Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Thursday, May 5

Miss Carole's Crocheted Baby Blankets

I know you have been wanting to know how to prepare the fabric before crocheting an edging on a baby blanket!

Meet Carole. 
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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Sewbusymor said...

Thanks Jeannie...have to pass this on to my favorite crochet lady...she has spent time adding entredeux to edges!! LOVELY look, but time intensive...this sounds so easy. Just need hook size and thread used!! Thanks again!! HUGS> Karin

seamsgreat said...

Can't wait for the next post. I just bought an antique HemStitcher and am anxious to try it out. ~janet

Julia said...

Thanks for the post. My mother and aunt used to make these blankets all the time. They gave several to my girls when they were little.

thimblegirl said...

Thanks for the tutorial--I LOVE giving little blankets as baby gifts and new moms can't have too many!

Jean said...

I was given one of these at my baby shower and it's still my younger daughter's special blanket. :)

Becky said...

Genius - punching those holes with a wing needle. I'll be doing that for sure. I just made a plisse baby blanket, blue with just a white embroidered border. It's not too late for a crochet trim. Thanks to Carole for the instructions.

Sandra Bryan said...

Thank you so much for the information on how to make the blanket. I have bought the supplies and was going to make one and here it is in your tutorial. Perfect timing. Thank you for sharing your skill Miss Carole. I am going to make a white blanket with white crochet edging for a little baby boy. Perfect gift. I also just love that little flower . Thank you Thank you.

Debbi said...

Thank you so much - I have been wondering how your get clean holes in the fabric with even spacing and now I know. What stitch length does Carole use?

Jeannie B. said...

Debbi, Sorry I left that out!! I went back and put it in. The stitch length is 2.5 or 3.

Debbi said...

Thanks, Jeannie!

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