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Baby Bed and Bath Time Gift Set

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Materials
  • A ready-made receiving blanket, or you can make your own from the fabric of your choice
  • A piece of flannel to fit the size of the design you are going to embroider
  • A blank baby bib
  • Tearaway stabilizer
  • Sticky tearaway stabilizer
  • Iron-on soft lining (optional)
  • Water soluble stabilizer (optional)
  • Rick-rack for embellishment (optional)
  • Sewing thread

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Any new mom (and baby) will appreciate and enjoy a bath and bed time gift basket with bath goodies and a snuggly receiving blanket for the nighttime tuck in. A bib is always useful for that bedtime snack!

    The embroidery for the receiving blanket will be done on a separate piece of flannel and then trimmed and stitched to the blanket so the embroidery back will not be against baby’s skin.


    Step 1:
    Gather the materials and read through the instructions before beginning. Print out a paper template of the design and color sequence.

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    Step 2:
    Cut a piece of flannel and tearaway stabilizer to fit the hoop needed for the design. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer.

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    Step 3:
    Place the hooped fabric on to your embroidery machine, confirming placement with the paper template. Remove the paper template. Add a water soluble stabilizer topping if you are embroidering the design on flannel. Stitch the design, following the color sequence.

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    Step 4:
    Remove the fabric from the machine, un-hoop the design and remove the excess stabilizer. If you have difficulty getting the water soluble stabilizer out of the small embroidered areas, you may wish to place a damp paper towel over the design and press it with a warm iron.

    Tip: I moisten the paper towel with a mix of water with a few drops of liquid fabric softener, then press with the paper towel over the design.

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    Step 5:
    At this stage, you can draw a shape free-hand around the embroidered design, or you may trace around a circle or other shape to make the patch. I drew freehand and then trimmed closer to the design. Position the patch on the receiving blanket wherever you like.

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    Step 6:
    Pin the design in place and stitch around it on your regular sewing machine. Your blanket is now done!

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    Step 7:
    Now on to the bib. Fold the bib in half, right sides together, and press to determine the center of the bib. Hoop the sticky tear away stabilizer and peel the backing off according to manufacturer’s instructions. Place the center line of the bib along the center of the hoop.

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    Step 8:
    Open the bib and press the other half firmly onto the sticky stabilizer. Check your placement with the paper template.

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    Step 9:
    Place your hooped bib onto your embroidery machine, confirming the center of the design. Remove the paper template and stitch the design following color sequence. You may wish to use a water soluble stabilizer on the bib, depending upon the type of fabric.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the project from the hoop and trim the excess stabilizer around the design. Remove the water soluble stabilizer following Step 4 above.


    Step 11:
    If you wish to embellish the bib with matching rickrack, pin it to the outer edge of the bib and sew on you regular sewing machine.

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    Step 12:
    Your receiving blanket and bib are ready to add to your gift basket.

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    Step 13:
    Congratulations! You have finished making some baby a very happy baby! You can add bath items and a matching basket to complete the gift. These projects can be made to match any nursery color scheme or theme.

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    Meet The Author: Martha Montgomery
    Martha has been sewing since childhood. She is a maker of garments, quilter and machine embroiderer. Martha loves all things fabric and fabric-related.

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