Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blanket Blues

Have you ever started a project that you thought would be easy and quick, only to find yourself months down the road, still staring at the unfinished work you've done? Well, that was me with this blanket.

I started this blanket for my friend Aimee who had a baby in June. Yes, you read that right. June. Of last year. It seemed like such an easy thing to do. Cut a square and sew the edges. It's four straight lines right? But I underestimated how hard it is to sew on Minky fabric. The first time I made it, the Minky stretched all over the place and the blanket was so crooked when I was done with it that I just gave up. (How's that for perseverance?) I figured I would take on some projects that were a little easier for me and then go back to it when I wasn't so frustrated.

Well, apparently it takes me 7 months to get over being frustrated and get back to work. Knowing that we were going to see Aimee and her family next week helped give me a little push too. I cut the whole thing out again and pinned it every 2 inches so that it wouldn't move around as much. It did seem a lot easier this time and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's certainly not perfect, but I'm pretty sure baby Ellie won't care. It's soft and cuddly and I think it's so fun to be able to bring a gift to someone that you made for them.



So here's my question. Anybody have any tips for sewing with Minky fabric? How do you keep it from shifting and stretching while you're sewing it? I'd like to use it more (in fact I have another baby blanket all cut out from last summer that I want to sew now!) but I would love some advice from someone who has experience using it. Thanks in advance to anybody who has tips!

Gina

5 comments:

  1. I love minky and this is such a sweet blanket! The fabric can be a pain I just fill the sucker full of pins before I sew it up.

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  2. What the heck it minky? Is it the green side or the printed side?

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  3. Rachael it's the green side. It's soft...like mink...I think that's why it's called Minky. =) You crack me up...

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  4. I wonder if it would work to use a spray adhesive. I just bought some to attach fabric to a stabilizer before monogramming...so I assume it's baby safe once washed...

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  5. Hartley- I was thinking something like that might work. I've never tried it before but it's worth a try. Thanks for the idea! Also do you have embroidery machine? I would love to have one...you can do such cute stuff! I just bought some things to learn hand embroidery and I'm really excited to try it out.

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