it’s a hoot ~ baby blanket tutorial

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hi there everyone ~

here’s my tutorial for applying a scalloped edge treatment on a simply made flannel baby blanket.  it’s fun to make, it’s practical, and a beautiful gift!

just one caveat.  this tutorial is based on bernina feet, using a bernina machine.  that’s just the way it is… cuz that’s what i do.  it’s what i have, what i teach, and what i know best! however! i am positive many other sewing machines have this same capacity in feet, and technique.  after all, it’s a basic stitch and sewing function, using a hemstitch. 

begin with two fabrics, 1.25 yards each, of high-quality flannel fabric. if you’d like, pre-wash.  then trim, and square-up all your edges, removing the selvedge edges {for sure}!

 i forgot to show the trimming, but just pretend i did {cuz i really did!} so be sure to trim those selvedges.  just got a little ahead of myself snapping pics… lol~!  use a plate to round off those corners the easy way…

and use the rotary cutter for one fell swoop around that curve the easy way, and a smooth look!

this technique is best accomplished with rounded corners.  if you like squared-off ones… i can’t help you with that as i’ve not done it, and perhaps it would be a bit more difficult… but probably totally doable with more patience! {enough said!}

it’s the “flirty birdies”  by northcott fabrics, just in case you wanted to know.

i just used my #37 bernina patchwork foot to sew up the seams {right sides together}.  this happens to be the 37D, meaning dual feed, which is a feature on the bernina, which is helpful on the flannel fabric.  i didn’t use a 1/4″ seam, but instead, and because this is flannel, i sewed a 3/8″ seam, using the seam guide on my stitching plate. some may prefer 1/2,”  but you can use any foot, like a basic #1 foot, too. 

as to thread: i had isacord polyester on hand, and already loaded, so i just kept that on the top, and kept  the 100% cotton {masterpiece}  in my bobbin, as well, because my machine was set up that way.  either way, you can match cotton for cotton, or poly for poly, but they both play well together. {note to self: there is an error in the wording in the pic below and it should say ‘patchwork foot” instead of ‘patchwork needle!’  {oops!}

leave at least a 12″ opening, for easy turning. gently turn the fabric back so that the right sides are facing out.

take time to carefully press… but no need to overpress! 

then, choose a cord, yarn, or thick hand-stitching type of thread to make the scalloped edge. 

if you guessed the lime green… you are correct!  and just for kicks and giggles… pictured below are the ‘quick notes’ from my handbook when i’m teaching this technique at mastery class for bernina.  it’s as easy as 1…2… 3…4…and five!
1. choose stitch #3.
2. select needle position to the left {your machine may select it already}, or adjust as desired.
3. set stitch width to 3.0 mm {or as desired}
4. set stitch length to 3.0 mm  {or as desired}
5. attach bernina foot #10 or 10C whichever you have}. {click the link above to see a 54 second video about this foot on the bernina website}

lay the cord {in this case it’s yarn}, and place it at the bottom edge of your opening of the two fabrics – the one you left open for turning.

now lay the cord/yarn next to the blade, and next to the fabric, just like in the picture below. don’t squish them together, just let them lay next to each other:

are you ready?!  it’s gonna be soooo sweet!

take your time… make sure the needle is stitching a straight stitch on the blanket edge {on the left}… and swinging to the right, where it catches the yarn/cord too… you may need to slightly increase your top tension… depending on how it’s stitching on your machine. 

now, as i’ve completely sewn around the perimeter of the blanket, i’m approaching the opening gap once again. stop, {use that needle down} and tuck both ends of the yarn into the opening.  then, continue to stitch, closing the gap in the fabric. at the very end, stop, and then switch to a straight stitch, adusting the length so it’s a smaller stitch {making sure the needle is also in the left position, matching the stitching from the #3 mode} and make a knot by stitching in place several times, or use your knotting function if you have one on your machine. or just backstitch ever so slightly. easy peasy!

now for the  beautiful finishing touch.  begin with the good stuff.  {are we talking dessert or thread… uhm… i think i got sidetracked for few seconds!} thread. definitely thread. that would be magnifico!  it’s a 40 wt 100% poly thread ~ sturdy, beautiful, and it packs a punch of gorgeous color, {way more than isacord}, and it’s so easy~easy to use!  use a topstitch needle … 90/14!  i prefer superior threads topstitch needles as they are titanium coated, and last five times as long as a normal topstitch needle, staying sharp. {it’s just good great economics!}

 tip time! one of my favorite tips to share for topstitching is sew simple:  lengthen that stitch out!  it looks professional,  shows off that gorgeous thread, and your beautiful stitch too.  every bernina has a triple stitch, and i daresay other machines as well…  {this is stitch #6 on my bernina 830}

 bammo!  ain’t it just so cool, and sooo beautiful!?

 a pretty backside to this flirty birdy fabric! i love the contrast of the two different greens, too.

 and another tip… use the best spray starch there is.  i buy it by the gallon, and it seems spendy when you have to shell out $ for a gallon, but it’s truly much more economical.  and like most all things… you get what you pay for. i love pressing my fabrics with just a little bit of this product.  again, it’s just a professional finish:

 i know… i’ve said it’s pretty already… but just one more close-up of this scalloped edge!

 and… that’s a wrap!

i hope you enjoyed the tutorial! 

even better, i hope you will make several of these darling flannel blankets.  they’re such great gifts, and of course, you can make them in any size; smaller ones are great as burping cloths, and some for gramma and grandpa to have on hand, too! 

soli deo gloria!

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