About two weeks ago, I blogged about the cute flannel pyjama pants I made for my little Mason and I wanted to make him a fleecy flannel blanky to go with them.
I finally had the chance to finish it off this afternoon, while Mic did a crossword puzzle at my sewing desk and the baby napped.
I’ve come to realise that I am all about the jumping in at the deep end and pushing myself to try as many different difficult techniques as I possibly can. I’ve only been sewing for about 6 months and am completely self-taught, so I might be a tad crazy to try some of these. But try I do….
I used soft fluffy fleece on one side and the same flannel as the pyjama pants on the other side. First I did some raw-edge applique of Mason’s name onto the fleece.
Then I decided that looked a little plain and needed something else to make it pop! So I decided to draw a train on some plain white cotton and use the crayon quilting technique and coloured it in and then set the crayon. Lots of fun! It still didn’t pop. So then I tried a technique called trapunto. That is *such* a cool technique, and now the train is all poofy and actually has an almost 3D effect. Awesome for little fingers to touch.
And then to push myself even further, I decided to bind the entire blanket with a satin border. That was not so much fun. The satin is very slippery and difficult for a novice to manipulate. I did not manage to get it looking as perfect as I would like, but I’m ok with that and since it’s for my baby boy, he will know it was made with lots of love!
Not sure which side is my favourite. I’m still loving on the transport flannel boy fabric. You would not believe how cuddly and warm this blanket is. It is going to be a favourite in winter. And I’m hoping it will last him a few winters.
I love that there is so much for Mason to touch on the blanket, from the letters of his name, the poofy 3D train, the fleece and flannel sides and the satin border. Plenty different textures for his tactile development.
Another project done!