This lovey security blanket is continued from here.
Please read the first part before you proceed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!