Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sew Wonderful

I know most of you can sew like crazy. Me? Not so much. So the fact that I made a baby blanket all on my own is remarkable.

It all started at Christmas when my mom bought me a sewing machine and told me that it was for me to make baby blankets with. Ya okay Mom!

I headed out to Wal-Mart, and with the help of the kind sales lady there in that department, we figured out how much material I would need and what supplies I should purchase. I came home with this:

Feb24.08_Rag Baby Blanket 005

I spent so much money getting my "start-up" sewing kit. Oh well. I started on cutting out the 8x8 squares. Ya the first half dozen or so that I cut out I measured a little wrong so they weren't completely square. Whatever! I wasn't going to recut them all. I'll just make them work. See, I told you I knew ALL about sewing.

Feb24.08_Rag Baby Blanket 011

Then onto the X-ing of the squares. Well let me tell you, by the time I got to the last few of the 35 squares I didn't even need to draw guide lines on the fabric to help me sew in a straight line. I'm such a quick learner -- hehe.

Feb24.08_Rag Baby Blanket 012

Now just laying out the pattern. I had to lay it out on the table cuz otherwise I probably would have screwed up on the sequence when sewing it together.

Feb24.08_Rag Baby Blanket 024

All put together. Now onto the cutting of all those seams. My hand cramped during that part.

Mar2.08_Rag Baby Blanket (3)

And here's the almost final project. I had to empty the lint trap on my dryer at least 100 times while trying to get the rag look of this blanket. And now the blanket is all wrinkled *sigh*. I'll take care of the wrinkles later.

Mar13.08_Pink Rag Baby Blanket 005

Not too shabby for my first sewing project eh? Don't look too closely at it cuz you'll notice all the mistakes, but I'm sure my baby won't mind. Actually now that I made a pink blanket I'll probably end up having a boy and need a blue one. Perhaps I'll tackle blue fabric next....


Kim said...

Hey, fantastic job for your first attempt, much better than mine...it looks perfect! And what CUTE fabric too, I love it.

Kim said...

Holla to bishops and tithing settlement! WOW, that is an amazing experience, thank you for sharing, I have been DYING to tell you most of all...you are exactly 1.5 weeks ahead of me and I LOVE IT!

Skye and Aaron said...

Way to go Ashlee!!! That's pretty stinkin amazing for your first sewing attempt! I can't sew AT ALL!!! SO not crafty over here!

moosh in indy. said...

Kim described a baby moving as Q-tips being thrown against the inside of your belly.
I always liked that analogy.
And the blanket?
But this also means you'll be having a boy. Heh, kidding.

Carrie said...

Holy cow! I was just telling my husband how I really want to make a rag quilt! It'd be my first sewing experience too! Yours turned out great!!!