Vicky’s Book Blanket

I’ve been really wanting to change the look of this blog. It’s very amateur and that just really annoys me. I’m trying to polish it up with widgets and professional looking pictures and all that good stuff. Unfortunately, I have NO clue what I’m doing… Secondly, my new camera cable hasn’t made it in yet so I’m kind of in blog picture limbo right now πŸ™‚

Until my new cord comes in, let me show you what I made for my bestie.

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BFFs since 8th grade! πŸ™‚ She’s suuurisly the best.

First, I assembled some scraps of fabric I had that would be large enough to make a comfy blanket.

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I still had no idea how I would make the blanket look… I was having a bit of sewer’s block…

Then, I stumbled on a book blanket tutorial!!! Vicky is an AVID reader and this find was just too good to be true. I followed this tutorial step by step. Yes, I actually followed directions for once πŸ™‚

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This is how it turned out. They look like books… very clever. Wish I thought of it.

I took a moment to embroider her favorite author onto one of the “books” as well πŸ™‚

These are just other scraps I had laying around…

I ironed out my other scraps and narrowed it down to the fabrics that looked best together. We must be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, amiright?

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This is what I decided to go with. Not enough brown squares but… oh well.

These were seriously scraps of fabric in my stash. They came to me pre-cut like this. All I did was iron them out and sew them together… I love my job πŸ™‚

I did actually splurge on the next part, however. I purchased a brown super soft, almost minky-ish fabric remnant for $5.

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It is sooooo soft

Next came the tricky part: I put my “top” piece onto the brown piece

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There’s a little bit extra brown fleece fabric. That’s okay. I would trim it up later. First, I had to pin the crap out of this thing. I also sprayed fabric-friendly quilting adhesive in between the layers. You need all the help you can get to make these layers stay put!

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If you make blankets, you NEED this stuff!

I sewed “in the ditch” down the seams of the top squares. That wasn’t too bad actually. I used our Janome 8900 for that. That machine seriously rocks my world.

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The tough part is figuring out what to do with those edges. I decided to even them out (the brown fleecy material, that is), and fold them over twice to eliminate the raw edge.

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Ya pin and sew…

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They should just call this machine, “the beast” πŸ™‚

I don’t have a pic of Vicky with the blanket. She did inform me that she loved it πŸ™‚

…like she’s really gonna tell me she hated it! Bestie’s are cool like that.

I hope she likes it… and I hope I get my new camera cord soon πŸ™‚

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