Thanks for everyone's comments on the Baby Sleep Sacks below. A tutorial is in the works!
This first one is for my nephew. My sister-in-law and I actually have the exact same due date, so we'll see how close these two cousins end up being born.
The flannel top is a pirate print.
I did 3 layers of flannel for the chenille: red, light blue, and brown.
This next blanket was an experiment, so I planned to keep it for our baby girl--just in case my idea didn't work out. I was reading in the little pamphlet on my Chenille Blade and it said you could sew straight lines on the bias, or curved.
So my big idea:
SEW WAVES RATHER THAN STRAIGHT LINES
So rather than sewing straight lines diagonally on the bias, I drew a wavy center line down the center.
I worked my way out from the middle, sewing the lines 1/2" apart.
DID IT WORK?
I'd say yes and no.
From the beginning I worried about the sections that would wave off the bias, and how that would fray differently from the true 45 degree bias.
Yes, it was a concern. Sections of the chenille frayed in shaggy strips rather than fuzzing up like the true bias cuts. So on the back of the blanket, there were sections of longer shag fray.
You can see the long shaggy fray strip in the center.