This project came about from a request. The twins (3 years old now) have always relied on their woobies, two identical little blue minky blankets about the size of a washcloth each, with a satin blanket binding all around, and a stuffed animal head in the center. They like the satin binding; it’s very comforting to them. When they feel tired or upset, they rub the satin binding edge between their fingers and it makes them feel mo’ better. I’ve seen a similar reaction with the little satin tags sewn into seams of baby items. Anyway, their mom suggested that I make them a big woobie, one with lots of satin. I remarked that I believe I have a remnant that would lend itself to such a project….
After a big debate in my mind of what to pair it with, I chose white minky because I have a ton of it.
I don’t want to go into all the details of the construction and the failures and shortcomings, which were many. I wanted to anchor the minky to the satin, by sewing long strips of a decorative machine stitch, so my DH, a seasoned woodworker, suggested his method of aligning edges on wood before cutting: dropping a chalk line on it (the fabric). That worked like a charm and was the best thing about the whole ordeal. Actually sewing the decorative stitch was a pain, trying to keep it from getting mired up in the feed dogs. And the minky underneath slid and stretched, giving me some less than perfect results. I finished by adding a store-bought satin blanket binding that was on sale at JoAnn’s; they are apparently liquidating their Mickey Mouse and Carz blanket bindings so get ’em while they’re cheap! And I sewed on a Mickey Mouse embroidery patch. Next one (and there will be a next one because they’re identical twins) I will drop the chalk lines on the minky side and add strips of water-soluble stabilizer to the decorative stitching line as I go. Live and learn.
Meanwhile, went to St. Augustine for the holiday. DH was excited to look up a yarn shop he’d found on a google search. We drove to the location, and it wasn’t there. So we checked out a couple of fabric stores listed in the local phone book. Lonnie’s Fine Fabrics is now a dry cleaners and Simply Sew is a computer shop. And there’s not a JoAnn’s; people have to go to the Mothership in Jax or to the other Big Box, Hobby Lobby. Discouraged, but I did get a few clearance items and oddities for future projects.
We did go to the beach before any of the other nonsense, though.