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Heirloom Cut Chenille Baby Blanket

Heirloom Cut Chenille Baby Blanket
I first saw a blanket like this at a baby shower for a friend's first baby boy. Our mutual friend, Joyce, gifted it and I was so amazed she had made it! I hadn't seen anything like it and thought it had such a beautiful vintage feel. As I was composing my nesting list I thought about including a cut chenille blanket like this. It seems like something that would be a treasured heirloom. I was lucky enough to run into Joyce a couple months ago and ask her a few questions about the blanket and then I dove in. I chose Amy Butler's home decor fabric, August Fields, in Tangerine/Wild Poppies. The blanket is 45"x45", a generous size for using as a play mat and transitioning to a nap or lap blanket when she is older. I couldn't find a tutorial online for a blanket like this so I've created one here (click below to jump). Link to the Tutorial below by clicking on "Read More." If you make one of these cut chenille blankets I would love to see photos! Then the real fun begins: the quilting! Related:  quiltingSewing

DIY Roman Shades It always feels great when you have your mind set on how you want something to look and then it all comes together. This is exactly what has happened with my entry way/porch area. I knew I wanted to put stripes on the wall but it was a matter of finally getting around to it. Once that was done and the porch was all cleared out I knew I had to make it something that was worth having. That’s when I ordered my desk and watched the space slowly turn into what I had envisioned. I had my cream and tan stripes, I had my white lacquered desk, now it was time for some color. Waverly Chippendale Fretw Quartz Premier Prints Gotcha White/Candy Pink Waverly Cross Section Raspberry I knew I wanted a geometric pattern so that almost immediately eliminated the second fabric (Waverly Chippendale) and I wasn’t too sure about that first print because of the whole papaya part. Fabric, Measuring Tape, Scissors, Fabric Glue, Mini Blinds. 1. 2. Should look like this when it’s all done. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

★ HOW TO Make PURSES | WALLETS | POUCHES | CASES ★ There are many fabrics out there which can make for a confusing choice, however if you're a beginner I would definitely recommend cotton or linen first. Nothing too thin or flimsy, unless you are doing to add interfacing to stiffen it, or batting to bulk it up. Quilt weight cotton is most common. Home décor and upholstery fabrics are often used too as they're quite sturdy and durable. - For linings, a thinner material than the outside is used and it is often smooth and slippery such as polyester or nylon. - There are various fastenings and closures you can use for purses, with the most common being zippers, button flaps, velcro and magnetic snaps. - Interfacing (also called interlining or stabilizer) is used to firm up the walls of your purses, making them stiffer without completely losing flexibility. There are different 'weights' of interfacing (lightweight to extra heavyweight), and the heavier the 'weight', the stiffer the resulting fabric will be.

How to make your own dress form When starting on the wonderful and exciting journey of making your own clothes or altering old ones there is one thing you will definitely need to make your job easier...that is a dress form. There are many tutorials on the web but the best one I found is the one I am going to share with you. The source is but the tutorial is in German so I am going to make a short presentation in English, although the pictures speak pretty much for themselves. Here is what you will need: pillow filling for stuffing out your formscissorsmetal base2-3 rolls of tapecardboardan old hip-length T-shirtfoil (for the neck) take on the T-shirt and wrap your neck in foil to protect it then take the following steps one by one in wrapping the tape. and the end result is pretty good! Now you have your dress form and can start working on your most exciting sewing projects!

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket – TUTORIAL Creating a faux chenille blanket tutorials wasn’t really on my to-do list. But then so many of you asked for it…how could I not?? I’ve been sewing these for about 5 years and have shared the directions (cryptically) with a few friends through email over the years. So I’m glad that it’s all written down in a step-by-step process now. For a while, faux chenille blankets were my go-to gift for a baby shower. Layers of cotton fabrics are sewn into rows and rows of diagonal lines and then cut and washed to create a faux chenille look. These blankets are great for snuggling and also work as a playmat, while baby rolls around with toys. I first shared Lucy’s baby blanket with you, that I sewed 4 years ago. And though I didn’t have a baby in mind when making this new blanket, I went for a rainbow of colors and love the happy, cheery vibe. I must point out that like most quilting, this blanket takes a while to make. Ready to jump in?? Ready, set, break!

Handmade Baby Boy Shower Gifts Spring is just around the corner! Its time to start thinking about handmade baby shower gift ideas so you can stock up before the “Baby Shower Rush” starts! Here are some awesome handmade baby boy shower gifts. Janice has a Q: “I have a baby shower to attend for a new mom who will be having a boy – of course my specialty is little girls in the crafting area. Answers taken from this thread on the Craftaholics Anonymous® Facebook Page. 1. 2. 3. Click here for Reversible Bib Pattern. 4. 5. 6. image from Diana’s Diaper Cakes 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. image from Thistlewood Farms 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Click here for an Easy Burp Cloth Tutorial. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. image from Baby Globe Frogger 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Click here for Laminate bib tutorial. 34. 35. 36. 37. Lots of fantastic handmade baby shower gift ideas! What handmade gifts do you make for Baby Showers? New here?

I'm actually getting it done... I'm following Vicki's lead and quilting for an hour first thing in the morning. I have been making a lot of progress on my Scrappy String and I'm enjoying it immensely. If I keep up at this pace, this quilt will be done in no time. Since I've decided to make it a tall, narrow wall-hanging I think it will be easy for me to quilt too. In this bottom photo it's possible to see at what stage I'm working. I'm planning on using a black/white polka dot for binding and no borders. Take care,

Picture 231 « Recycle Tutorial: Braided Rag Rug | My mum threw me 2 bundles of old bed sheets she found during spring cleaning. She knows that I love to recycle and able to make something good out from them. In support of the Earth Hour campaign, I am going to spend the whole March making recycle handmade and will switch off my lights for 1 hour on March 27, 8:30pm. Hope you will do so too The first idea that came across my mind was rag rug, yes, with all this rotten bed sheets I can make lots of rag rugs. I stumbled upon some rag rug tutorials before, and this one really caught my attention, Moda Bake Shop’s braided rag rug. I love the touch of this braided rag rug….. it is rough!!! Let’s go and see how I make this 22″ x 16″ oval shape braided rag rug {Get full details on next page.} Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners

Princess Seamed Bodice Pattern Generator Fill in the blanks and follow the directions to create your own waist-length princess seamed bodice! I have done something amazing! I have used Excel to create a princess seamed bodice pattern generator, and I'm letting anyone and everyone use it! You won't be able to change anything but the purple cells (to keep mean people from stealing it), but those are the only ones you need to be able to mess with. All you do is take your measurements, put them in the appropriate purple block, and follow the directions. Make sure you read the notes at the bottom first. This is not the last version I'm going to make. The software I used was Microsoft Office Excel 2007.

lil Mop Top: Cozy Flannel Blanket - Tutorial! This blanket is my most FAVORITE item I have made so far! I made it for John's for his second birthday and I hope he loves using it! My best friend and college roommate had this fabulous flannel comfy blanket that her mom made her. She had told me how it is made and I kept it in the back of my mind as a possible project...and that was almost 10 years ago! She told me that her mom makes one for one family member each Christmas and everyone holds their breath hoping they were the 'chosen one' that year. Want to make one as a special gift? 1. 2. 3. 4. If you look really carefully, you can see where I sewed my lines in this picture... 5. 6. 7. Front: Back: I forgot to do this, but I had thought of appliqueing John's name on the blanket before I started sewing the layers together. Like I said, I LOVE how this turned out! I think he liked it!... If you make one, I would love to see pictures!