How To Line A Knitted Blanket With Fabric: 3 Cool Methods

We all know how challenging it is to finish a knitted blanket, but do we know the challenges of how to line a knitted blanket? This article will shed light on attaching fabric to your knitted blankets, as well as knitting the perfect edge.

It will also talk about how to maintain the tidiness of your knitting project. So feed your curiosity and read on!

 

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Steps On Hand Sewing A Knitted Blanket’s Lining

 

Step #1. Prepare the materials

The materials you would need are your knitted blanket, a tapestry needle, crochet thread, scissors, iron and ironing board, and pins. The pins are to secure your project if you want to put off finishing your project for a while.

 

Step #2. Measure the fabric, then pin it down

Lay your blanket and fabric on a flat surface with the right side down. Then, begin measuring your material by lining it with the inside of your knitted blanket’s border and fold it down.

Next, pin the fabric lining to your knitted blanket. Get it as precise and smooth as possible. After measuring it out, keep it pinned to itself and remove the pins from your knitted project.

 

Step #3. Iron the fabric and cut the excess

Iron your fabric thoroughly until all the creases have been pressed down. As you iron the blanket, cut off the excess fabric but keep about an inch or an inch and a half for your borders.

 

Step #4. Mitered corners

Create a mitered corner on all the corners of your fabric. For your reference, a mitered corner is when two sides are joined at a 45-degree angle. To do this, press the 1″ sides so at the corner you will have 1″ x1″ square.

Then, cut across the point where the 1″ x1″ square meets. After cutting the corner, fold the sides and then pin it.

Do this for all the corners. Afterward, continue pressing on it, then join it with your knitted blanket.

 

Step #5. Re-align and re-pin

This time, you’re going to re-align and re-pin your blanket and fabric together. The knitted material should have its right side facing down, then lay your fabric on top of it with the right side up. Afterward, realign and re-pin the fabric’s corners and edges to the inside of the borders of the material.

 

Step #6. Sew

First, thread your tapestry needle with a crochet thread that matches your knitted material. Then, double knot the end of your long side thread once it’s through the tapestry needle.

Keep it at only a few feet to prevent your yarn from tangling. Although this method involves re-threading your crochet thread into your tapestry needle, it would prevent you from stressing over your tangled yarn.

To sew the fabric onto the material, give yourself space to backtrack and do a backstitch. Tighten the thread, but do not overtighten it. Constantly check if your blanket and fabric are aligned.

Make sure that your cloth doesn’t bunch on the sides. To do this, grab the fabric and material on the center, then continue stitching.

Take the pins off only after you are done stitching that section. You’ll be done lining your knitted blanket after you’ve stitched the fabric onto it.

 

Sewing methods to attach fabric onto your knitted blanket

Attaching fabric to your knitted blanket is easy, especially if you know how to sew. You have to do a running stitch across the fabric to join it with the blanket, and you’re done. However, you can use more types of stitches to attach your cloth to your knitted material.

 

1. Overcast stitch

This kind of stitch connects the fabric while allowing the knits to stretch. This is also recognized as the whip stitch and is commonly used when lining bags.

 

2. Blind stitch

This stitch is more inconspicuous than the overcast stitch. However, it’s not as sturdy. Despite this, it is still an excellent method to line your knitting project, especially if you want an “invisible” stitch.

 

3. Blanket stitch

This stitch is more suited as a foundation stitch or a decoration on the edge of your knitted piece and the fabric lining.

 

Steps on how to knit the perfect edge

This part of the article will talk about how to maintain clean edges on your knitting projects. Here is one example of how you can prevent messy edges.

To get the braided sides of your knitting project, slip the first stitch of every row. To do this:

  1. Insert your right-hand needle over your left-hand needle. The tail of the yarn should also be in front.
  2. Slip that stitch off the needle without doing anything else to it.
  3. Bring the tail between the two stitches and the two needles, and continue knitting across the row.

 

Conclusion

Lining blankets may be easy to follow through, but they’re tedious. Despite this, you’ve pulled through, and you now know how to line a knitted blanket with fabric. Before starting your next project, pat yourself on the back first for doing an excellent job at lining your blanket!

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How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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