If you're like me, you planned approximately 76 projects more than you could actually accomplish this Christmas. I find that some of the first projects I complete in the new year are late Christmas presents. Luckily, practically everyone in my family is born in February, so I get a second shot at the enterprise. Here's what early January brought for my littles: These are the coziest blankets evah. I made them with wool batting and some gorgeously soft fabric we have here at the shop. The best thing about the project?! It's super quick.... lightning speed, if you ask me.
The fabric I used is Nani Iro Double Gauze pocho (seriously the softest cotton out there) and Birch Fabrics- the Charley Harper collection. The wool batting makes the duvets lofty and airy, yet they feel like electric blankets, which happens to be just the right thing for a polar vortex, if you know what I mean. Here's how to make them:
1 1/4 yard each of 2 fabrics.
a 45" square of wool batting
Step 1: Sandwich your fabric and wool batting together.
Put your batting down first. Smooth it out without stretching it. Wool Batting is quite loosely woven.
Put both pieces of fabric, right sides together on top of the batting (see below).
Step 2: Pin all three layers together on all sides, leaving a 5" inch section on one side free and open. We're going to call this our "No Sew Zone".
Step 3: Draw a line or x's through your sew zone with a fabric erasable pen.
Step 4: Sew all the way around, starting on the line on the left hand side. Pivot with your needle down at the corners and stop when you reach your second No Sew Line.
Step 5: Trim the corners (careful not to clip your stitching). This will reduce bulk in the corners.
Step 6: Turn the duvet right side out thru the no sew zone.
Last Step: hand stitch the opening closed, and voila! You're done!! 2 or 3 hand quilting (really, just a running stitch would be cool) lines will add a little stability and keep the layers together through multiple washes.
Keep warm! xoxo, the Finch