I’m not sure this really counts as a Zero Cost Challenge project because I started this ages ago but….
I’ll include it anyway because I’m just completing it now. I began this when A was still in her crib, hence it is sized to fit a crib mattress. Well- months later, it will make a lovely throw. I’ve never been inspired to try quilting, but was intrigued after a friend made an incredibly hip and modern quilt with truly lovely fabrics. M’s aunt also does a pretty kick-ass job and I thought I’d give some of the techniques a try:
While I’ll credit Handmade Home and Weekend Sewing Projects with inspiring me to start this, I think the blanket is definitely a creation of my own.
- You probably won’t have to do this step, but because the blanket was used as a poncho, I needed to sew up the hole in the middle of the blanket. I finished some edges of a fabric rectangle and sewed it to the good side of the blanket over top of the hole. Next I used the fabric strips (instructions below) to cover and make a pocket over top of this.
- Next- I used Heather Ross’ excellent instructions from “Weekend Sewing Projects” to make the letter A using fusible interfacing. Sew on applique when finished. These same instructions can be found in this post.
- Take an old sheet and sew it to the blanket. I liked the thought of re-using such an old piece of M’s childhood and the melton was nice, but a bit scratchy. I think that sewing an old sheet to the underside gives the blanket some versatility. We’ll probably use this alot in summer, when A’s comforter will be too hot. Since my blanket looked the same from both sides, it didn’t matter which side I sewed it to. I did sew the sheet good side facing out though. Don’t worry about the raw edges as they will be covered with fabric strips used like blanket binding. Trim excess away along seam.
- Next- measure each edge of the blanket and total it up. Add on 8 inches to the total for a seam allowance. Take fabric scraps and cut them different lengths but to all the same width. Sew them all together until you reach your total length measurement. I varied all the lengths of each individual fabric piece because I liked the random look of it. Press each seam flat- this is really important to get a smooth finish!
- Cut each fabric strip to match in length with each side of the blanket adding 1 inch on top and 1 inch for each panel on the bottom for a seam allowance.
- Next, Fold each strip in half, (to give you a long skinny strip) press and use a hem gauge to hem 1/2 inch to each raw edge. Press again.
- Pin top and bottom of each panel down by 1/2 inch press and fold down another 1/2. Sew. You now have finished ends for each of your panels.
- Open up fabric strips and lie raw edge of blanket into fold. Fold the fabric strip over and pin. Sew.
- Repeat for all 4 edges.
I love the way this turned out. It’s a nice way to personalize a blanket. You can always use old remnants of burp clothes or any other special fabric to trim a blanket to make a lovely keepsake!
$20? New fabric: can’t really remember because it was so long ago, but probably close to this
$0 Interfacing- already had on hand
$0 wool blanket- was M’s old Scouts poncho
$0 sheet- already had on hand
$0 other fabric- part of thinning out my stash