Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sew Easy Receiving Blanket

Size: 34.5” square blanket
Cut: 1@30” square
1@40” square

Mark centers of all 4 sides of both pieces. Mark 5 inches from each corner of the larger piece of fabric. Match the middles and the 5” mark (of the large piece) to 1/4” from the end of the short piece. Sew each side separately. Choose one side to leave 5” opening in the middle for turning inside out.

The 4 corners should now look like this example. The 5” extra will be hanging off at the corners.

To complete the corners:
1. Match up the 2 seams at each corner and lay them on top of each other.
2. Use a square ruler and form a right angle (90) from the fold edge to the point where the stitching stopped. Draw a line.
3. Sew on this line from the fold edge and stop at the point where the stitching started/stopped.
4. Trim 1/4” from the seam.

Turn the blanket inside out through the opening.

Flatten the blanket and pull out the corners. The flange should be 2.5 ½” around all sides. Press with the seam toward the edge of the blanket.
Top stitch or decorative stitch along the seamline and this will close the opening at the same time.

** This is the same concept for making the small blankets that babies hold – for a 2 1/2” flange or binding, always cut the larger (back) section 10” than the larger than the smaller/front section. (ie: 15” and 25” yields a 19.5” blanket or 32” and 42” yields a 37” blanket)

Happy Sewing!
Marcia Henry 281.910.0026
Stitch Memories – Longarm Quilting Services

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