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Sew an adorable baby blanket with this collection of over thirty free baby blanket sewing patterns, tutorials, and diy projects gathered from all over the web! (Please scroll down the page for the free patterns.)
Because a baby can never have too many blankets, a beautiful handmade blanket can make the perfect baby shower gift. But as wonderfully soft and cuddly as a baby blanket can be, some of the fabrics they're made from can be a bit tricky to work with. So, here are some tips you may find helpful:
For minky fabric: Since minky doesn't shrink, if you're going to be pairing it with a cotton fabric, make sure to preshrink your cotton fabric first. And minky fabric tends to produce lots of lint, so be sure to keep a lint roller handy and clean your sewing machine after finishing your project. Don't iron minky, since ironing can crush the pile or actually melt the fabric. And since minky has a stretch to it, use pins generously and use a walking foot in your sewing machine to help feed the fabric evenly.
For fleece fabric: One advantage of working with fleece is that it doesn't fray. But, just as with minky, it tends to produce lots of lint. Therefore, keep a lint roller handy and clean your machine after sewing with it. Use caution when ironing fleece, using a very low setting and a press cloth between the fabric and your iron. And be careful when stitching fleece because any mistakes that are made will be difficult to remove.
For flannel fabric: Cotton flannel can shrink a lot. Therefore, it's a good idea to preshrink flannel fabric, maybe even more than once, before sewing your project. And since flannel is 100% cotton with just a subtle nap to it, it's okay to iron it. But you may want to “press” your flannel (moving your iron in an up and down motion), as opposed to actually "ironing" it (moving your iron in a back and forth motion) in order to keep your flannel from stretching out of shape.
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