Sunday, February 23, 2014

Crafting-

I had went back to buy a little more fabric for the second blanket but walked in on a major fabric sale. I actually wish I had bought more, the deals were amazing. I did end up buying enough fabric to make two extra minky blankets, plus some cuddle fleece to make some cuddle blankets. Not bad for the price, and I was happy with how things turned out. I got more of the robot fabric (it's just so fun/cute) I made two of those. I also bought two bird/tree fabrics that I liked. They would have went wonderfully with V's nursery, and since the twins are going to be getting his room (brown/blue) and probably the same theme, it'll do nicely for them too!
The minky blankets went a lot smoother since I made the first one. I used this tutorial to give me an idea of how to approach it, but did what worked best for me. I made the hem bigger on the first one, but that made things sloppy for me so I actually made it much smaller on the others. It went much better. I'm still not the best at sewing a straight line, but it's close enough. I'm really happy with them. They seem solid, and they are sooo soft. The bottom is a bubbled minky fleece and the top is actually cozy flannel. In the end it was cheaper than buying these types of blankets from the store (especially with the sale price) and I was able to really personalize them too. Not bad!

I'm also working on two crochet blankets. I wanted more vibrant colors than what I usually do, so I picked out a dark plum and teal. I'm working on the plum currently, and while I've got a fair bit done it feels slow going. Sewing blankets goes so much quicker, I managed to make two in under an hour. Crocheting can take days, weeks, even months, depending on how aggressive you're being. It's worth it, but sometimes I get distracted from completing the task or I get tired/bored.
The pattern I'm using I found here, and it's the same one I used to make others before (including V's). It's hard to see from the photo, so I shared another photo of one I did in years past. I really like it, but it takes a lot more focus than the basket weave pattern I use (made some for friends/families babies, it's my other go-to pattern). It would probably go quicker if I used that pattern, but I really love the way this shell one looks when it all comes together.

I'm trying to pass the time, and this helps. We're getting closer and closer to viability, but I still get anxious... I'm trying to stay positive and reminding myself that things look good though.

7 comments:

Mrs Bishop said...

You know I love me a crafty post ;-) I love those minky blankets, may have to dig out my sewing machine and whip some up for a few friends <3

AnotherDreamer said...

They really are pretty easy, and it's a really nice blanket considering :)

Rebecca said...

I love both blankets. I bookmarked and sent the link to a cousin for the minky blanket because she does quilting.

AnotherDreamer said...

Rebecca, thanks :) Yeah, I found that link on Pinterest it was pretty helpful and so simple!

Celia said...

Those are adorable. I am having SO MANY TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. I am so happy the babies are growing and thriving!

jessiwallace said...

LOVE those blankets. And YES to the robot fabric - that is SO cute! I'd be all over that, too! :D

iamstacey said...

The blankets are beautiful! The robot is my favorite. :) My MIL is teaching me how to crochet, and so far, I suck at it. I'm sticking with it, though! If I can just master the potholder I might be able to graduate to a blanket! :)
Hang in there, those sweet babies will be here before you know it.