Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ribbon Blanket

As promised, here is the easy tutorial that makes a great shower (baby, that is) gift. It is also quick and easy to do. A great little scrap-buster.

Here is what you will need:
18 - 4"x4" assorted pieces of material (quilting cotton or flannel)
12 - 5" assorted pieces of ribbon (be sure it isn't anything that can shred
easily, like velvet ribbon, as I discovered...see the pink stuff? Avoid
10"x10" piece of cotton batting (not necessary if you are using flannel)

First you will want to lay out your 18 pieces of material in two sets of 9-squares.

Once you have your desired layout, sew your squares together one row at a time.

Iron down your seams.

Sew your three rows together. Iron down your seams.

You should now have two 9-squares.

Grab a piece of ribbon, fold it in half and line up the edges of the ribbon with the edge of your material. Make sure the folded part is lying on the inside of the 9-square, not the outside. Pin in place.

Pin the rest of the ribbons around the edge of the 9-square.

Sew each ribbon in place, using a scant 1/4" seam. Backstitch over each. This will help to reinforce the ribbon.

If you have some adhesive spray (for sewing!), spray your batting on one side and lay on top of the wrong side of one of your other 9-square. If you don't have adhesive, then baste the batting onto one of the squares.

Lay your two 9-squares one on top of the other, right sides facing. Pin together, if you like.

Sew a 1/4" seam around all edges, leaving one a 4" opening.

Trim your corners and turn right side out through your opening. Use a chopstick or pen cap to push your corners out.

Pin your opening closed.

Topstich around the entire square.

Sew in the ditch around the squares, or diagonally through them.

You're done!

How quick and easy was that? And you can really play with colour and textures making this for a little one.

That's all for now!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Remember a couple of months back when I wrote this post about a great pattern for a lap quilt? And how I said I would post pics once it was all done up? Okay, so I just finished it a couple of weeks ago, and only just got around to taking pics.
But the great part is that now you get to see a bit of the fabric that I got for it. As many of you know, it's pretty hard to get fabrics to make a boy-friendly quilt, unless it has comic book dudes or firetrucks and policemen on it, right? Okay, so here are the pics for you to enjoy.

And, I have a new tutorial I'm just putting together for you all, and should be up soon - it's a great shower gift and a wonderful way to get rid of scrap materials and notions:)
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