The first thing I ever learned how to sew was a baby blanket for a cousin’s new baby girl. That baby girl will be turning 15 this year. Craziness. Since then I’ve tried to make a blanket whenever there is a new little one. As soon as we found out we were having our son I dragged my husband to the fabric store to help me choose fabric for Steven’s blanket. New babies get blankets. That’s just the way it is.
With another cousin having a beautiful baby girl it was time to make another blanket. I’ve made baby blankets what seems like a zillion different ways, but this is my current favorite. I take a yard (of each) of two coordinating fabrics. Place them right sides together and then even them out. I sew a seam around the edges leaving a few inches of space open on one side (just enough to turn it out). It gets turned right side out and then ironed. Then I make three simple lines of stitching around the edge of the blanket. Easy peasy.
I figure everyone is always gifted a ton of warm, plush blankets. I like this one because it hardly takes up any space. You can roll it up and throw it in your diaper bag easily. It works great to cover the car seat or throw on the floor to play on. Obviously, it works as a light blanket too.
Like everything else, I used my Silhouette to personalize it. I took this design and modified it by taking out the word “beautiful” and adding her name in the hot coco font. I cut a stencil out of stencil vinyl and then filled it in with black fabric paint. I love how swirly and feminine it is.
Look at that sweet little window…
The shelf and blocks pop out a bit thanks to the help of foam mounting dots.
I may have overdone it on the pink, but I don’t get a ton of chances to make super girly things. Now it’s back to all things blue…gee thanks Thomas!