It’s National Sewing Month!

Wonder if I can sew an article every day of this month, in honor of National Sewing Month?

Today is already the 4th, so I’m a little behind…but hey! 💡 I did mend 2 pairs of pants in the last couple of days…that counts as sewing, doesn’t it?

And I noticed on Pinterest that Jalie pinned one of my recent projects, their skirtini, on their Customer Creations board!

I decided to start with something super-easy, the fleece blanket. This remnant piece of fleece is an Irish four-leaf clover motif with Celtic sort-of knot designs, in several shades of green, and white. Didn’t care about the size of the remnant, what it is, is what it is. It’s going to be one of those throws you curl up in to watch TV on the couch at night in the dead of winter.

rounding edge

Using a soda can to round the edges of the blanket

I had an abundance of fleece binding in the stash. A long time ago I bought a bulk package of Wright’s bindings on ebay and ended up with a lot of 3-yard packs of forest green. Years have gone by and I never found an opportunity to bind anything with this dark, dusty forest green fleece binding–until now. Sorry to say that I have enough of this dark green to bind a blanket the size of a football field, probably, but at least this project will whittle down some of the old stash!

Wright's fleece binding

dark green fleece binding

I discovered a very old, unused spool of dark-green thread in the stash, and started off making a bobbin.

bobbin winding

Winding a bobbin of forest-green thread

Open up the folded binding and sew it to the edge of the fleece (right side of binding is together with wrong side of fleece, and you’re sewing on top of the wrong side of the binding), using the first fold to the left of your machine’s needle as a sewing guide. You could save yourself some seam ripping later by NOT sewing down the first half-inch or so of the binding. When you get to the point when you have to add more binding, fold over the side edge and finger-press it under, then add the next piece on top of the one you’ve been sewing, so the rough edge is folded under. It would probably be ok to leave the edge unfolded. It doesn’t seem to want to fray much. But it might after washing a lot, and it looks a bit more finished folded under.

fold binding edge under

fold edge under and finger-press, using thumbnail is good

fleece binding

Add next piece for continuous binding

As you’ve probably already sewn the beginning edge down due to not paying attention to what I wrote above, you may have to get the seam ripper or scissors and remove about a half-inch of the thread where you started sewing the binding to the edge, and fold it under.

Once you’ve sewn one edge of the binding all around the perimeter of the blanket, fold it over to the other side and then sew it down. You will be stitching on the right side of the fleece binding, through the fleece and the other right side of the binding on the bottom.

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That would have probably taken about an hour, if I hadn’t had a dentist’s appointment in the middle of the project. Super easy!

I’ve gotten some comments about how difficult some people find sewing to be. Some people are just a natural at sewing, some (like me) are, unfortunately, a klutz. It makes all the difference if you have a good teacher, and if you don’t succumb to discouragement. You can probably google any specific sewing problem and find a tutorial that will help you SUCCEED!

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