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.

Quick gift

“Nana, will you make me a gator blanket?”

Returning to the subject of serging with Sheila the serger, I just did not know how easy and amazing it is to do things with this machine. Another project in the book Quick and Easy Sewing with your Serger by Becky Hanson, I saw the Cozy Blanket with Overlock Binding and decided to just serge the edges of a collegiate-pattern fleece remnant I had, that would be just the size for a little munchkin to cover up with on these cold nights. Voila, it was just minutes from thought to reality.

Gator blanket ready for snuggling

The project in the book had rounded corners, but I serged straight ones. I didn’t even have to cut the selvages, the machine cut off the seam allowances as I sewed.

Of course, to everyone who has a serger and knows how to use it, this is so elementary I feel like Forrest Gump blogging about it. I guess, like him, I’m not smart. I should change the inflection of my name to Jen-nay.

Had the opportunity to go with a group and help serve lunch at a homeless shelter that is run by the Catholic church.  We went on a tour and saw the main lobby area, which was full of bedding piled up. It’s so cold, they put up cots in the lobby and hand out pillows and blankets, which are piled up the next morning and washed, every day. There’s a tremendous amount of work to be done in that place. They serve one meal a day to about 160 people, and breakfast to those who have stayed overnight in the shelter. Lots of restaurants and stores donate food but it all has to be prepared and then cleaned up. If volunteers don’t show up, sometimes all the meal prep, serving, and clean up is done by four people. I think of our sweet grandkids snuggling up with a fleecy, warm gator blankie, perhaps smiling angelically about clever Nana and her quick gift :).  Then I think about those folks out on the street bundled up in hand-me-downs, hoping that someone’s cast-off charity items will help them stay warm til the cold snap eases off for a little while. You can look in their eyes, they all have a story somewhere in there.

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