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who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Finished Project!

Most of you have been reading hints about something that I was making.
It had something to do with an over abundance of fleece.

Remember my trash to treasure project?It was a great source of inspiration for this project.

Well that and the fact that I love my flip flops and it's been cold and I've needed a blanket for our bed!

So without further ado, my project!
This was so easy to do. The hardest part was deciding what color to use out of all the fleece I had!
I didn't cut the piece of fleece down to size or anything. I just used the big chunk that I had gotten from JoAnn's and started my project. I'm 5 foot 12 inches tall and I can't stand a blanket that doesn't cover me from head to toe. Half of it is hanging over the back of the couch! It's big!
The best part about this is that I didn't measure anything! I'm a rebel like that.

So do you want a quick run down of what I did? Yes? Oh good!
Then stick around!

If by some chance you have an over abundance of pretty blankets, then you may go.

Do some of you remember #3 of my "What I learned this week" post?
Well this is what I was talking about!You see I wanted a way to put a decorative crocheted edge around the blanket and had no idea how to go about doing that. So I put in a search on Google and realized that there was a special blade called a Skip Stitch blade for my Rotary cutter. You just run this along the edge of your fleece and it puts perfectly spaced holes in it so you can crochet your edging! Way cool!!
I am loving the possibilities of this tool.

Okay back to the making of my blanket.
I first cut out a flip flop pattern using card stock. Make it as big or as little as you want. Have fun with it.
Then I picked out from my stash of fabric all the different patterns and simply pinned the card stock to the fabric and cut them out. I cut the little thong part freehand and sewed it to the flip flop using a straight stitch.
I then used Heat Bond to secure the fabric to the fleece. Just cut the heat bond a little smaller then the flip flop itself. Use as directed on the package and align your flip flops where you want them.

After they were secured to the fleece I wanted to put a decorative edging around them, so I used the blanket stitch on my sewing machine to finish them off.
After you finished up all your flip flops you can start your edging. I chose a multi colored yarn that I already had and did a simple single crochet around the whole blanket and then finished it with a shell stitch.
See? Easy eh?

I used flip flops because it goes with our bedroom "theme". Walk around your house and get inspiration for whatever room your blanket will be used. You could cut out simple trucks for a boys room, flowers for a girls room, etc.
I hope this inspires you to try something new.

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  1. Excellent project!!! I am so impressed my friend!

    That really did turn out cute! Big you're-getting-more-and-more-like-a-homesteader-every-day hugs to you! Have a lovely weekend my friend!

  2. Love them!! Great job, great creativity!

    I went to Gooseberry patch because I saw you featured!! Love that site!

  3. Your creative sewing skills are shining here. The flip flop theme turned out very cute.

  4. I love it! I can't wait to get a sewing machine for my birthday so I can start copying you : 0

  5. That is awesome and I love the flip flops. Very cute and i'll bet very warm too.

  6. That's really clever - if are inspiring me to do something (I am just waiting for the weather to cool down).

  7. Kim, that came out adorable! :) I want one of those tools!

  8. I love your blanket! I too adore flip-flops, I actually wore my favorite pair this afternoon. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  9. Cute! The perfect thing to snuggle under and dream about summer time!!

  10. Wow! I am so impressed!! It looks absolutely great!!!

  11. Good work!! All of the flip flops make me want to go out and get a pedicure!!

    Thank you for sharing!!


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