We use them for picnics at the park. For laying out under the stars. For staking out our spot on the grass to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July.
So, for Color Your Summer this year, I decided to make a white...
I copied this technique from Sabra who sewed up serged pintucks for an amazingly cool looking pillow. I thought it would be a fun texture for a blanket as well. Looks kind of like a chenille texture doesn't it?
I decided to use fleece for the softness and comfort factors...which stretched a bit as I serged. So the lines curve and wave a bit. Still, it did create a very cool texture, I think I will try repeating in future projects.
She needs a bonnet don't you think? Me too...it's coming soon. :)
Alright. Let's make a blanket, shall we?
TWO - 1 2/3 yard cuts of fleece
Contrasting serger thread
Washable fabric pencil/marker
Note: Before we begin, be aware that the fleece stretches. It is a type of knit fabric after all. Because of this, it can be tricky to keep everything perfectly even and square. Just do the best you can, and it will come out fine in the end. Increasing your stitch length, using a walking foot (which I don't have but I know can be helpful), pinning carefully can all help you out.
Take the top layer that you want to serge and use a washable fabric pencil to mark diagonal 45 degree angled lines. I spaced mine about 2 inches apart.
A quilting ruler/rotary mat ruler is very helpful with this.
great tutorial on it here.
I'm going to show you how to do it here as well...
Measure with a ruler to get the top serged piece as close to center as possible.
I found that an 8 inch border of gray was about right.
Pin and sew.
I used a straight stitch but any stitch should do.
Let's bring on the picnic...
Thanks for reading! :)
Be sure to stop by Kojodesigns for another wonderful white blanket project and white polka dot walls!