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  1. Bordered Blanket Apparel I and Apparel II

  2. Supply Purchase Blanket Front: 1 yard Contrasting Blanket Back: 1 ¼ yard Thread Suggested fabrics: Soft firmly woven cotton or cotton flannel

  3. Cutting Use a rotary cutter and board Cut the blanket back 41” x 41” Cut the blanket front 31” x 31” Alternative Size: Adjust blanket for desired size keeping the back 10” longer and wider than front

  4. Marking Using a fabric marking pencil or chalk, mark the center on each edge of the blanket front and on each edge of the blanket back on the wrong side Find the center by folding fabric in half and finger press

  5. Marking Unfold and mark the center

  6. Marking On the wrong side of blanket front, measure and mark ¼” at the end and beginning of each long edge. This indicates the beginning and end of each seam.

  7. Construction With right sides together, match one edge of blanket front to blanket back matchingthe center marks Pin

  8. Construction: Seam #1 Seam #1: Sew a ¼” standard seam, beginning ¼” from the end of blanket front and ending ¼” from the end of the seam using marks as guides Backstitch beginning and the end of the seam Trim threads

  9. Construction: Seam #1 Press seam flat Open fabric and press the seam to one side

  10. Construction: Seam #2 With right sides together, construct 2nd seam directly across from Seam #1 following directions for Seam #1

  11. Construction: Seam #1 and 2 Complete

  12. Construction: Seam #3 Move blanket front to match Seam#3 and construct just as #1 and #2.

  13. Construction: Seam #4 Construct Seam #4 as #1, #2, and #3 EXCEPT, leave a 4.5” to 5” opening for turning blanket inside out The opening should be in the middle of the seam, not near the corner Backstitch at the beginning of the seam, at the beginning of the opening, at the end of the opening and at the end of the seam

  14. Construction: Seam #4 Opening

  15. Construction: Mitered Corners A mitered joint or corner gives a professional appearance to the blanket

  16. Construction: Mitered Corners Lay out blanket and equally distribute the Border by measuring with a seam gauge Measurement should be 2 ¼”

  17. Construction: Mitered Corners Fold up excess corner fabric forming a smooth corner

  18. Construction: Mitered Corners Lay the excess down to one side and press

  19. Construction: Mitered Corners Flip excess the other direction and press

  20. Construction: Mitered Corners Mark the crease created by pressing Pull the back away from the corner before stitching

  21. Construction: Mitered Corners Pin in place using the marking as your guide Sew seam Backstitch beginning and end

  22. Construction: Mitered Corners Trim excess fabric and threads

  23. Construction: Mitered Corners Miter the 3 remaining corners

  24. Construction: Turn Inside Out Using the opening created in Seam #4 turn blanket inside out

  25. Construction: Reduce Bulk in Corners Turn out the mitered corners If corners are not crisp and flat, reduce bulk by trimming excess fabric in the point

  26. Construction: The Finish Lay out blanket and equally distribute the border Press blanket

  27. Construction: The Finish To secure opening in the seam and prevent shifting of the front and back fabrics, sew a decorative stitch on the seam such as a zigzag stitch Pin the front to the back at the seam Sew the decorative stitch Beginning sewist should use blending thread/experienced could use contrasting thread Tip: make sure you have plenty of thread on your bobbin

  28. Construction: The Finish: Pin

  29. Construction: The Finish