Friday, May 19, 2006

Woolen blanket emptyhandedness

I read Molly Chicken's post about blanket dying and I really wanted to give it a go, but the blanket gods were against me.

I spent all morning trawling round our town's 6 charity shops but there were no blankets to be had. One lady said "someone else was in here looking for one on Saturday". Has Molly inadvertently started a global blanket rush? Can you imagine, people being crushed underfoot as a throng of crafters make for the last known woolen blanket source. It's an ugly thought.

On the sunnier side of the street, look who wants to swap with me! I can't believe I will be the proud owner of one of Babybug's gorgeous bags.

I had a little bag making episode of my own for a little girl who's turning 2 next week. I was a bit too nervous to applique straight onto the bag fabric, so I made a panel and stitched it onto the bag. BIG mistake. Why oh why did I use zig zag in a contrasting thread. I really messed up the corners.

Can any real sewers enlighten me? I left the needle in and turned the fabric 90 degrees, but every one looks different, and none of them look good. How do you do it properly? I really must find a sewing class to go to.

Still, I am not going to scrap this one. I figure the recipient is only 2 and is unlikely to notice the stitching quality as she fills her bag with rocks or snails or whatever.


Angela said...

I think the bag is really cute! I have no sewing advice (no surprise there) to give though. sorry.

melissa f. said...

Oh, it's sweet-- and the first time you have to throw it in the wash you'll be glad you didn't spend ages making it perfect!

Sometimes I mark the stop mark with a pencil and then as i come up to the corner I turn the wheel by hand so it stops exactly where I want it too-- then when i pivot i can sometimes fudge a bit and move the fabric every so slightly so it starts out where it should. but really-- the nature of zig zag is all about fun, not fussiness!

capello said...

I think the bag is cute too!

As for the whole rotating the stich thing, I rotate when the end of the fabric touches the foot -- hope it helps!

Strikkelise said...

Oh, the bag is so cute! Lucky gal!

krista said...

Sweeeeet bag!! I am appreciating the tips in your comments section too, thanks!
I found a light green all wool blanket to try the tutorial with - I have never in all my life seen a white one at a thrift shop. I am hoping I can get some different greens at least out of this one huge blanket.
Hope you have better luck soon! The world needs WAY more thrift shops - indeed there is a terrible shortage.

Kristy said...

I was on the wool blanket hunt a while ago for a christmas project.Guess where they all go?For dogs to sleep on!!!That's right most of the charuty shops save them for animal rescue centres.I had to ask very nicely for them to save me a couple!BTW the bag is gorgeous!

Julie said...

This is gorgeous!!!