Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Easy Bandanna Blanket!

Easy Bandanna Blanket!
http://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/10/big-announcement-lukes-loves-project-linus.html
I'm excited to be part of Luke's Loves and Project Linus and today!
Project Linus is a blanket drive organization that collects handmade blankets to
 give to children facing serious health or other hardships.

You can make blankets and donate them at a local chapter...or mail them in.
There are many ways to help...and it would make a fun service activity!
Check the website for more information
 I am so excited about this project.
About 12 years ago I bought everything I needed to make this blanket.
And there it sat...getting older and older.
I bought 12 adorable striped bandannas.
 And had this fluffy but sturdy fleece for about as long.
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So, make it your goal to finish one of the projects you've started today! ;)

So, for this amazingly simple blanket I used 12 bandannas and a big piece of fleece to match.
The fleece I found it extra thick and sturdy, so, I didn't use any cotton batting at all!
I started by sewing the bandanna's together.
I decided to do the pink stripes vertical and the blue stripes horizontal.
First, sew 2 bandannas together, then sew on the next bandanna.
I did 4 rows of 3 bandannas.
Once the rows are sewn, sew the rows together.
I'm always super thrilled when all 4 squares match up perfectly!
After the bandannas are sewn together, place it on the fleece.
Here's the easiest way to quilt this sucker.
Put the wrong sides together...so the finished surfaces are visible.
Then get some safety pins and pin it in place.
Trim the backing edge so there is about a 1 inch border around the entire quilt.
Like this--don't put the pins too close to the border,
so you won't have to remove them when sewing.
Now, roll the fleece edge 2 times and sew it in place right on top of the bandanna.
Once you get to the corner just sew to the edge.
Turn the whole machine and roll the next edge of fleece over the bandanna edge.
After the entire border is sewn, do a straight stitch right through the center of the blanket.
Just sew each and every seam line.
To sew the center, just roll the rest of the blanket and sew.
Because there is no batting, it fits just great!
Ta-da!  This finished blanket is 5' by 7'!
This would be a fantastic picnic blanket!
It's soft and bright...and super cuddly!
And, best part...it's easy to wash because let's be real here.
If it can't be machine washed, it doesn't belong in my house!
And it was quickly confiscated and snuggled with!
Love it!
I want to make another one--and this time I'll finish it in less than 12 years!

These would be a great gift!
This is also a great beginning sewing project...
maybe for a daughter to make for someone for Christmas!
Or, make a bunch for Project Linus!
http://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/10/big-announcement-lukes-loves-project-linus.html
Here's more great Blanket ideas!



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