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Bundles of Blankets

What better way to bundle up than with a pretty new blanket? Personalized blankets are all the rage right now in boutiques and catalogs. The CoverPro and Shell Tuck blankets below would be perfect baby shower gifts. And the lovely White Lily blanket would be just the thing for anew bride and groom. These projects feature simple embroidery accents, but you could also add a name and date for an extra special touch. Janome embroidery machines are known for their monogramming and lettering precision.

CoverPro Baby Blankets

Janome Supplies Required

  • CoverPro 1000CP or 900CP
  • Standard foot
  • Seam Guide
  • Janome Overlock thread
  • CoverPro needles

Optional Embroidery

  • Memory Craft 11000, 10001, 10000, 9500 or 300E
  • Embroidery design of choice
  • Clothsetter
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery foot P
  • Janome Embroidery thread
  • Janome Bobbin thread
  • Janome Stabilizer
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11


Fabric and Notions Required

  • 29"x40" white, pink for blue polar fleece
  • Madeira Decor thread
  • Woolly Nylon thread (pastel rainbow)


Blue Birds on White

  1. Set up the CoverPro 1000CP for 3-thread Cover Hem. (CoverPro 900CP use 2-thread)
  2. Thread the needles with Janome Overlock thread to match your fabric.
  3. Thread the lower looper with the Woolly Nylon thread.
  4. Turn under 1" on each side of the blanket.
  5. Working from the wrong side, serge along the raw wedge of the fabric, stitching right to the end. Turn over each corner as you progress around the blanket.
  6. Use your Memory Craft to embroider as desired.


Fairies on Toadstools

  1. Set up the CoverPro for a Chain Stitch.
  2. Thread the left needle with Janome Overlock thread to match your fabric.
  3. Thread the lower looper with Madeira Decor thread.
  4. Adjust the needle tension to 6.0 and looper tension to 2.0.
  5. Turn under 1" on each side of the blanket.
  6. Working from the wrong side, serge along the raw wedge of the fabric stitching right to the end. Turn over each corner as you progress around the blanket.
  7. Use your Memory Craft to embroider as desired.


Puck & Friends on Blue

  1. Set up the CoverPro 1000CP for 3-thread Cover Hem. (CoverPro 900CP use 2-thread)
  2. Thread the needles with Janome Embroidery thread to match your fabric.
  3. Thread the lower looper with the Janome Overlock thread.
  4. Attach the Seam Guide.
  5. Turn under 1" on each side of the blanket.
  6. Working from the right side, serge along the raw edge of the fabric stitching right to the end. Turn over each corner as you progress around the blanket.
  7. Use your Memory Craft to embroider as desired.


Baby Blanket with Shell Tuck Edging

Janome Supplies Required

  • Memory Craft 11000, 10001, 10000, 9500
  • Embroidery design of choice
  • Clothsetter
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery foot P
  • Satin Stitch foot F
  • Janome Embroidery thread
  • Janome Bobbin thread
  • Janome Stabilizer
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11


Fabric and Notions Required

  • 28"x39" soft knitted fabric
  • 4 yds 3/8" soft satin ribbon
  • Ribbon Floss (optional)
  • Soft Silk or Tricot (optional)​


Instructions

  1. Set up the Memory Craft for Professional-Style Embroidery.
  2. Select Embroidery Mode.
  3. Select embroidery design(s) of choice.
  4. Place properly stabilized fabric in the Embroidery Hoop using the Clothsetter for perfect placement.
  5. Attach the hoop to the machine.
  6. Stitch design.
  7. Set up the Memory Craft for Ordinary sewing.
  8. Attach Satin Stitch foot F.
  9. Select the Shell Edge stitch. Adjust the width to 7.0 and length to 2.0 Set the tension to 8 - 9.
  10. Position the ribbon so half of it is underneath the main fabric and fold the remainder over the top.
  11. Position the work so the left drop of the needle penetrates the main fabric while the right hand drops over the edge of the satin ribbon with out piercing it. In this way, you wrap the edge and shell tuck at the same time.
  12. Sew around all sides of the blanket.


Optional Edges

Use the following techniques to achieve a different Shell Tuck edge.


