I know you have been wanting to know how to prepare the fabric before crocheting an edging on a baby blanket!
Queen of Crocheted Baby Blankets!
She is going to show you how she prepares her flannel before she crochets it.
And she will show you a simple edging.
This is not a Crochet Lesson though! Sorry!!
Wash flannel and dry in your dryer.
1. Tear fabric to get a straight edge. Do this to all four sides. A generous "Carole Size" blanket is 45"X 45". For a new born swaddling blanket - cut to measure 36"X36".
* You will need 1 1/4 yards of Flannel or for you can use plisse or Seersucker.
2. Round all the corners of the blanket with a pretty tea saucer or salad plate that measures about 6" to 8". Carole used an 8" salad plate here. Place the plate in the corner of the blanket to create your curve. 8" plate makes a gentle curve.
Mark, using a wash away fabric marker and cut out the rounded corners.
It is important to trim off the selvages and any fuzzy or ravely edges.
Go to your Sewing Machine - but take the thread out of the machine!
Set your stitch length between 2.5 to 3 depending on the thread size (and I think if you crochet loosely). Stitch a trial to see which works best for you.
3. Carole used the sewing machine to help her punch holes into the fabric so she can easily insert her Crochet Hook in to the fabric and the even spacing has been done for her.
Line up the cut edge of the blanket about 3/8" away from the needle. Stitch (remember - without thread) all the way around the blanket.
She uses an OLD dull wing needle , saved just for this purpose. Stitch carefully around the blanket and don't stretch the blanket.
Next: She is will crochet.
Oh look!! It's Tea Time.
We'll finish next post!! See you then.
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