Do you get in the mood for some hand sewing in the winter when it’s cold outside? Maybe even with snow on the ground? (If so, I’m a little envious!) You can sit by your window and see the beauty outside while cozily perched in your warm home, adding some hand-sewn elements to your projects. Motivated now? Me, too!
I purchased a pre-cut block of peachy-pink fleece (from Wal-Mart) and a skein of thick velour-type of yarn. The fabric piece was so large, I had to shorten it by cutting off a strip, then I cut it right down the middle into two pieces for babyblankets. The yarn has tones of pinks, purples, and oranges. Blends so nice with the peachy-pink fleece. Makes me wish I had a baby girl again…almost.
If you have some fleece large enough for a baby blanket, simply finish the edges by rolling under twice and giving it a stitch about a half an inch from the edge. For a reverse blanket stitch, which is preferred here so it’ll hide your stitch line, begin in a corner. With “turned and stitched” side up, pull yarn through from under side at the machine stitch line, loop over the edge, and bring the yarn through the same spot again from the under side. (Leave beginning end piece to tie off with ending yarn piece. See the tail?)
Insert needle along edge about 3/4″ from first stitch (coming from under side again), holding yarn to the outside of the needle, as shown.
Pull yarn through, but not tight.
Oh, and I wanted to show you the reverse side of the blanket. Love those colors, don’t you?
Keep working, and you’ll be finished before you know it. I completed hand stitching both of my blankets while watching a movie. Then I decided to make a scarf out of that strip I cut off the end of my block of fleece. Perfect length, warm and soft!
In my header photo, I show a Pom-Pom Baby Pillow, so hop on over to see how I did that, and you’ll have a pillow to match your new blanket. I’d love to hear about yours, so please leave me a comment, y’all.