Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cellophane for Dad's Blankie

On Monday I mentioned that I wanted to test adding some cellophane behind a couple of the squares in Dad's blankie, for added texture. I got the idea from Baby Paper.

Here's my test sample: fleece top and bottom, four layers of cellophane in the middle, serged around the edges. The cellophane is the kind used for wrapping gift baskets.
Cellophane wash test sample

My wash test sample was larger than the patches in the quilt, and my test came out so well that I don't think there will be any issues with the cellophane and the density of the quilting. The sample in the photo above went through the washer and dryer with a load of towels. Detergent, warm wash, normal agitation, tumble dry. Perfect!

For dad's blankie, I basted two layers of cellophane behind a couple random patches. The cellophane is about 1/2" bigger than the patches on all sides. The patches are about 4-1/2".
Cellophane basted behind patches
Cellophane basted behind patch
I'm backing the pieced top  with fleece, no batting, to keep it as drapey as possible. Also, since Dad's in Arizona, the extra warmth isn't needed. Here it is pin basted, ready for quilting:
Dad's blankie pin basted for quilting

I've started the quilting, using a serpentine stitch over all the piecing seams, with the walking foot. So far so good. The quilting anchors the cellophane all the way around the patches.

It's been awhile since I've had work in progress to report on a Wednesday so I'm linking up today with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


  1. Good to know that the cellophane withstood the wash, and I hope it creates some fun texture for your dad. It sounds like this one will be finished soon. Are you making any progress on the hemming?? :)

  2. Very creative way to add some texture. Sounds like you are on your way to getting your "have to" stuff done.

  3. The cellophane is such a good idea to add to the blanket for your Dad ... I would never have thought of that, clever lady. I hope it has the effect you are after :)

  4. Looks great! I'm so glad this is working out for his quilt.

  5. Hi Jan, great idea for your Dad. I wanted to mention that I recently read a tutorial for a "crinkly" sounding baby blankie and the sewist used those OVEN bags - I think it's the brand Reynolds? that make them. They were originally used to roast things in and apparently she had made several of these smallish squares with various items attached around the perimeter with ribbons etc. I feel bad I can't remember where I read this and give proper credit - but if someone doesn't have the cellophane - this is another viable option.