Hemstitched edge

Example of crocheted edge

Monday, May 27, 2019

How do I Put Together a Blanket?

Each blanket I make is one of a kind. As I look at the choices of flannel available to me, initially I look for fabrics that appeal to me, but since I don't know exactly what patterns my customers would choose, I try to have a variety of styles. The fun part, and sometimes the difficult part, is finding just the right complementary fabric for the back of the blanket. Sometimes, the line of fabric has some choices made to match, but most often it requires hunting. I tend to be picky, wanting just the right shade, and just the right amount and kind of pattern. Occasionally, it will take me many trips to the fabric store to find the right match.

At home I iron the fabric and put the two layers together, as I outline on the Hemstitching page of my website, www.hemstitchingforyou.com. If one of the fabrics has a plaid, or otherwise obvious line to it I do my best to make that straight. Sometimes that requires enlisting my husband to help me pull the fabric to help make it straight. I always round the corners as this makes it easier to crochet, giving you a continuous line for whatever crochet pattern you choose.  I often make burps cloths to go with the blanket, and sometimes I have enough fabric to make a bib as well.  After hemstitching the edges, I take a picture and put the blanket on my website. I hope you will find one that suits you just right!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Use ready made receiving blankets

I bought a package of 4 receiving blankets from Carters and made 2 30" X 40" blankets.  This is a nice size for new babies.  This worked well and adds more optiions for you to consider.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Great idea for Burp Cloths!

Buy burp cloths made by Gerber - they're made like a cloth diaper so are double in the middle - have them hemstitched around, crochet an edge and have a lovely, very practical burp cloth!  You can order one on my website and tell me whether you would like it hemstitched all the way around or just on the ends.  You can also buy them at Walmart or online and send them to me to be hemstitched.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blanket for your favorite team!

Use fabric of your favorite sports team - for your little ones or for yourself!  Keeps you warm and cozy.  This blanket used flannel on one side and regular cotton fabric on the other side.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Luscious Pluscious yarn edging

I tried a new yarn to edge my latest baby blanket for my neice - Cascade Pluscious yarn.  It is so soft and has a chenille feel and look to it.  It's easy to use and works up quickly. Just single crochet in each hole, or every other hole, or whatever you feel looks good.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crocheted edges on some beautiful blankets sent to me from Alabama.  Some are out of Swiss flannel and others cotton.  I even put an edge on the popular gauze material mothers often use.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Minky and Beatrix Potter

It's been a fun summer and fall with my hemstitching.  I've had a couple of people bring me minky to hemstitch for baby blankets.  My machine managed to sew on this fabric.  Quite a feat for my 85 year old machine!  I also had someone from Alabama send me lovely Beatrix Potter fabric to make into a bably blanket.