Do you have a sewing machine right inside your home? Well, if you haven’t, we got you cover with a list of best sewing machines for beginners.
Wanting to make clothes for your dolls or using it only for clothing repairs? Then why not maximize the use of it and try to be more creative and keep our imagination running.
People nowadays love doing anything by Do-it-yourself (DIY). The goal is to have the uniqueness and to personalize their stuff. One of the perfect stuff to personalize that we can do at home is a blanket. It’s also perfect as a gift item for our friends and loved ones.
But is making blankets with sewing machine possible? Certainly! In this article, we’ll show you how easy and enjoyable it is to create your own blanket.
Let’s gather all the materials needed first!
Fabric: You could choose a fabric that you wish to use but the most common are:
1. Quilting cotton
- This is often used for home and accessories sewing. They come in beautiful designs and assorted prints. They tend to feel stiff and hold their shape.
- a soft knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing
Note: These two pieces of fabric should be of the same size. Standard size is 1.5 yards
3. (Optional) Trim/Edging
- You may use bias binding, jumbo ricrac, and pompoms. For this article, we will use jumbo ricrac.
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or a rotary cutter
- A 6 ½ by 24-inch non-slip ruler or measuring tape
- Marking tool (chalk, fabric marker, etc.)
- Rounded object (optional)
- A walking foot
Step 1: Preparation
Lay perfectly flat the 2 fabrics on top of the other and secure the edges with pins.
Step 2: You can design the corners as rounded or square.
To make rounded corners, place a round object on top of one corner. With the use of your marking tool, trace the round shape on the cotton layer of fabric. Cut out along that line.
Repeat the procedure for the entire corner you wish to be rounded.
Step 3: Sewing time!
Make sure to check the throat plate markings of your sewing machine to keep sewing in-line.
Begin backstitching at the middle of one of the long edges, leaving a 1/2” seam allowance. Continue to sew around the perimeter of the blanket. When approaching a square corner, stop with the needle down 1/2″ before you reach the end of the fabric.
Lift up the foot, and start sewing the next side of the blanket. Keep the edge of the fabric aligned with the 1/2″ mark on the needle plate. Make sure you’re maintaining a consistent seam allowance when approaching a rounded corner.
In order for you to turn the blanket right-side-out, leave at least 5” to 10” on the side you started on then backstitch from there.
Step 4: Trim and press the seams
Press seams open as much as you can. Trim the corners to reduce the bulk.
Step 5: Turn the blanket right-side-out
After pressing, turn the whole blanket right-side out. Make sure to lay the corners flat. You may use pointy objects for square corners or your fingers on rounded ones. Steam presses the whole blanket from the right side.
Step 6: Finish stitching
Sew a little right in the middle of the blanket, to keep the 2 layers stay in place. Now to close the gap, secure the two edges together with a few pins to make sure they stay in place. Fold in the seam allowances in the gap. Topstitch the blanket all around, 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the edge, closing the gap.
Edging your blanket
Adding ricrac on the edges of your blanket is optional but it really makes your fleece looks very stylish. Just Place in line the ricrac on the edge of your blanket to cover the edges. At each end of the ricrac, you should see a tiny bit of fleece.
Make sure not to stretch both the blanket and the ricrac. Start straight stitching from anywhere on the blanket. Continue sewing, going carefully around corners. Overlap the ricrac once you reached where you started.
Since you’re interested in making blankets, you might be interested in making curtains. Let us know in the comments what else you want to learn!