Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Make Me January ~ Ta Dah!!!!

Way back in November, the wonderful Sandra of Cherry Heart posted about her newest pattern the "Painted Roses Blanket".  Right then I knew that I had to make it!  I had been wanting to crochet something for my mum and this was exactly what I had been looking for!

I've shared the process of this creative journey here and here and finally the blanket is complete.  I am so very pleased with it - and my mum was delighted when it was presented to her during the half term holidays.

So... shall I show you?!

Ta Dah!!!

The weight of it is so comforting - with the teddy throw sewn to the crochet blanket.  It provides substantial warmth and is pretty and functional!!

I added buttons to the centres of some of the painted roses - partly because they look pretty and partly because it helped to attach the fleece backing to the crochet front.

This combined with the edging teeny weeny flowers around the whole painted roses squares means the fleece blanket is attached thoroughly.  I sewed the fleece to the red single crochet stitches using red embroidery thread. This meant that the fluted edging is not backed but it frames the blanket well giving a little more drape.

I added a very homemade label to the back - embroidered with 'Made with Love' and Nov - Feb 2015.  I haven't hand sewn in a while and it certainly showed but it held a simple charm - especially with it being a vintage, embroidered coaster originally.

I love it.  And have loved making it.  I've enjoyed every step actually.  I'm hooked again and really want to start my next crochet project imminently!!!

As you can see with the number of photos!!  Before I gave it away I had a real play with photographing it.  The trouble being that there has been very little sunshine here so they were all taken indoors...

Sandra also shared her painted roses cushion made in more muted tones which I really love and is a less time consuming project.  I definitely think I'll make one soon - although I have two other crochet projects already on the hook!  I can't recommend this pattern enough and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my finished blanket.  Take care lovely people, 

J9 x


  1. Such a lovely make, I do like your label on the back. It's just as pretty as the front! I bet your mum really appreciated your gift x

  2. It's absolutely lovely, you've made a beautiful job of it. It would be perfect for a narrow boat. I like the clever way you attached the fleecy backing as well, with the buttons and the sewing round the flowers. I can see why your mum likes it so much. Good job you! CJ xx

  3. Beautiful, I'll bet your mother loves it :)


  4. It is gorgeous!! I love the teddy bear backing and the way you fixed the layers together with the buttons, and of course, the crochet is fabulous!!! I am sure that your Mum will love it!! xx

  5. Oh my! That is simply amazing, I'm not surprised your mum is thrilled with it. Lucky lucky mum! You've done a great job photographing it too btw 😉

  6. Great colours! I love that pastelly shade of blue. I never thought of sewing fleece to the back. It must feel so cosy and be the perfect weight for cold winter evenings! What was your mother's reaction?

  7. A bit of a late comment on this one, but I am making the same blanket this year due to my love of narrowboats. Loved what you did with this one to make it more unique. Take care.