I needed something to do with my hands on my trip last week to Bountiful, Utah. After a day of class at Handi Quilter, we visited a quilt shop that I think was called Brooks Fabrics. They stayed open just for us! I especially liked their huge selection of flannels!
I picked up a kit that was assembled by a local. They hemstitched back to back flannels in various prints. Mine was a light turquoise with a “Hey Diddle Diddle” theme. The pattern sample available showed about 7 different crochet edges that could be used to finished the hemstitched flannel.
I found a website where the patterns and kits are found.
If you have never crocheted an edge that has been hemstitched, try it! You’ll like it. Without the hemstitching you would need to poke your own hole in the fabric, or cut holes using a specialty cutter. The hemstitching leaves nice even, reinforced holes.
I used a US #7 crochet needle with some variegated nylon thread to complete the #14 design from the pattern, “Doubles, Chain, Doubles”. One of these days I will complete the receiving blanket to complete the set. It will make a pretty shower gift for some future baby!
When I sprung for my first serger, I splurged and purchased a Baby Lock Evolve. It was a great decision and is a workhorse for garment sewing. I have to admit that I also like using the machine for less practical work as well. I love the versatility of chain stitching. I have used it for serger quilting and even this lacy baby bonnet. My daughter was too old by the time I braved this pattern, but I gifted the bonnet to a friend for her new granddaughter.
Don’t be afraid to try this pattern, “Evolve Serger Lace Bonnet” on Baby Lock’s website by Missy Billingsley. With a little planning, you will love using these techniques for other things as well.
The gist of the project is creating lace-like fabric by stabilizing tulle with wash away stabilizer and chain stitching the lace pattern. After that is done, your piece could be used in any traditional pattern!
HINT: Do make your tulle larger than the finished size by about an inch. The edges will be rough at entry and exit. You will want to trim these out of your final piece before assembly.