It is shameless commerce Tuesday, and I've been busy adding more baby blankets to my Etsy shop. I've pictured two of my newest listings above. Love the aqua minky plush backings on both of the "boy" blankets.
Most of the blankets are 35"x35" or smaller—bigger than a receiving blanket but less bulky than a crib-sized quilt—the perfect size to take along in a car seat or stroller, or to pack along in a diaper bag. Most can also transition to toddler blankies. The tops are high quality 100% cotton prints, and the backs are ultra-soft minky plush.
I had a request to personalize one of my plush blankets for a special baby gift. I knew I couldn't embroider on plush, and the cotton print side was too "busy" to showcase embroidery, so I opted to embroider the baby's name on grosgrain ribbon. I added a tiny hand-embroidered flower, and sewed it into the side seams across one corner of the back of the blanket.
My Janome QE is a great machine, but it has limited alphabet embroidery options. (Since a "real" embroidery machine costs as much as a good used car, I won't be shopping for one of those any time soon.) I had initially tried machine embroidering the baby's name on satin ribbon. Even with stabilizer on both top and bottom, it was just too slippery. It took me six failed attempts before I gave up and opted for grosgrain. I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Next time, I'll start with grosgrain!
I found a shiny penny in the parking lot while running errands after work today. Hoping for good luck!
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