Friday, April 20, 2012

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket

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!

Happy sewing!


Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

I love it Kim! And, I think your lucky friend and her baby will love it too! I'll have to try it sometime.

Anneliese said...

This blanket is so beautiful! I love the addition of the pompom tirm. It is a perfect combinations of fabrics and binding. Thanks for sharing it.

Michelle said...

I'm popping over from MADE. I love the fabric and color combos you chose for this blanket! It looks expensive/designerish for sure. It is adorable. I can appreciate your time and effort, I'm making one right now too, and had a great idea it wouldn't take too long. Ha.

thingsforboys said...

Gorgeous blanket! I am about to attempt my first one of these and I'm excited. I found you through Flickr.