
Thanks to everyone for your sweet and encouraging comments that kept me going.  
Have a happy Monday!
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Diane said...

And it was a labour of love! It turned out just beautifully, I knew you could do the happy dance now!! Hugs, Diane

Terri said...

Adorable...persistence paid off and it turned out perfectly. She is going to love it!

Sandy said...

OMG it turned out soooo cute! I felt the way you did when I made my first T-shirt quilt - never again. But of course I am now making another one!

Debbie said...

We all know 'wonky'and it is to be avoided at all costs! Replaced by a seam ripper...WOW.
I absolutely LOVE this 'banky' and am so proud of you figuring it out (aka: sticking with it) ;)

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

It turned out great!

pbrenner said...

That looks SO beautiful! Your patience was well rewarded!

Did you use a topper when you did the applique? I don't know if that's the right word - some kind of removable stabilizer that goes on top of the fabric when it's being embroidered - I've seen an 'iron away' kind used on terry cloth. I'm asking because I want to applique a monogram on a minkee neck scarf


Nikkala said...

Looks great! I love the name!


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