Not too early for Football Remnants

With the temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s a bit crazy to think of making fleece blankets for football season. EXCEPT when you can get a decent-sized remnant of collegiate team logo fleece (which normally sells for $14.99 a yard) at 50% off!

Go Gators remnant!

We know someone who is a fan of two great college teams–one not in the SEC so they’re not playing each other…except when it came to basketball last year…but we’re going to stop bringing that up right now…

the OTHER team, what's it's name

So, I sewed the two remnants together using a reinforced zig-zag stitch. Then I put about 2 1/2 packages of Wright’s Extra wide Double Fold Fleece Binding all around the edges. Fleece binding is a bit pricey for a project like this, but I love the look of it. I used to make gator blankets all the time and bind them with Wright’s fleece binding in Royal Blue, which was a perfect match to the gator fleece. But alas, the company just stopped making it one day. I scavenged leftover Royal Blue fleece binding as much as I could for a few years, but I can’t find it any more. That was a real disservice to gator fans, Wright’s. Luckily I had some white fleece binding in the stash, and the common color unites the warring patterns of the two team fleeces.

Ready to warm

Just open up the binding, match the edge of the binding to the edge of the fleece, right side (fleecey side of tape) to wrong side of fleece fabric and sew along the fold line next to the edge. Then fold it over so that the top edge covers the seam and the raw edge, then sew it down. I used the reinforced zig zag, but you can use a straight stitch or any stitch.

Say what?

The WordPress prompter has suggested that one thing we can write about is Should you help the Homeless? Good question; in my mind no one would say no to this, but some people I know, say NO! Why? Because they believe that the homeless folks “got themselves into” their situation. Obvious, but who hasn’t taken a helping hand from someone? Are we not all beggars for something? Once, when I was on a committee that dreamed up service projects for our group to do, someone suggested working on a Habitat for Humanity house. “No,” said one guy. “No one helped me by giving me a free house to live in.” True, we all have the choice of acting like the ant or the grasshopper in the fable, either preparing for hard times or frittering away our time and resources. Sometimes it hurts to see the waste. But behind all the drama, he is me and she is he. I think everyone benefits from freebies. Big corporations that pay no taxes, stores and restaurants that dump unsold goods and get a tax break, tithes and offerings that are paid to church organizations and given to people in need, Medicaid for people who can’t afford insurance.


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