Intro: Toddler Fleece Blanket With Cars' Pattern
An easy sewing project, using a few colors of fleece. I chose 2 colors for the blanket - deep red and purple. I bought about 180 x 140 cm of each color, and ended up with a blanket of 160 x 130 cm. I bought 2 more pieces of green and blue, about 40 cm wide, to make the cars.
Fleece is not expensive, kind of environmental friendly and makes a great blanket!
Step 1: Preparing the Patterns' Templates
I've asked my kid what kind of pattern she'd like to have on her new blanket, and she said cars. I made a pattern of a beetle car from a journal. Then she asked for a truck, and then for a truck carrying sand.
The great thing with fleece if that it's rather easy to mark the pattern with chalk (at least on the left side), and there's no need for hems as fleece does not fray. So no need to leave space for hems. Just mark it and cut it on the mark.
I used two colors for the patterns, and two colors for the blanket.
Step 2: Align the Patterns on the Blanket
Had some problems picking the right way to align the patterns. Took some pictures, that were useful later.
I've decided to go for the swirl, but after marking the entire blanket, I've found out that the markings fades very quickly. By the time I got to sew the third car it was all gone. Having a picture was very useful.
Step 3: Sew the Patterns
I used a simple zigzag stich to sew the cars to the fabric. It was easier to use the super-slow sewing option of the sewing machine for the curves, and then go faster on the strait lines. Sewing was rather easy, although handeling all this huge fabric in the machine was kind of messy. I've decided to add another car on the other side of the blanket (you can see it in the first picture).
After sewing all the cars you can finely sew the blanket - left side to left side. But don't forget to stop right before you're done, turn the blanket to the other side and close it on the right side.
Wash the blanket, and you're done!