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Thread: Flannel Blanket with Crochet Edge

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    Has anyone ever made a flannel blanket or quilt with a crochet edge for the binding?

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    No but my daughter got one as a gift, it was nice.

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    I have. They are easy to do!

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    Sure would love to see a picture of one tho...

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    I made one for my newest cousin born in June. It was super easy to do. I used fleece material. Here are the instructions I used.

    Prepare the fleece. There are several ways you can do this. You can blanket stitch around the entire piece of fleece. You can use a serger to serge around the piece and then crochet in the serger stitching. Or you can go through and make holes around the edge of the fleece. This is the method I use. I use a ruler/tape measure of some kind and washable marker to make marks 1/4 inch apart about 3/4 inch in from the edge around the entire blanket. If you have a small (1/16) hole punch you could use that to make the holes. I use a seam ripper and just poke it through the fleece at every mark. With this method as you are crocheting you'll occasionally come to a hole that has closed up (or that you skipped) and you'll have to punch it again. I don't know why this happens, but it does, so just keep the seam ripper handy so you don't have to wander off to go find it.

    Now comes the fun part!! Once all the holes are ready. Single crochet into each hole with a chain inbetween each single crochet, all the way around the fleece rounding the corners by putting 3 single stitches in each corner. There is no need to count and when it comes to the second round you'll be fudging thenumbers a little to get it to come out even. Chain three when you get to the end to get up to the next row. The second row will be: double crochet, double crochet, chain one (repeat). Your chain will count as the first double, then double crochet again into the single crochet below it. When you chain, skip a stitch on the single crochet row so you get a little space between the two doubles. (Is this making sense?) For corners: 2dc, ch3, 2dc. These spaces make a great place to weave in a ribbon for an extra special touch. Chain one to get up to the next row after you've gone around.
    The third row is the hardest. This row makes a cute, little bumped edging. Single crochet in the first double below then in the "hole" or space you created in the second row make one single crochet, chain two, and another single crochet. Repeat. So it will be *sc, sc, ch2, sc, sc* repeat around the outside edge. For the corners: sc, ch2, sc, sc, ch 2, sc. When you get all the way around finish it off. If you have to add a few stitches or skip a few to make it come out even it won't matter. Just play around with it a bit until it looks right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynn7448
    Has anyone ever made a flannel blanket or quilt with a crochet edge for the binding?
    Never thought of that. I'll have to try it on one of the baby blankets I'm making.

    Thanks for the idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt
    No but my daughter got one as a gift, it was nice.
    Do you remember if it was a single layer/piece of flannel or was it double?

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    I am going to make one of these fleece ones too for my grandchildren, but the flannel one is a gift and is due first. Thanks for the instructions.

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    I've made lots of these. You can purchase a blade to go on your rotary cutter that will make the tiny holes in the flannel to crochet into. Nancy's Notions has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spark
    I've made lots of these. You can purchase a blade to go on your rotary cutter that will make the tiny holes in the flannel to crochet into. Nancy's Notions has them.
    I just bought one of these blades, so I am ready to go. I was going to make a baby flannel rag quilt until I received this blade. If I can make it double layered and go through both with the skip stitch blade, this is now what I plan to do.

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    I've made quite a few of them. I just serge the edge with a narrow rolled hem then just used my crochet hook to poke the hole through the flannel. Have never had a problem with it not going through. I just eyeball the distance and it turn out well. Fun to do and new moms just love them because they are so light. And the cost is so low - just takes a little time - but it's mindless TV work. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma sue
    I've made quite a few of them. I just serge the edge with a narrow rolled hem then just used my crochet hook to poke the hole through the flannel. Have never had a problem with it not going through. I just eyeball the distance and it turn out well. Fun to do and new moms just love them because they are so light. And the cost is so low - just takes a little time - but it's mindless TV work. Enjoy!
    Did you make them single or double layers of flannel? That's what I thought........do my sewing and then finish while watching TV.

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    HOpe you post a photo! What could be more fun, quilting and crocheting!!

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    Annthreecats, thanks so much for the instructions. I am making receiving blanket using double layers of flannel. My daughter had some when her son was born and they are wonderful. So, I thought I would make some and do the crochet thing around them. Love the look of the crocheted edging.

