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The Sewing Experiment

A few months ago, I was walking around a quaint little down town area and stumbled upon a child boutique. There were many beautiful things. However, the one thing that really caught my eye were these beautiful crib blankets. Obviously well and custom made, I was taken aback by how soft and cute and cuddly they were.

My youngest is a blanket fiend. She’s a full-on Linus who carries her blanket wrapped over her shoulder while sucking her thumb. She would LOVE these blankets. I flipped over the price tag. YOWZERS! $150? For a blanket? Really? I did a double take. Yep. $150.

So, as disappointment set in (knowing that it was nap time, that the drive home was almost two hours, that I had forgotten to bring her a blanket, and that I would NEVER EVER in a million years spend $150 for a baby blanket), the light bulb simultaneously brightened.

“You can make that. And not only that. You could make that and sell it. And maybe you won’t spend $150 for a blanket, but obviously someone out there will. Or maybe they won’t spend $150, but maybe $100 or $80 or even $50.”

So, during the drive home, while my youngest was sleeping and the other two sang along to “Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakel” (can I just insert here that whoever invented DVD players for minivans is a GENIUS?), I devised an entire business plan revolving around selling high end, luxury baby blankets. Never mind that I don’t have my sewing machines anymore. Never mind that I haven’t sewed anything real in say, I don’t know, ten years or more. Never mind that I don’t own any sewing supplies. I was going to start a business selling baby blankets.

So, under the guise of making blankets for my daughters for Christmas (and my nieces and nephews who also happen to be blanket fiends), I began going to fabric stores. I priced fabrics. I researched sewing machines. I began buying fabric for my Christmas-present-blankets. Still didn’t have a sewing machine, but no matter. It was going to happen.

Then I purchased a lemon of a sewing machine on Craigslist. Should not have done that, lesson learned. But at least I got a ruffler foot out of the deal. I researched how to make ruffles, because all high-end blankets (at least for little girls) have satin ruffles. I gleaned the web for baby blanket tutorials and found these. God bless these crafty women and the blogs they write!

Minky Blanket with Satin Trim, Satin Ruffle Making (where I learned what a ruffler attachment was), Minky Blanket Tutorial (which answered a lot of questions I had before I even got started), and another cute Baby Blanket Tutorial (I just love the fabrics in this one).

Oh yes, I can do this. I WILL do this.

And I dropped the bucks on a new, very functional, but not cheap sewing machine. It was my early (and only) birthday present. It arrived yesterday.

I pulled it out of its box, read the manual, wound my bobbins, sewed the different stitches on a piece of fabric, just to know what I had to work with, and then I went to bed. The visions of blankets not yet made danced in my head (it’s never to early for Christmas, in my opinion).

Today, I pulled out some remnants I had purchased and made a small cut. I learned a little. I started figuring my way around my machine. And I finished a satin and minky comfort blankie for my little Linus. She’s sleeping with it right now.

And I feel accomplished. I really think I can do this. I don’t want the money I spent on this machine (and all the accessories and sewing notions and fabric) to go to waste. And neither does my husband, who I will now and forevermore lovingly refer to as “Hubs” in this blog.

My next project, outside of baby blankets, will be to upcycle old sweaters into cute little winter hats. Of course, my girls will be the guinea pigs for this project, but I’m sure they won’t mind.

I have six blankets to make in the next two months. Just to distract myself, I may try a hat or two. I’m going to try different things on each of the blankets and see how they turn out. With the leftovers, I may make some comfort blankies and put them on etsy and see what happens. Who knows? Only time will tell if this endeavor (and my follow-through) will succeed.

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