NEW BLANKET: WONDER WOMAN!!!
Imagine my ecstatic glee when I ran across this wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Wonder Woman fleece on the clearance table during a recent trip to the fabric store. I was simply overjoyed and threw the bolt into my cart without any hesitation. God knew I should have my childhood hero fleece because He left me the final 2 yards on the bolt on the $4 or less clearance table. God knows the little things in life make me happy.
I knew right away that I wasn’t going to waste any of the fleece with the tie-blanket method. The biggest decision I faced was whether I wanted to buy matching red fleece for the backing. Another layer of fleece would definitely keep me warm during the winter. In the end, I decided to go the super simple route – just add a border around the Wonder Woman fleece. Less chance of me screwing up a simple blanket.
I started with red double fold bias tape, but what I should have started with was navy blue quilting bias tape. This is what I get for not thinking ahead or having a better plan in place. Two red flags caught my attention before I sewed the red double fold bias tape to the fleece. One, the red tape didn’t stand out as much as I thought it would against the pink background. Two, the normal double fold tape looked really small.
Even with the two red flags waving frantically in my small little mind, I forged ahead with red tape. I only bought one package of tape because I was unsure how much I would need (and I didn’t want to involve mathematics). The red tape completed one long edge and half of the shorter edge. Honestly, I wasn’t happy with the starting results anyway. The tape was too small, and the red didn’t stand out.
During a trip to the fabric store, I bought two packages of dark blue QUILTING bias tape. Honestly, why didn’t I think of using quilting bias tape before? Sometimes, I am such an idiot. Seriously, a major idiot. Because I’m much much lazier than a perfectionist, I didn’t even bother ripping out the red tape. I didn’t have the patience, and I didn’t want to take the time to rip out the stitches. Besides, this is MY blanket. No one will know but me.
So, I simply lined up the dark blue tape with the fleece edges and just sewed! At the time of the sewing, I had borrowed my sister’s sewing machine and my mom’s sewing kit, which meant I didn’t have my supplies and had to make do with what was available. And what was available? Black thread on the bobbin. Teal thread on an old spool. Meh. Good enough. Mismatching thread wasn’t going to stop me from completing my blanket.
And the end result? A new Wonder Woman blanket! For me! And I love absolutely love it! More importantly, I tried something new — using bias tape as a border to make the blanket a little prettier. It’s perfect and completed just in time for winter’s end! Hello, sunshine! Yay! But now that the blanket has a border, can (or should) I turn it into a quillow? Can a quillow consist of one side and a border? Hmmmmm.
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