Monday, October 19, 2015

Rectangular Self-Binding Flannel Blanket Tutorial for Luke's Loves

Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun is doing a blanket drive for Luke's Loves and has asked several bloggers to participate by sharing a blanket tutorial. We are happy to be a part of this great project! Here is some information about Luke's Loves...
For our blanket tutorial, I decided to tackle the Rectangular Self-Binding Flannel Blanket. This is similar to our tutorial for the traditional Self-Binding Blanket, which is square. But I wanted to test it out to see if it works for a rectangular blanket...and it does!
Isn't my little model adorable? She likes to cut her own hair.

Materials Needed:
Two pieces of flannel. Cut them so one piece is 10 inches shorter than the other, both in length and width. For example, if your larger piece is 42" x 62", your smaller piece should be 32" x 52".

1. With pins, mark the middle point of all four sides of both pieces of flannel.
2. Pin the two pieces of flannel right-sides together at the middle points. Now pin the fabrics together, starting at the center points and working out to the corners. Expect extra fabric to be showing at the corners. This is how it's supposed to be!
3. Sew each side: I use 1/2 inch seams when sewing with flannel. Sew each of the 4 sides, stopping 1/4 inch from the corners. On one of the sides, leave a 6" opening which you will use later on to turn your blanket right-side out.
(step 3) This is what your corners will look like.
4. Fold the blanket in half diagonally to make a triangle. Match up two of the sides you just sewed. The corner will form a triangle like this:
(step 4) The black dotted line is your seam from the previous step.

5. Sew a seam that STARTS at the end-point of the black dotted line and ENDS at the fold, making a 90 degree angle where it hits the fold. Clear as mud, right? The picture will help you out.

(step 5) The red dotted line is the seam you sew in step 5. See how it makes a 90-degree angle with the fold?
6. Cut off the triangle to the right of the seam you sewed in step 5.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 for all 4 corners.
8. Turn your blanket right-side out. Put your hand inside the blanket and use your fingers to work the corners out so they are nice and pointy. Sometimes they are a little stubborn.
9. Iron your blanket.
10. Top stitch the rectangle where the two fabrics meet. Be sure to stitch the opening shut.
Thank you to Riley Blake Designs for providing the gorgeous flannel from the Chatsworth collection!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour: City Gym Shorts

We are so excited to be part of the Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour! I have been selling Riley Blake Flannel for years in my shop and can't say enough about the superior quality and fantastic designs Riley Blake Flannel has to offer.

I have had my eye on Purl Bee's City Gym Shorts free pattern for awhile and thought this Blog Tour would be a great excuse to try it out. My daughter and her 3 cousins all play soccer and spend LOTS of time running around in soccer shorts. They find them so comfortable, they often sleep in them. So I thought, why not make some flannel pajama gym shorts?
I am so glad I tried this pattern out in flannel! The shorts have a classic retro feel to them and allow for mixing and matching of fabrics. The girls absolutely LOVE them. I offered to make some up in cotton, too, but they said no way; they love the flannel!
I was surprised how easy this pattern was to sew. Once you have the fabric pre-washed and cut, the actual sewing takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

The bias trim finishes all of your visible edges, giving the shorts a crisp, finished appearance, and a pop of contrasting color.
I made the shorts one size up because I knew these would be used for pajamas, and wanted to be sure these were roomy and comfortable. 
I chose prints ranging from vibrant primary colors to soft, muted pastel, to reflect the girls' personalities.

 You can find a huge selection of Riley Blake Flannel in my Shop.

Thank you Riley Blake for sponsoring this fabulous blog tour! I hope our readers are getting inspired and seeing all of the fantastic projects that can be made with flannel!

Here are some of the projects the other blog tour participants have come up with:
Riley Blake Designs: Jump Rope Dress in Flannel Gingham
Quiltscapes: Pajama Pants & Pillow
Fishsticks: Reversible Button Bibs 
The Stitching Scientist: Toddler Nightgown 
The Sassy Quilter: Patchwork Dog Bed

Simple Simon & Co: Flannel Pajamas
Fabric  Mutt: Patchwork Seat Cushion

 Just Let Me Quilt: Flannel Nightgown & Cape
Jedi Craft Girl: Easy Flannel Blanket & Burpers 
Rose and Odin: Christmas Pillowcase 
Sew We Quilt: Newborn Nightgown
Haberdashery Fun: HST Baby Blanket
Leigh Laurel Studios: Personalized Pet Bed
Riley Blake Designs: DIY Chenille Baby Blanket & Pillow

and still yet to come are stops at Lucy Blaire on 10/31 
and a final post and giveaway from Riley Blake Designs on 11/4. Be sure to follow Riley Blake Designs on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter for all of the latest scoop!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Riley Blake Flannel Fabric Blog Tour!

Riley Blake Designs is kicking off the fall season on their blog with 7 weeks of ideas and inspiration for sewing with Riley Blake Flannel! I can't wait to see everyone's projects. 

Mark your calendars and follow along for the next 7 weeks and get inspired!
10/14 Sew We Quilt
10/31 Lucy Blaire

I'm excited to be a part of this awesome event! (my post is on October 28th)

Friday, April 25, 2014