This project will be the hit of the baby shower and a much-used gift. The small blanket folds for storage in an attached pocket that can double as a small pillow. The pocket keeps the blanket neat and clean until ready for use. While this project is baby-sized, it can easily be adjusted to accommodate larger blankets and throws for anyone on the go.
- OESD’s Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen #80287
- OESD Heavy Weight CutAway
- OESD Fusible Woven
- Isacord Thread
- Organ 80/12 or 75/11 Sharp Embroidery Needle
- 1 Fat Quarter Fabric
- 1 Package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape in a coordinating color (navy blue shown)
- 30″ x 30″ Purchased Baby Blanket
- Rotary Cutter and Ruler
- Removable Fabric Marking Pen (Optional)
- OESD Press Cloth (Optional)
- 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive
• Cut a piece 18.5″ x 8.5″ from the fat quarter and set aside for the lining and back fabric.
• Cut another piece of the fat quarter large enough to hoop for a 6″ x 6″ design or a minimum of 9″ x 9″. This is the design fabric. Apply one piece of the Fusible Woven to the wrong side this piece.
• Cut HeavyWeight CutAway the same size as the prepped design fabric. Spray with 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive. Place fusible woven side of the fat quarter on to the sprayed side of the heavyweight stabilizer and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.
Next, hoop all layers together. Place the hoop on the machine. Load the design 80287-14.
• Baste around the design following the machine manufacturer’s directions. Embroider the design.
• Do not remove the basting stitching until after step 5 below.
• Trim Heavy Weight CutAway from around the design, about ½”.
• Press embroidery side down using a pressing cloth or OESD Ironing Board Cover.
• Trim 1 ½” away from the top, bottom, left, and right basting stitch lines of the design.
• Remove basting stitches.
• Place embroidered pocket right side up on one end of the pocket lining and backing cut in Step 1. Baste ¼” around all edges.
• Fold pocket lining and backing toward the back side of the embroidered area.
• Make sure to keep the fold even with the bottom edge of the embroidery fabric.
• Baste in place ¼” from the right and left sides of the pocket and across the bottom edge.
• Begin sewing bias tape in place at the top of the pocket.
• Miter the corners or use method of choice for the corner areas.
• Finish off using the preferred method. (The edges in project show were overlapped 1″ with the top layer pressed under ½” before stitching in place.)
• Lay the baby blanket on a flat surface. Make sure to check the blanket for one way designs.
• Position the pocket tab 7 ½” to the left of the right-hand corner of the blanket.
• Pin if desired to hold in place.
• Use a straight line of stitching just below the bias tape.
• Stitch a rectangle using the tab area as a guide.
• Use any method of choice to attach the pocket tab to the edge of the blanket.
• Fold the left and right edges toward the middle of the blanket with the pocket face up at the bottom.
• Fold from left to right again (long rectangle with the pocket still face up at the bottom).
• Fold the rectangle in half from top to bottom.
• Fold in half again and stow into the pocket.
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