How To Make A Deer Skin Blanket: 7 Easy Steps

If hunting is your passion, you must know how to make a deer skin blanket if displaying antlers is too grotesque for you. Initially, the practice of using deerskin as blankets is an American Indian tradition. Today, showing a deer skin rug in the middle of the room evokes a sense of pride in its owner.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a gorgeous deer skin rug. Showcase your love for hunting by turning the leftover parts of a dead animal into something beautiful.

 

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Materials Needed

Of course, this project needs a deer’s skin. Since the source is hard to come by, you must wait until hunting season, or if you get lucky, chance upon a dead one on the side of the road. As a hunter, be responsible enough and only hunt adult ones to allow premature fawns to grow and reproduce.

You will need a plank of wood to mount the deerskin to and hold it in place. In this case, prepare two pieces of wood measuring 2-by-4 inch, one pair about 4 feet long and another that’s 6 feet long.

To cut the thick slabs of wood, have a 6-inch metal blade at hand. Be warned of all the blood and flesh you will clean out of the skin. Prepare a big bucket to place the deerskin inside.

You’ll also need at least 1 gallon of non-chlorinated water—rainwater will do. It would help if you had other excess materials and tools. Using nails and a hammer will keep the deer in place so you can work on it.

If you prefer tying, a rope measuring 12-14 feet is beneficial. Tying it to the board with at least four nylon cords (30-foot) helps, too.

Finally, you will need a broad paintbrush with large bristles. It would help if you had a great stomach to withstand the gory process of crafting a deer skin rug. Also, be ready to get your hands dirty.

As you follow the guide below, remember that your goal is to preserve the animal skin in its pristine condition.

 

Easy Guide On Making A Deer Skin Blanket

 

Step #1. Stretch the skin

Let the wooden frame lay flat on the ground. Create holes at the side of the wood where you will let the nylon cord pass. With the skin pressed flat on the wood, pull the nylon strings until you stretch the skin to capacity.

 

Step #2. Dry the hide

Plan a strategy on when you will remove all the moisture in the hide. The cheapest way is by letting it dry during the summer season. This process is called “tanning.”

Find a spot where you can lean the frame to let it dry. A good place is beside a tree because it’s under the shade so that the hide won’t dry out faster. Also, protect the carcass from scavengers roaming around.

 

Step #3. Scrape off the flesh

With the sharpest knife you can find, gently scrape off the flesh from the skin of the deer. Scrape as much as you can until the layer of the skin becomes thin. If some membranes still cling to it, leave it as it is and proceed to tan the hide.

 

Step #4. Tan using the brain

It would help if you kept the brain of the deer earlier for this next step. If you discarded it already, an alternative is to buy two pig brains. You will mix the brain with rainwater in a blender.

With the flesh side facing you, grab your paintbrush and begin applying strokes of the blended brain. Then, check the hide if it’s damp. At this point, your flesh must be dry for it to absorb the solution like a sponge.

 

Step #5. Apply coats of brain

You will apply a thick coat of the mixture to the flesh. After doing so, you have to wait an hour before applying another coat. Then, wait another hour.

 

Step #6. Let the hide cool and dry

Overnight, the hide should suck all the brain bits. In the morning, once dry, apply another coat and wait another hour. Once you notice the leather all dried up, place wet rags on top of the fleshy side and dry directly under the sun.

 

Step #7. Soften the hide

With the rope, pull the hide to and fro and roll it over repeatedly. The skin should soften eventually, although the process itself is labor-intensive and time-consuming.

 

Do deer hides improve the quality of the blanket?

More than the warmth it provides, the look of deer hide on the shroud makes it sought after. The leather makes a good enough blanket.

If you want the blanket to function more like a blanket rather than a decoration, adding liners can help. For added warmth, you can stitch materials like fleece and flannel under the hide.

 

Conclusion 

There, you already know how to make a deer skin blanket easily. Now, you can brag about your latest hunting victories over your friends once you put the rug in the living room. Any guest will admire the beautiful deer skin you crafted.

how to machine quilt a baby blanket

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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