|Note finished hem of blanket -- 1) straight stitching 2) double zigzagging 3) zigzagging.|
I like easy-peasy projects and I decided to make a baby blanket. Now, mind you, I rarely look for directions on anything and just plunge directly into whatever I'm doing. I should learn to Google first, sew later, but I didn't. I folded the right sides of the Minky together, pinned them, and stitched the folded over yard -- now 27" wide instead of the original 54" wide -- of fabric together, leaving a small hole so I could pull the fabric right side out. I stitched up the hole then straight stitched a 5/8" seam along the outer four sides of the blanket. Then I folded over and pinned a strip of 2" wide pink satin blanket binding to both sides of 1 side of the Minky, mitering the corners once I had determined the length of that one side. (If you look at the above picture, there is no longer pink satin binding on this blanket.) I zigzag stitched the binding to the blanket, messing up everything. I stopped and looked at my effort. I showed it to my husband. Now my husband thinks just about everything I do is great -- possibly because he has to live with me -- but he is not an honest critic. My last honest critic went off to college 15 years ago -- my daughter -- and she is now a mother of three of my grandchildren.
I looked at my work objectively, saw that it did not look good, reminded myself that I had purchased a yard, and boldly sheared off everything -- the binding and the fabric -- leaving -- when folded -- a 25" wide blanket. I stitched everything back up and then Googled binding a Minky blanket and there were several generous people who has posted advice and tips. And next time I will follow those tips. :-) I wanted to get this sucker done because I'm giving it to my oldest granddaughter tomorrow as part of her birthday gifts -- she loves soft fabric and she can use it with her baby dolls.
So my next step -- because I had now decided NOT to use the pink satin binding -- was I laid out the stitched together fabric on the dining room table and grabbed a dinner plate and a sharpie and I put the dinner plate in each of the four corners and marked off rounded edges with the sharpie. Then I carefully tucked in the rough edges and stitched the rounded corners together. Then I zigzagged around the whole border of the blanket, then double zigzagged again all around the blanket leaving a nice finished look to the blanket . . . except all the sides are not precisely even but they are close enough. Next time I WILL do better. But for a first try on an unfamiliar fabric, the result, for me, was acceptable. :-)