Fabric Squares and Crochet Borders – A baby blanket

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This is a baby blanket I have made a few years ago, after I stumbled upon the Pipers Girls blog. The girls posted a tutorial on making blankets with squares of fabric that are assembled with yarn. I cannot find the tutorial again, but I guess it is still in their archive posts.

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My blanket was tuck away in a box, with other baby things. My eyes fell on it as I was doing some cleaning a few weeks ago and I thought that you may like to see it. This is a fun project.

You start by cutting squares in whatever fabric you have. I used a pale blue stretchy cotton and a white cotton. You make sandwiches (fabric on the bottom, batting, fabric on the top) and secure them in place with a stitch all around the perimeter of the squares. If your fabrics tend to fray, like mine did, I suggest you use the zigzag stitch.

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com

Then, you start crocheting. For that, you will need a fabric punch, yarn and a crochet hook  that is small enough to pass through the holes made with the punch.

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com

I started by crocheting a foundation row all around each square with single crochets. After that, I was able to assemble the squares together, with a long piece of yarn and a tapestry needle.  

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com
Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com

I finished the blanket with a row of scallops. And flowers in the corners.

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com

Below are pictures of both sides of the blanket, wrinkled (it has been washed a few times).

Fabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.comFabric Squares with Crocheted Border - A baby blanket - francenadeau.com

Yes, this is a fun project. Great for beginners. Or for more advanced crafters who wish to relax. If I make another such blanket, I think that I will quilt the squares to secure even more the sandwiched fabrics and reduce the amount of wrinkles.

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Warm Pyjamas for Babies

Warm pyjama for babies

This is a piece of clothing I have made some 12 years ago. Warm pyjamas of fleecy fabric for the cold nights.

Warm pyjamas for babies

I used a polyester store-bought bias to finish all the edges. Yes, there are many creases. No, it is not a model of perfection. I should have made a second stitching along the edge of the bias. The result would have been prettier and the bias would have kept a better shape.  We learn from our mistakes, don’t we?

Warm pyjamas for babies

I have sewn a little cross stitch on the front to add some colors. This little clown is quite charming, don’t you think?

Warm pyjamas for babies

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Little Bibs

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Small Wrap Sweater

 

A Small Wrap Sweater

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This small wrap sweater was made years ago, to keep warm a little baby. I have used fleecy fabric. Warm and soft. Perfectly suitable for baby skin.

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I have chosen a store-bought polyester bias. As you can see, the sewing lines are not quite straight. Just as for the little bibs I told you about in my last post. Hurrying while the baby was sleeping. Or maybe too tired to see straight.

Small Wrap Sweater - francenadeau.comThe heart was embroidered before I chose the bias. Therefore, the color was selected accordingly.

Small Wrap Sweater - francenadeau.com

With the leftover bias, I made a ribbon to attach the two front panels. 

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Despite the imperfections, this small wrap sweater kept my boys warm. And wrapping your baby with a piece of clothing you have made is very rewarding. A simple pattern like this one is perfect for a beginner in the craft of sewing. I would like to encourage women and men, girls and boys, to dare taking a piece of fabric and to sew something. Anything. Even if the result is far from perfect. I do not believe in perfection. But I do believe that creating gives you joy. And a feeling of achievement.

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