Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Handmade Chenille Blanket

The minute I saw this tutorial over at MADE, I knew I wanted to make one of these!

and then.... hooray! My little sister called requesting a baby shower gift.

If you're going to make one of these, I have to reiterate what Dana says.
Be ready for a tedious amount of stitching and cutting. This was truly a gift of love to make for this new baby. It was FUN- don't get me wrong- but it was a LOT of work. I worked for at least 6.5 hours on this blanket. I don't think I would sell one for less than $100 bucks.
No... I didn't charge my little sister any where near that amount... she's family- she only pays for materials!

I just love how it turned out, though. I'm really proud of it and I'm already anxious to make another one... for Sophie.
You don't know how much I wish I had a sweet, soft, chubby baby to model my blanket.

or how excited I was when it came out of the wash!

This is after just one run thru the washer and dryer.

It did wrinkle up a bit, so I pressed it a little after it came out of the dryer.

I made my own binding for the blanket- that took a while, but I just love it.
I love the fabrics!!! I saw them at Hobby Lobby and just thought they were perfect for this new baby.

The lines on the argyle also really helped with the stitching.
I just used gray thread in the top and aqua in the bobbin.
I actually used my side winder for this project (I never use that thing)
but this project took 3 full bobbins.

Okay... here's a few tips I would suggest if you're gonna make one.

1. choose a fabric with lines- very helpful
2. use your walking foot if you have one- that worked really good to guide the layers of fabric thru the machine
3. Use chenille cutting scissors on the cutting part-
I've had some for a while.... I bought them accidentally when I first started machine embroidery thinking they were applique scissors. ha!

I got these at Hobby Lobby.

4. Make your own binding. It's so fun and looks so great. I love this coordinating fabric against the argyle!
5. fill up a few bobbins so that you don't have to do it in the middle of your project
6. cut your blanket a little larger than you want it to end up.
I lost a couple of inches on each side from shifting.

I used three layers of flannel on this blanket, but I'm ready to experiment with cottons and more layers.

well... not today, but another day.
Today, I'm going to try out my new ruffler! A gift I bought myself with money from my birthday. Thank you Nannie and Grandad!


Janay said...

Very cute! Haven't tried the chenille effect yet. Primarily because of the time factor you mention! That's the way I feel about rag quilts (before getting my AccuQuilt GO!). I made several at a girls retreat and then by the time I was done snipping them all (HOURS) I thought, "no one is going to pay what they are worth to me!" That was four years ago and I still have half of them to sell. Definitely a labor of love. :)

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

I have that tutorial from MADE bookmarked - yours turned out great!

jellaan said...

I LOVE the blanket! One of these days I'll give the tutorial a try!!

How big is the blanket?

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd come check yours out since you commented on my blanket. I absolutely LOVE the argyle and paisley combination. So cute!

BConky said...

Adorable. If the link to the ruffler foot is actually what you bought I think it's wrong. It is for a 7mm machine and yours is 5mm.

dana said...

cute! I love how boyish that you made it.

Lindsey Ramage said...

Cole it's awesome, now to get my mother in law to make one, I know she will be inspired when she sees how cute yours turned out!