Sunday, November 22, 2009

My blankets.

I make the typical fringed fleece blankets with some upgrades ...

~ I only use the very softest non-pill fleece. It's way more expensive, but it allows the blanket to hold up to time.

~ I do not tie the fringes. I personally don't like the knots; I don't want to be laying on lumps.

~ I "quilt" the two layers together using a decorative stitch. I go all the way around the circumference first, then horizontally and vertically, making square patterns through the blanket itself. This keeps the two pieces of material together so it doesn't slip.

I know it's nothing fancy, but it's my only crafty talent. And I'm on a blanket kick right now. In the past few weeks, I've made:
~ 2 baby blankets for two people at my husband's work
~ 1 large blanket for mommybird (it was my "first person to comment gets something handmade from me" post)
~ 1 large blanket for my husband's birthday
~ 1 large blanket for ME (the first one I made myself)
~ 1 baby blanket for Karl.

Here is a picture of the ones I made my family. From left to right is: brown/blue one for me (same exact one I made mommybird); Crazy green and yellow one my husband picked out for himself; blue and orange tonka truck one for Karl...



I have 2 more in queue to be made for Christmas too. I think I'm close to being blanketed out!

18 comments:

Lisa said...

They looked great! Now, I'm sad that I was #2 to comment on that post...

Robin said...

Any plans to make some for the girls?

They look great, Nancy. Add blanket making to your list of talents ;)

mommybird said...

That fleece is so soft, my oldest likes to cuddle with me underneath it. It's already been employed as a door to the blanket fort she made the other day. I use it every morning when the baby is up at 5 and it's quite chilly in the living room.

Jenera said...

I tried making one of those fringe blankets and I'm absolutely lacking in craftiness. Aidan has one that he loves.

Sarah R said...

Awesome! That is so neat--what a great way to make super cool Christmas presents!

Sara said...

The blankets look so cozy! Great job Nancy!

Photogrl said...

I love the blankets! They are cute!

Shannon said...

Those are great, love the patterns. I like the idea of sewing them together instead of tying. My knots always come undone and it seems to be more of a hassle. Great idea!

Kristin said...

I love those blankets Nancy. Great job.

Krista said...

They really are so much nicer than the knotted variety. I adore the one she made for us to celebrate the birth of my DD. It's soft and the color/pattern choice was totally perfect. It's on her bed right now - nearly 3 years later.

Thanks again!

nancy said...

Robin - The girls already have two each. But just today I was talking to my husband about making some "big girl" blankets for them. I think Ella is ready but Allison would still want a little girl pattern. So I'll take them to the fabric store with me next time to see what kinds of materials they like.

Krista - I can't tell you how happy I am to here it's on miss B's bed! Seriously, you just made my day!

theclam said...

Wow, those are awesome!

123 123 said...

Great post you got here. I'd like to read something more concerning that theme.
By the way check the design I've made myself Russian escort

JamieD said...

Ooooh - they look so soft! Especially inviting now that the cold weather has set in.

Birdee said...

Those are darling. I love the idea of how you make them. I may try =D

~*JaYmE*~ said...

I love those blankets... I don't have one that nice mine has the knots but... you should sell them on here! I'd buy one, I'm not crafy what so ever!

Kate said...

do you really hand sew them? thats awesome!! excellent crafty talent :)

Jen said...

I love blankets like those. So warm and fuzzy! Great job!