“A Project Begins….”

For the past 2 years, I have written a tip each week dealing with a variety of sewing related topics. This week I will be doing something a little different. I will be documenting a project from beginning to end. I am hoping that over the next week or two, after reading about what I am doing, you will find some aspects of my project that will prove helpful to you in either a current project or one that is upcoming.

I have been invited to attend a baby shower given by a dear friend of mine who is anticipating a new grandson. Since the shower is in two weeks, a large project is out of the question. I have decided to make a flannel receiving blanket with a matching burp cloth as well as a terry cloth hooded bath towel for the gift. The theme is whales since the new parents are avid sailors. The receiving blanket and burp cloth will be made of a double layer of flannel while the hooded bath towel will be made of white terry cloth with a binding made out of that same flannel. The icing on the cake will be a happy little whale embroidery on the hood of the towel. I bought the fabric today, overcast the cut edges and am washing and drying all the materials just the way I think the new mom will. Since everything is 100% cotton, I will dry everything in the dryer on high, hoping any shrinkage will occur before I start to sew. I have purchased extra material to compensate for this possibility. Tomorrow I will cut out all pieces and begin sewing the blanket and burp cloth together. The blanket will be 36”X36” when finished and the burp cloth will be an 18”X8” oval with a slight contour at the midpoint to fit nicely over the shoulder. The hooded bath towel will also finish at 36”X36” with a hood in one corner measuring about 11” from the top corner. I am not using a pattern since all the pieces are either squares or ovals, but if you have never done anything like this before, I strongly suggest you purchase a commercial pattern to help guide you. Below you will find the first couple pictures of the material and the embroidery design. I’d better get to work!