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Author: llamalluv Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 66  
Subject: Faux Chenille Baby Blanket Date: 12/29/2011 11:58 AM
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I saw this tutorial, and knew I had to make one:

http://www.dana-made-it.com/2010/11/faux-chenille-baby-blank...

I finished my first one in two days. I will warn that without help, your shoulder will get VERY sore from "throwing" the blanket as you stitch the long straight seams. My MIL helped me guide it through after I did two hours of sewing on my own, and I'm still quite sore. It took five hours to stitch up, and one hour to slice the layers, another hour to pin and stitch the satin binding. It's in the dryer right now, fluffing up.

Looks like this:
Pretty side: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6594873471_323a828c40_b.j...

Chenille side: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6594872597_c79973bdae_b.j...

And notice I said "first" one? I am definitely making this again, and for Charley's big boy room. Charley is going to be moving to a full size crib later this month, and by the time he's two we expect to have #2 (if not here then on the way) and we don't have room for two babies in our bedroom. (Well, we do, but we don't want two kids in there, LOL)

Two things if you decide to make this. Skip the spray adhesive. I did not need it, and I got exactly ONE little wrinkle on the back. Tiny. I used about 100 safety pins to hold my layers together. I pinned from the center and smoothed as I went, and as I sewed the layers together, I smoothed from the center out. TWO: GET THE CHENILLE CUTTER FROM OLFA. It made the cutting go lickety split, and I do not have a sore thumb.

I have settled on a "public works/traffic" theme for his bedroom. It's very rugged boy, and of course Gary is pretty happy about it. :) This is the fabric I have picked for Charley's blanket: http://www.flickr.com/photos/llamalluv/6594857205/
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