Edging receiving blankets with yarn in your serger – free tutorial from Relief ShareBy
Folks have asked how we finish the edges of some of our Relief Share receiving blankets. We love to use up everything that is donated in – nothing wasted, so if we have yarn that may not be enough for a blanket or baby cocoon, etc, we can use it on the edges of the receiving blankets.
Here is how we do it. PS. You can use rayon thread, yarn, crochet cotton, etc with this technique.
1. Rewind the yarn on a ball winder to make sure there are no knots and to get the tension even. Trust us – this is an important step, don’t skip it or you will be fighting with your serger in the middle of a project and probably broken thread.
You can see we have two yarn winders – the white one is for smaller balls and the larger metal one can wind up to 4 balls of yarn on one spool. The white yarn winder is quiet, and the large one can get loud but is so convenient when dealing with larger amounts of yarn.
2. Replace the thread in the upper looper with the yarn (3rd position over from the left). It is easier to change the thread for the yarn if you cut the thread just above the spool, before it enters the serger, then tie the yarn to the thread and pull it through it all the way to the looper. Cut the knot and thread the looper with the yarn – viola! Saves time and frustration.
We use thread holders for the yarn so there are no problems with tension.
3. Tension settings are set to 3 for needles and upper and lower loopers. Adjust your differential feed if you need to so there are no puckers.
4. Cut your flannel in 1 yard pieces so you have 44/45″ x 36″ blankets.
5. Fold the flannel in half and then in half again the other way so all 4 corners lay on top of each other and placing a bread plate on the corner, cut with a rotary cutter to round the corners. You can cut each corner individually, but this is a quick way to cut all 4 corners at the same time.
6. Serge the receiving blanket in one continuous edging, going slow around the corners and pulling slightly with the left hand and no tension on the right so your corners are nice and even. This takes a little bit of practice. If you don’t have the tension on the fabric correctly when doing the corners, the serging will go off the edge and you will have to do the corners over again. Once you get the hang of it, you can make receiving blankets very quickly with this technique.
7. When you get to the beginning of where you started serging the receiving blanket get, keep serging over the beginning for an inch, stop the serger and flip the fabric upsidedown, then serge for another two inches on the underside of the fabric to catch the stitches so they will hold. Cut the serger tail off.
Here are a few of our receiving blankets we did today for donations out: