I’ve been thinking a lot about the best way to show you what I have been doing this week and I decided that I would use mostly pictures with captions. This blog entry is not intended to teach you how to make this project. It is meant to give you hints, tips and tricks that I use when I am creating something in my sewing room. As I said last week, if you are not used to working on projects of this kind, I would highly recommend the use of a commercial pattern to guide you in more of a step by step manner.
- The material I chose for the receiving blanket and burp cloth is 100% cotton flannel, pre-washed to rid it of sizing and other chemicals that might be irritating to a baby’s sensitive skin. Since the fabric has a noticeable stripe, I needed to cut the two layers out one layer at a time.
- When cutting printed or striped fabric, place the cut piece on top of the uncut piece, right sides together. This allows you to line up the fabrics in the way in which they will be sewn.
- I made the decision to use a decorative stitch around the outside of the project as topstitching. The decorative stitch is 3/8” wide, so I chose to add a 3/8” seam allowance to the blanket and the burp cloth instead of ¼”. By using a 3/8” seam allowance, when I turned the blanket and burp cloth right side out I was able to stitch the decorative stitch without adding any stabilizer to the underside of the project. The four layers of fabric created by sewing the seam and turning it were plenty of support.
- After cutting the blanket and the burp cloth, I pinned generously to make sure the material did not shift and throw off the matched pattern. I know the matching will not show a lot, but I didn’t want the finished project to have that “Bless your heart, you made that yourself” look if the goods were folded on themselves. Don’t forget to leave an opening to turn the project right side out!
- To ensure exact seams, I used the Husqvarna Viking Edge Stitching foot for sewing the seams and the Pfaff Right Edge Bi-level foot for sewing the decorative stitch on the finished edge. A close up of the Edge Stitching foot shows how it maintains the 3/8″ seam. A close up of the Pfaff foot shows the front & back. Using this foot kept the decorative stitch very close to the edge.
- I lowered my presser foot pressure to 3 to allow the fabric to move smoothly under the foot.
- When finished with both the blanket and the burp cloth, I used ribbon to tie them together and I’m ready to start the hooded bath towel!