Valentine Lovey Security Blanket ~
soft, silky comfort for restless sleepers

This lovey security blanket is continued from here.

Please read the first part before you proceed. 


SHEEP BODY for the Lovey Security Blanket

Crochet the sheep bodies in an oval using the puff stitchCrochet the sheep bodies in an oval using the puff stitch

Materials:

Yarn - Caron Simply Soft White

Crochet hook - 5.5mm

Scissors

Yarn needle

Notes:

·       Do not turn your work

·       Two rounds for small sheep

·       Three rounds for large sheep

How to make a puff stitch (PS): (YO, insert hook, YO, pull up) 3x in same ch, YO, pull through all 7 loops, ch 1.


Begin: Ch 10

R1: Puff stitch in 4th ch from hook, sk1, PS, sk1, PS, sk1, 3 PS in end ch [this makes the curve],

[now crochet in same foundation chain directly opposite the puffs you just made - you're making an oval shape]

PS, sk1, PS, sk1, 2 PS, sl st in top of dc to join.

R2: [For R2 and more, PS in space between puffs of previous round (2 PS when needed at ends). Skip stitches will not be mentioned again.]

Ch 3, 4 PS, 2 PS in same space, 2 PS in next space, 3 PS, 2 PS in same space, 1 PS, sl st to join.

R3: Ch 3, 5 PS, 2 PS in same stitch 3x (next 3 spaces), 4 PS, 2 PS in same stitch 2x, 1 PS, sl st to join. Fasten off.

4. Use the sheep head template to cut out two heads from the black felt. Also cut eight legs. Make the baby sheep head and legs a little smaller than the mommy/daddy head and legs.

Cut out some decorative hearts to place around the two sheep.

5. Now take a few minutes to artfully arrange the sheep and hearts on the silky material. Make a quick sketch on paper, if needed, to remember where you placed each item for your design. Be sure to place the decorative hearts far enough away from the edge to allow room for your binding.

6. From the iron-on adhesive, cut matching pieces for your decorations, except the white sheep bodies. (I didn't use the adhesive for them.) Follow the manufacturer’s directions to adhere your decorative elements to the silky heart.

7. Hand-sew each item in place with the blanket stitch, using thread or embroidery floss.

If you have mad sewing machine skills, you may prefer to machine-applique your design pieces. Check out this machine-applique baby blanket with my granddaughter’s initials.

BACK of the lovey security blanket

Use the same pattern to cut out the back furry piece.Use the same pattern to cut out the back furry piece.
Affix the back to front using Spray 'n Bond adhesive.Affix the back to front using Spray 'n Bond adhesive.
The edge stitching isn't perfect, but it will be covered with the bias binding.The edge stitching isn't perfect. It will be covered with the bias binding.

Use the newspaper pattern to cut out a heart from your fluffy fabric. It should be the same size as the front silky heart.

I used Spray 'n Bond to affix the front heart to the back one (wrong sides together), so the fabrics wouldn't slip when I sewed them on the machine.

On the sewing machine, straight-stitch the front to the back. A half-inch seam allowance should be fine. Then go around again, this time with a 3/8" seam allowance. Use a zigzag stitch to alleviate fraying.

BIAS BINDING for the EDGE of this Lovey Security Blanket

For the final step, sew the blanket binding around to cover the raw edges. Use a machine to sew the bias binding to the heart.

Bias binding is necessary because you can make it lie flat around curves without creasing.

First, sew the binding to the back side. Then fold it to the front.First, sew the binding to the back side. Then fold it to the front.
Pin the binding so it's a tiny bit wider on the front than on the back. You'll know because the pins will go through the fluffy side of the back, not the binding.
Use monofilament on the top and a thread to match the fluffy back on the bottom.

I shopped all over for a 1-inch bias binding in a design to complement my sheep and satin heart, with no luck! So, I found a YouTube videos for how to make my own. National Quilter’s Circle shows how to make bias binding from fabric of my choosing. 

NOTE: Bias binding should first be sewn on the back side, then folded over and sewn on the front side.

Your local quilt shop can be a great source of help, if you’re new to bias binding. Just ask! Betty at the quilter’s guild here answered my questions and even helped me cut and sew  a length of binding in the workshop at the back of the store.


L’amour pour votre bebe


All that remains is to introduce the lovey security blanket  to your sweet bonbon and train him or her to find sleepytime comfort with it. Then maybe you can get a little more sleep too!



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