Ribbon Floss or Decorative Cording Edge:

  1. Turn under approximately 5/8" on your fabric.
  2. Place the Ribbon Floss alongside the fold.
  3. Set up the Memory Craft using a Shell Edge stitch as above.
  4. Sew the shell edge along your fabric, making sure the right drop of the needle does not catch the Ribbon Floss.
  5. Trim the fabric at the back of the work close to stitching.


Contrasting Silk or Tricot Edge:

  1. Cut a strip of silk or tricot approximately 1 ½" wide.
  2. Fold it down the middle length ways.
  3. Turn under 5/8" along the edge of the main fabric.
  4. Set up the Memory Craft using a Shell Edge stitch as above.
  5. Position the soft edging fabric under the main fabric with approximately 1/8" of the folded edge protruding.
  6. Work the Shell Tuck along the edge of the main fabric.
  7. Trim away excess soft edging and main fabric from the back.


White Lily Blanket

Janome Supplies Required

  • Memory Craft 11000, 10001, 10000, 9500
  • PC Design Card #1017 (White Lily Collection)
  • Clothsetter
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery foot P
  • Janome Embroidery thread
  • Janome Water-Soluble stabilizer
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11


Fabric and Notions Required

  • 60"x45" Velour Polar Fleece (main fabric)
  • 83"x45" Floral Patchwork fabric (backing fabric & binding)
  • Vilene 541 soluble stabilizer
  • Cardboard for template
  • Water-soluble pen
  • Protractor


Fabric Preparation

  1. Cut a backing piece from the floral fabric the same size as the fleece. Place strips aside; they will be used to cut bias strips for the binding.
  2. Fold your main fabric in half lengthwise and mark with water-soluble pen.
  3. Fold fabric again crossways and mark; this establishes the centre of the work.
  4. Set up the Memory Craft for Ordinary sewing.
  5. Select Straight Stitch #1. Set to the longest straight stitch and loosen the tension a little to assist with the removal of these stitches later.
  6. Baste along both marked lines.
  7. Measure 10 1/2" to the left and right of the vertical centre line and mark.
  8. Measure 16" above and below the horizontal centre line and mark. 

Professional-Style Embroidery

  1. Set up the Memory Craft for Professional-Style Embroidery.
  2. Insert PC Design Card #1017 (White Lily Collection).
  3. Select Embroidery Mode.
  4. Press the PC Card tab. Select design #31.
  5. Layer the Vilene, fleece and Janome Water-Soluble stabilizer.
  6. Place the stabilized fleece in the Embroidery Hoop using the Clothsetter for perfect placement.
  7. Stitch the design in all four areas.


Instructions

  1. Set up the Memory Craft for Ordinary sewing.
  2. Select Straight stitch #1. Adjust length for basting.
  3. Layer the fleece and floral print, wrong sides together.
  4. Pin through both layers from the centre outward across the width and length, and then diagonally. This ensures the layers remain smooth and even.
  5. Baste through all layers.
  6. Baste again at 6" intervals from top to bottom and from left to right.


Scalloped Corners

  1. Divide each corner by 45 degrees and mark a 12" line from the corner towards the centre.
  2. Make a circular template 10 1/4" diameter 5 1/8" radius. This allows a 1/8" seam allowance.
  3. Bisect the circle with an angle of 188 degrees. Further bisect this angle at 94 degrees and draw a ling right across the diameter of the circle. This gives you the centre line of the corner scallop.
  4. Align the template centre line and the 45 degree angle line on the blanket and trace around the circle finishing at each end of the 188 degree angle.
  5. Place the template on the fleece to the left and right of the corner and scallop.
  6. Align the edge of the circle with the straight edge of the fabric and the 188 degree point of the scallop.


Binding

  1. Take the remaining 23" of the floral fabric and cut across the bias into 3 1/4" wide strips.
  2. Join the strips together to create a long length of bias fabric.
  3. Fold in half along the length and press.
  4. With right sides together and mitering all corners, attach the bias to the blanket matching raw edges.
  5. Fold the bias over by approximately 3/8", turn to the back and slip stitch into place.