Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Duck and Bee" Receiving Blanket

Every baby needs receiving blankets and this is one of my favorites to make! This is a great gift when you are wanting something special, but don't have a lot of time. You will need 1 1/3 yards of good quality flannel for the blanket, and less than a yard for the bias binding. The blanket is a 36" square and the corner piece for the embroidery is a 18" triangle. Complete the embroidery on the triangle first, then add the bias strip to the top of the triangle piece. Pin and baste the triangle to one corner of the blanket and machine or slip stitch the bias binding to the blanket. Make and stitch the bias binding to the outer edges of the blanket. You can refer to the "Bias Bound Collar" blog if you need instructions for making and stitching bias binding.

Feel free to print the "Duck and Bee" embroidery design and enlarge or reduce it to the size you need. The instructions for all the stitches are in the "Heirloom Embroidery Book."

DMC Floss: Black, 598, 611, 646, 722, 743, 772
Use 3 strands of floss for all stitches
Outline Stitch- Duck's Body, Collar, Grass, and Antennas
Back Stitch- Beak and Feet
Lazy Daisy- Wings
Running Stitch- Bee's Trail
Bullion- Bee's Body (Number of wraps: 5, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 5)


The Hilliard Family said...

I love it! Tell me how you transfer the pic to your fabric.

Michie' Mooney said...

Thanks! It was so much fun to do. Lay the fabric on top of the design and trace it off using a blue wash-away marker. The markers can be purchased where sewing notions are sold. If I have trouble seeing through the fabric, I turn a glass baking dish upside down and put a small flashlight under it to make a light box.




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