Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Baby washclothes

A break from paper crafting, back to an earlier project I tried, really liked & needed to repeat.  My first attempt at flannel/terry faceclothes were 7" x 7", a bit small but passable.  I got the idea from Pintrest, and I can't remember the original site to credit to save my life. 
On the left is paired & waiting for the serger, the right is waiting for tidying.
Another assembly line job.  A few days ago I did all the cutting out.  I ripped the flannel to save time.  I did the terry cutting with a rotary cutter & board on the floor.  I can tell you, it is a great "butt" workout, since all those muscles are still speaking up!
The top (pink) a perfect corner, the duckies show knobby corners, I will tell you more about that.

Hack away the excess before coming to the corner so the serger can make nice corners.

Boomer being a Ham!  He paused long enough in his rocketing around the house for a picture.

A fierce wilder-beast hiding among the vegetation.  Indoors is his natural habitat. 

A cat can pretend, a kitty needs to enjoy his imagination.  He's been dumped in the sn*w, It doesn't impress him for some reason.

I don't measure so well it seems.  My attention wandered, whatever.  It was easy to line up one corner (2 sides) make 2 sides flush & 2 sides goofy.  I start where my finger points, and serge along the 2 goofy sides, then it all works out by the end.

Here is where I pause serging to hack away a piece big enough for the blade to get around.  
 Some of them I didn't lop off, so the extra fabric bulges the stitches to make nice knobby corners, (shown in the second, tri-corner, picture) in case that is the look you want to go for.
Then stitch right down to the edge. 

Hand-wheel off the edge one or two stitches, leave the needles up.

Lift the presser foot, pull the fabric to your right & turn that corner.

Then jam it right back in there, back in alignment, lower the presser foot and continue sewing until you run out of corners. 

When the pile was all done I pulled the chain tail, tied an overhand knot as close to the stitching as possible, and clipped the remaining tail off.  There are great Youtube videos for many serger brands showing how to do this with all the specifics of their brands.  That's how I learned how to make my Brother serger turn the corner.  This would be a great student learning project, or a "re-acquainting with your patiently parked serger project."  Its also a good idea to show the serger some love by cleaning it before putting it away. Mine just got a mighty "puff" to blow the lint out ;-)

I hope everyone is surviving winter and enjoying making things, or at least goofing off!

1 comment:

  1. Mine had to go to the 'spa' as it needed some serious down time. :( Which reminds me - it's Wed. I can go pick it up. good thing as I've got a stack of stuff to do. ;)


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