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(21 Posts)
nanapug Sun 10-Jul-11 21:20:12

Me again!! I am now knitting a multi striped pram blanket in garter stitch. I am actually copying a very expensive designer one which has a "factory made" fine knitted binding, which is very soft. Needless to say I can't buy this anywhere, but it would take far too long to knit up. I don't want to use conventional binding as it is not pliable and don't want to knit or crochet a border as it is too thick for that. Have looked on the internet but can't see anything so would love some thoughts please.

Baggy Sun 10-Jul-11 21:26:40

T-shirt fabric. You can buy it by the yard or cut up a garment made of cotton jersey fabric.

Notsogrand Sun 10-Jul-11 21:51:19

Blanket stitch the edges in a slightly thicker wool?

Notsogrand Sun 10-Jul-11 21:52:04

Or double/treble strands of the blanket wool?

Joan Mon 11-Jul-11 14:02:53

I once cut strips of fine lace curtaining to edge some knitting. It was the same colour and it worked. I machine sewed it on.

ninnynanny Tue 12-Jul-11 13:05:34

How about buying some lace and sewing it along either straight or gathered or you could sew it both sides.

nanapug Tue 12-Jul-11 16:03:19

Thanks for the ideas. I think the idea of using t shirt type material is the way I will go, thanks Baggy. As it is a thick multicoloured (dark purples, greens, reds, brown, white, turquoise etc.) blanket, a lacy trim would not suit. Should have described it better sad It will be good to envelop all the ends too, as there are many.

Baggy Tue 12-Jul-11 16:45:26

Oh good. Hope it works. I used T-shirt fabric to bind a bathmat that I made out of old trousers and towels. We've had it for years and it is still going strong.

nanapug Wed 13-Jul-11 14:59:43

Yay, found some great non fraying t shirt type stretchy material in John Lewis today. Delighted with it. Colour great and not too expensive. Just need to finish the blanky and sew it on now....... Thanks again everyone x

nanapug Sun 31-Jul-11 20:01:47

Am absolutely delighted with the finished article. The t shirt material went on beautifully and makes it soft and stretchy. The bright stripes look lovely on the black pram. My DD is really pleased with it too. Not cheap to make though but hey ho, thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Thanks again for every ones help x

Baggy Sun 31-Jul-11 21:05:05

Glad it was a success, nanapug. smile

nanapug Mon 01-Aug-11 17:25:38

Thank you baggy

syberia Sun 25-Sep-11 09:39:28

Hi there, Baggy I am intrigued by the bath mat made of old trousers and towels, can i have a bit more info on how it's done please. I am really into recycling and making new from old and the bathmat seems like a great idea. Thanks smile

Annobel Sun 25-Sep-11 09:48:53

My MiL used to make rugs and mats out of old tights. I was never interested enough to ask exactly what she did with them, but she must have dyed them as they were usually mixed pastel colours.

glassortwo Sun 25-Sep-11 10:47:16

My DD wants a large arran throw she has seen one knitted in a store knitted on large needles, anyone know of a pattern or where I would find one.

glammanana Sun 25-Sep-11 11:47:54

glass google "Aran throw knitting pattern" and you will find e-bay have them for £2.50.Lovely smile

glassortwo Sun 25-Sep-11 11:58:26

Thanks glamma smile

greenmossgiel Sun 25-Sep-11 12:05:23

syberia - I've begun making a 'rag rug'! HildaW* has done many of them and recommended a book which I bought from Amazon, which gives very simple instructions as well as more ambitious projects. It's called 'Rag Rug Making' and is by Jenni Stuart-Anderson. I bought my hessian from ebay, and have been cutting up old clothes ready to make a start. Good luck! smile

glammanana Sun 25-Sep-11 12:31:32

You are welcome glass I had one made in a dusty pink it look's good on the end of my bed,(when I can wrestle it away from DGD when she visit's)she use's it to wrap up all her dollie's.

glassortwo Sun 25-Sep-11 13:07:41

glamma found a few on ebay but DD prefers this one and it was free grin

glammanana Sun 25-Sep-11 15:12:51

Fabulous glass bet you would need big needle's for that grin