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Sewing through the Story: Baby Blanket

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A lovely, snuggly, simple gift for any family member or friend expecting a new addition to their family. Or make a bigger version for yourself!

Baby Blanket

Supplies:

1 piece of soft cotton 75cm x 100cm

1 piece of fleece or plush fabric 75cm x 100cm

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What to do:

Iron your cotton and place it pattern side down against the right side of your fleece

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Align the two pieces of fabric so they match exactly, then pin in place

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Tack around the outside to hold them together using a loose running stitch, and remove the pins

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Using your sewing machine, or backstitch if you’re hand sewing, sew all the way around the rectangle, about 1cm in from the edge. Start on one of the short sides, and stop 10cm before you reach the end, leaving an unsewn gap

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Cut through and remove the tacking stitch

Turn the blanket the right way out through the gap you left. Then fold the loose edges of the fabric in the gap inside to match the rest, and pin in place

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Iron the blanket again to make sure the edges are neat.

If you’re hand sewing, neatly sew the gap closed using slip stitch or whip stitch

If you’re using a sewing machine, sew another line of stitches all the way around the blanket, about 7.5mm in from the edge, making sure you catch and sew up the gap as you go around.

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