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Whether you want to make a lovely gift for a baby, get a head start on your Christmas presents or simply want to brighten up your own home, a blanket is a great sewing project – especially if you have an Empisal ESS 50! Here’ a quick and easy tutorial.
What you need for your blanket sewing project
- Batting: Most material stores allow you to buy batting off a big roll, so you can get the exact size you’re looking for. A baby blanket should be anywhere between 91cmx 91cm and 132cm x 13cm as a guide, based on whether you want it to be used in a crib or as a play mat, etc. For other uses, you can go as big or small as you like!
- Top layer of material: Depending on the look you are going for, this is usually where you add your pattern. You may want to match it to home décor, a cute theme if it is for a baby or make it contrast to your current décor to create a vibrant pop of colour. Be sure to get a piece of material that will cover your batting sufficiently, or combine two or more contrasting pieces for a patchwork look.
- Fleece for the bottom layer: A plush fabric like fleece is ideal for the backing of your blanket, as it is soft, warm and easy to care for. You can choose a plain or patterned material, but be sure that it is wide enough to match your top layer and batting in size.
- Thread: General application thread in the colour you prefer is needed to bring it all together.
How to sew your blanket
- Wash your top and bottom layers of material to prevent later shrinkage and get any dye loss out of the way.
- Line up all three layers of material on a flat surface and trim away any excess. Measuring is important, but precision results aren’t really necessary as this isn’t a structural piece like a dress or shirt.
- Layer your materials in this order: Batting, print material with right side facing up and plush on top with right side facing down.
- Sew a straight stitch around the edges of the blanket, leaving a small gap for turning the blanket right side out. The size of the gap depends on the size of the blanket, but 15cm is ideal for a baby blanket, as a guide.
- Trim the excess away from the seam and press the seams to make open, flat edges.
- Turn your blanket right side out and hand stitch the turning gap closed using an invisible slip stitch.
Sewing simplified with the high quality, affordable ESS 50 from Empisal!
At Empisal, we’ve been providing high quality, affordable sewing machines, sewing kits, overlockers, haberdashery products and ironing equipment to South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa for over 35 years.
Whether you’re learning to sew or a professional, Empisal has the right sewing machine for you. With the ESS 50, you’ll be able to take on new projects with ease and get the most out of your sewing skills.