You've no doubt seen the blanket stitch edging on lots of off-the-shelves throws during your shopping forays. But do you know how easy it is to do yourself?
This edging is ideal for baby blankets, no matter if they are fleece, flannel, cotton, or wool fabric. However, it can also be your finish of choice for cozy throws for your “older” babies, those away at college or recently moved out.
As you can see, the baby in mind for this afghan-size blanket went to Florida State. So you might be wondering why in blue blazes did I make it double sided?! Well, babies don't often stay in one place for very long, no matter how old they get! This one can get some pretty unpleasant weather these days!
Cut the selvedges off the fleece. With right sides facing out, cut the 2 pieces of fleece the same size. As you can see, I used identical fabric for both sides of this fleece blanket.
For each corner, place the saucer to make a rounded corner. Use a rotary cutter and mat to cut. (If you are using scissors, then use a pen or marker to draw the rounded corner with the saucer first. Then cut with scissors.)
If you have an applique that you want to add to the blanket, separate the two fabric pieces. Use a spray adhesive (I used Spray N Bond) on the back of the applique, then position it on the right side of one piece of fabric. This will keep the applique in place while you sew around it on the sewing machine. It will also ensure that the backside of this stitching will be hidden inside of the finished blanket.
Now match the two pieces of fabric back together, and pin it all around. Pinning is always a good thing!
Using your sewing machine on a long stitch, sew all the way around the blanket about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge. This will secure the pieces together so that when you blanket-stitch the edge, the pieces won't shift or move around.
Using the needle and yarn, blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. See here for blanket stitch instructions. It's a really easy stitch but I had 3 main questions about it:
These instructions at Holiday Crafts and Creations helped me a lot with this. Fortunately, fleece is so forgiving, and you can always anchor the ends of your yarn in between the layers of fabric.
Now you're done! You have personally made a professional-looking blanket stitch edge on a soft, fleecy throw for your bigger baby! This sporty border is not only attractive but keeps fleece blankets from stretching too much.
And that's how you send your grown-up baby a cozy hug from home!