Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece Baby Blanket

September 22, 2017By Angela WolfEmbroidery, Quilting 1 Comment Opinion by Paid Consultant

When I found out that a dear friend of mine was going to be a great-grandmother for the first time (whoo-hoo!), I thought this would be the perfect project to create and share. Follow the steps below to build your very own adorable fleece baby blanket!

Skill level:

  • Easy

Machines used:

Features:

  • Scanning with ScanImation Scanning Frame and InnovEye 2 Technology
  • Embroidery
  • Quilting

Supplies:

  • Yard of 58” wide fleece fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • All-purpose sewing thread
  • Medium weight tearaway embroidery stabilizer

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Choose a font.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Click on the letters and use the icon for adding capital or lowercase letters.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Add a Disney® embroidery design. I found this design within THE Dream Machine; there are also numerous fun designs on iBroidery.com.
  2. Choose a spot on one side of the fabric and hoop the fleece fabric with medium weight tearaway stabilizer.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Add a plastic topper to keep the embroidery from embedding into the fabric.
  2. Embroider.

Designer Tip: DO NOT tighten the hoop too much or the fabric can get hoop burn.

After embroidering, I showed the blanket on my live Facebook show and someone mentioned there was a comma missing after “love” – of course this was after I un-hooped the fabric and turned the sewing machine off. I decided this was a good time to test the ScanImation feature!

  1. Fortunately, I had not cut away the stabilizer yet so I re-hooped the fabric and stabilizer.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Using the same font as the lettering, I opted for the minus sign over the comma.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Scan in the fabric.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Sit back as the hoop will move around while the fabric in the hoop is scanned into the sewing machine.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Here you can see the image of the embroidery on the fabric and the minus sign.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Move the minus sign around, rotate and change the size.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket
Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. After seeing how the minus sign looked, I thought about trying a different symbol. Click on “Add” and choose a different symbol from the same font category.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Move the new symbol in place, rotate, and adjust the size.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Delete the minus sign.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Add a plastic topper and embroider.
Note: I did not use topper in this photo so you can see the embroidery.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket
Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Tearaway the embroidery stabilizer.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket
Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

Quilting the Blanket

  1. Fold the fabric in half, as shown.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Insert the folded fabric into THE Dream Fabric Frame with the embroidery side up.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket
Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Stitch free motion embroidery or stipple the entire blanket. Stitch around the embroidery design and stay 5” from the edges of the fabric.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket
Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Flip the back around and stipple the rest of the blanket, staying 5” from the edges.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Remove the fabric.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Trim off the selvages and cut open the side with the fold.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Cut from the edge of the blanket to the stitching. Cut every 1” as shown.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

  1. Continue to cut around the entire blanket.

Embroider and Quilt an Adorable Fleece baby Blanket

That’s it! You can tie the sliced edges together or leave them just like this. By quilting the two layers of fabric we covered up the backside of the embroidery and created a warmer blanket. A blanket that will be truly cherished for many years 😊
We would love to see photos of your blankets! Be sure to use hashtags #StitchingSewcial, #brothersews and #angelawolf

Cheers,
Angela
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