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    I made some flannel blankets and my grandmothe crocheted around the edges. I really liked them. I would post pictures but they have been packed away for 30 years,

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    Thamk you for the instructions!

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    I used to do it for baby blankets all the time.

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    There are some great visuals on this website:
    http://sewforthandsewon.wordpress.co...-stitch-blade/

    They are using a specific tool but you can get some great ideas.
    Ann in TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats
    I made one for my newest cousin born in June. It was super easy to do. I used fleece material. Here are the instructions I used.

    Prepare the fleece. There are several ways you can do this. You can blanket stitch around the entire piece of fleece. You can use a serger to serge around the piece and then crochet in the serger stitching. Or you can go through and make holes around the edge of the fleece. This is the method I use. I use a ruler/tape measure of some kind and washable marker to make marks 1/4 inch apart about 3/4 inch in from the edge around the entire blanket. If you have a small (1/16) hole punch you could use that to make the holes. I use a seam ripper and just poke it through the fleece at every mark. With this method as you are crocheting you'll occasionally come to a hole that has closed up (or that you skipped) and you'll have to punch it again. I don't know why this happens, but it does, so just keep the seam ripper handy so you don't have to wander off to go find it.

    Now comes the fun part!! Once all the holes are ready. Single crochet into each hole with a chain inbetween each single crochet, all the way around the fleece rounding the corners by putting 3 single stitches in each corner. There is no need to count and when it comes to the second round you'll be fudging thenumbers a little to get it to come out even. Chain three when you get to the end to get up to the next row. The second row will be: double crochet, double crochet, chain one (repeat). Your chain will count as the first double, then double crochet again into the single crochet below it. When you chain, skip a stitch on the single crochet row so you get a little space between the two doubles. (Is this making sense?) For corners: 2dc, ch3, 2dc. These spaces make a great place to weave in a ribbon for an extra special touch. Chain one to get up to the next row after you've gone around.
    The third row is the hardest. This row makes a cute, little bumped edging. Single crochet in the first double below then in the "hole" or space you created in the second row make one single crochet, chain two, and another single crochet. Repeat. So it will be *sc, sc, ch2, sc, sc* repeat around the outside edge. For the corners: sc, ch2, sc, sc, ch 2, sc. When you get all the way around finish it off. If you have to add a few stitches or skip a few to make it come out even it won't matter. Just play around with it a bit until it looks right.
    How about using Tiger Tape. Wouldn't that be easier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncredbird
    There are some great visuals on this website:
    http://sewforthandsewon.wordpress.co...-stitch-blade/

    They are using a specific tool but you can get some great ideas.
    Ann in TN
    This is a great! Thanks!

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    There are several tools designed for the purpose of making the holes on the edges evenly spaced. There is the Skip Stitch blade, EdgeryDoo, Edge Perfect Blade, and the Simplicity Deluxe Rotary Cutting Blade Blanket Stitch. There may be others. If you google any of these you will find tutorials and illustrations for their use and projects to use them with and also directions for the edging patterns. In addition there are examples at Project Linus and patterns. I made several drag around projects for my grandchildren when they were little. Now they are getting big enough to start requesting quilts. There are also some leather working tools that I would think you could use for the same purpose. I know my dad had some that made evenly placed slits in leather when hit on the top with a hammer. Don't know the name of it but if you have access to something like that you may try using it instead of investing in one of the blades. Ann in TN

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    Thank you for the idea. Sounds like fun.

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    How neat is that! I never thought of crochet as an edging. I'll have to try that. Thanks for the idea.

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    go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtLkkJs-kXI for a video (project linus ladies) on crocheted edge blanket using the skip stitch blade (i bought from joyce middlebrooks whose husband invented this blade in two sizes).
    there is another web site www.crookedbrook.com.....they sell embroidered fleece baby blankets. i actually did the crochet edges on four of the blankets they have it posted on their site. don't think me a bigot, but kind of tickles me to see my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynn7448
    Has anyone ever made a flannel blanket or quilt with a crochet edge for the binding?
    I have made several of them back in the days when a single layer of flannel was much thicker than it is today. Now I would only use a double layer of flannel and tack it several times in the center so it wouldn't get wonky after washing.
    My favorite "go to" baby gift for co-workers was a large terry cloth square with a crocheted edging. Most baby towels are only large enough for an infant and my towels were large enough to get a child thru kindergarten.

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