Have you ever wondered if there’s a fabric that captures the idea of soft cuddly kittens on a fluffy cloud? Well I have, and let me tell you that it doesn’t get much closer than double gauze after its been washed. This fabric substrate has been gaining popularity in the modern sewing industry for a couple years now and once you’ve felt it, it’s easy to see why. The material has a natural softness and coziness which makes it a great option for scarves, apparel, and all things baby.
The fabric itself is essentially two layers of thin gauze held together through small little pinpricks that make it feel light and effortless against the skin. Although be warned, because once you make one project with double gauze, you’ll be finding excuses to put it in more and more projects!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of working with double gauze to make a cozy baby blanket as a sample for the shop! It was so fast and easy to whip up that I thought I would share a quick tutorial for how to make one of your own.
Fabric Used: Space Thistles Pink Metallic Double Gauze
Time Spent: 2 hours total (!!!)
Materials: (2) 1 yard cuts of double gauze, (1) crib sized package of batting, pearl cotton or embroidery thread
1. Take your fabric and cut it to make sure that you have (2) 36 x 42 inch identical rectangles. Double gauze can tend to fray, so use a zig-zag stitch or a serger to finish all of your edges before you start sewing.
2. Take your batting out of the package and cut it down to a 36 x 42 inch piece.
3. Now its time to make the batting sandwich. Take the two pieces of double gauze and place them right sides together, then place your batting rectangle on top of your double gauze. If your double gauze is shifting on you, try using painter’s tape on the corners of your rectangles to keep the fabric in place.
4. Carefully pin around your 3 layers, leaving a 4 inch opening on one of the sides.
5. Now sew around the outside of your rectangles with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, careful to leave that 4in opening unsewn.
6. Pull the blanket right sides out through the opening and give the blanket a quick press to make sure the corners and edges are poked out all the way.
7. Topstitch all around the outside of the blanket with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I would recommend using your walking foot, if you have one, to help your stitches look as even as possible and to prevent the top layer from “walking” forward as you stitch.
8. Now its time to tie your blanket! I used pearl cotton to tie my blanket] but you could also use yarn or embroidery floss to get a similar effect. I would suggest spacing your ties 4-5 inches apart for a nice cozy feel.
- Here is a great tutorial for tying a quilt if it’s your first time with the technique. http://quiltingintherain.com/2010/11/how-to-tie-quilt.html
9. And now you’re done with the most snuggly blanket ever! Keep it for young ones of your own or gift it and spread the joy of double gauze.
At Urban Spools, we have a great selection of Japanese and Cotton + Steel double gauze prints that will jumpstart you on a newfound love affair with this luxurious fabric.
Upper Left: Ephemera Navy- Bespoke Double Gauze
Upper Top Right: Ephemera Peach- Bespoke Double Gauze
Upper Bottom Right: Ephemera Pink- Bespoke Double Gauze
Left Side: Pinwheels Pink
Bottom Right: Space Thistle Pink Metallic
Upper Right: Constellation Double Gauze
I hope you enjoy working with this fabric just as much as I did!