Whew, what a week! Apparently my book is shipping early, and people are already getting their copies. I also have some super exciting news that I think I'll get to share with you tomorrow. (Trust me; it's good.) To take the edge off, it's been good to immerse myself in the drive for Pets Alive, our favorite no-kill animal sanctuary. Last post, we talked about making kerchiefs for the adoptable doggies, and now we'll focus on another big need the shelter has: winter bedding. Pets Alive specifically asked for comforters, cut down to twin size or smaller (to fit into their washer/dryers). So today I'll show you how to take one large comforter and break it down into three smaller blankets perfect for a dog and a couple kitties. Here's how to do it.
- a comforter
- yard stitck
- chalk or other marking tool
- satin blanket binding (dividing a large comforter into three blankets required 1-1/2 packages of binding)
Start by marking out the lines for the new blankets with your chalk and yardstick. I decided on one long blanket, and two smaller ones. Cut the comforter up along your lines.
Warning: if you have pets at home, now is the time they get super involved.
Now get out your blanket binding to finish off those raw edges. As you'll see, it's really wide and opens up on a fold.
Turn in the ends of the binding and pin to the raw edge of your comforter so it's encasing the edge.
Pin all along one side. If you only have one side to finish, you'll cut the binding at the end and turn in the binding edges like you did at the beginning. If you have more than one side to finish, you'll need to do a mitered corner. I'm going to show you a quick and easy fake mitered corner.
At your machine, begin stitching along the edge of the binding. It helps to use a walking foot so all the layers feed easily, but it isn't necessary.
Stitch all along the side. When you get to the corner, stitch all the way to the edge and stop. Remove from the machine and clip your threads.
Next, fold the binding around the corner, producing a mitered effect.
Pin it in place.
Pin the binding to the rest of the edge as well.
When you get to the end of the last edge you need to bind, cut the binding, leaving about an inch.
Turn in the raw ends of the binding and pin, as you did at the very beginning.
Go back to the mitered corner. Start stitching again on side 1 again, overlapping with your previous line of stitching for 1/2" or so.
When you get to the corner, drop your needle all the way down, lift up your presser foot, and pivot so that you're now stitching down side 2 of the comforter.
When you get to the very end, backstitch. Make sure to trim threads very close, as some critters are known to chomp on threads.
That's it! Of course, you can bind all around the comforter, but this way leaves you more seam binding (to do another comforter perhaps! I plan to check out our local discount stores for more), and I don't think the pups and cats will mind at all.
Last night, my mom sent me a picture of some adorable dog-themed fabric she found (and then proceed to cut out 22 kerchiefs!), and it inspired me to create a Flickr group for the Pets Alive Drive.
Please join the group, and show off your efforts to help! I'd love to see your fabric choices, your kerchiefs and comforters, and of course, your furry friends!
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