When I first came across the Faux Chenille Baby Blanket tutorial on MADE, I knew I wanted to try it. It looked so cool! So I waited for the perfect opportunity to come along. Because heaven knows I don't have time to tackle another project "just because".
This past week I was finally able to give it a go. A friend of mine had her first baby recently. I used the printed fabric from my fabric stash and made a trip to JoAnn for some snuggle flannel (on sale!). All of the material was purchased at JoAnn
(even the printed fabric, which looks very designer to me--score!)
As explained in both Dana's tutorial from MADE and Anneliese's from Aesthetic Nest, this blanket takes a l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n-g time to sew. It took me a good chunk of my day just to sew the rows.
The cutting went faster but still took an hour or two. My hand kept cramping up so I had to take frequent breaks inbetween rows. I was wishing that I had this tool. My sister ordered one. Too bad we live about 900 miles from each other. :) It's on my wish list now.
The binding went a little slower because I wanted to add this yellow pom pom trim by Riley Blake. I wasn't sure how it was going to look but I love the result! It adds just a little more fun and whimsy to the blanket. The light gray bias tape was purchased at JoAnn. One of these days I will make my own!
All in all, I am so thrilled with how this blanket turned out. Next time I make one I will take my time and drag it out over a week or two. I was so anxious the see how it would turn out that I worked on it every chance I got and finished it in a couple days. I don't think my family liked that. ;)
I really hope my friend (and her little baby!) enjoy it as much as I do!