We have a new baby in the family, so I wanted to make something cuddly for her! But, this little blanket is so easy that I wanted to share with you how to make it. Great project for those learning to sew!
I actually decided on size when I saw how much fabric I already had, so sizes can vary depending on need. Do you want it to wrap up baby or to put it on the ground when they have floor time.? This one should be good until the baby is rolling, then probably too small. I used two pieces of coordinating fabric 30 X 40.
It would be a good idea to iron it before cutting because even after all these years of sewing I am still learning from my mistakes! I was kind of hurrying, so I didn't, and the back ended up being a tiny bit bigger than the top, so it isn't completely flat. Oh well, if I strove for perfection, I would never get anything done!
Then, I laid the two pieces of fabric with printed sides touching. I always pin things because fabrics tend to "crawl" when you sew them. Then, sew 5/8 inch around edges leaving an opening about six inches.
Make the opening in the middle of a side because it you do it on a corner, it is hard to look smooth when you turn it inside out to finish the edge. Trim edge about half of what is there. Seems wasteful, but you will be surprised how the edges move and how uneven they get!
Now, pull the blanket inside out.
After the blanket is turned inside out, I use something pointy to make sure the corners are all pushed out. I use scissors, but be careful, I have poked them through the fabric...very annoying!
Then, I iron the edges flat, so that I don't have to pin again, and the edges are crisp. The opening area needs to be turned under as if it was sewn. I make it easy and close that opening with the sewing machine, but you could hand sew it. Just sew very close to the edge making sure you get both fabrics. Then, I sew 5/8 inch all the way around just so the edge looks finished. Then, I added a bow. Iron again. I am big on ironing because it looks so nice and crisp, and ready to give!
This is a fun project, and so easy! You can make pillows the same way. Just fill with stuffing before sewing edge. Enjoy!
Hi, I am Sharon Farmer. I am married, have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, my parents moved down here years ago, so we share a house (Mom passed away almost two years ago now), and I am ready for a change in my life....hence the blog!