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New babies in the family always bring a joyful noise! And they present the opportunity to make my favorite gift ? a baby blanket with matching burp cloths. When grand niece Kinley arrived, I made a quick trek to the fabric store and cam...


New babies in the family always bring a joyful noise! And they present the opportunity to make my favorite gift ? a baby blanket with matching burp cloths. When grand niece Kinley arrived, I made a quick trek to the fabric store and came home with 2 yards of coordinating baby flannel and two cones of complementary Woolly Nylon serger thread. I like to prewash my fabrics, so once that was done and the fabric pressedaccent pillow case baby canvas nursery, I placed the flannel pieces, wrong sides together, on a large cutting surface. I cut the largest square possible given the dimensions of the fabric and used a dinner plate to round the corners. A few pins at the corners helped keep the layers together. I then threaded the Woolly Nylon in the loopers of my serger with cotton thread in the left needle and created a balanced 3-thread wide overlock stitch around the entire edge. I always keep the fabric scraps to test the stitch settings to achieve the perfect stitch.

With the remaining fabric, I cut the largest possible rectangles, still with the fabric placed wrong sides together. I then adjusted my serger so that the stitch finger (or tongue) was in the rolled hem position. Using the same threads and left needle, and after testing to achieve a balanced narrow edge, I finished the edges of the burp cloths. Using a seam sealant at the corners prevents the threads from unraveling but be sure it dries soft to the touch.

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Hopefully one day I will get a picture of Kinley swaddled in her new blanket sleeping peacefully! I’ll bet her mom and dad hope the blanket does the trick!

If your best friend in the entire world is getting married soon, you should start thinking about what you’re going to get her for a present (or two). Keep in mind, however, that you don’t have to only get her one thing or even two! You can always come back to any of these ideas and give her a “just because” gift another time. But for now, these gift ideas should be perfect for any wedding present.

Here’s a tip from Ed Roux, author of a series on heirloom sewing techniques for WeAllSew to add a special finish on any project by using ribbon and the Binder attachment #88 for unfolded bias tape. Read on to learn how to bind edges with ribbon.

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