Friday, June 18, 2010
Create Your Own Baby Blankets
The arrival of my little grandson (July!) has renewed my interest in sewing. I used to sew all the time. I made clothes for myself, my children, and my husband, and lots of gifts for friends and family. I got to the point where I was too busy to really concentrate on it and would only do an occasional project. My husband bought me a new Singer sewing machine when we were married in '79, and it was pretty worn out from extreme use, so I bought a Janome machine a couple of years ago that I LOVE. It purrs like a kitten. And now I have geared myself back up to do some sewing. Yea me.
I noticed one of the babies in the nursery at work was wrapped in a cotton gauze blanket which I thought was a really great idea. I looked up the website and thought they were pretty pricey (1 for $19.99, 4 for $44). So I decided to make my own and made them for about $7 each. Watch for sales at Joann and Hancock and pay even less. The gauze is great for summer.
I made these blankets about 45" square, which for 45" fabric, each blanket required 1 - 1/4 yards.
I folded over a 1/2" hem on all 4 sides and pressed. Then I folded over another 1/2" and pressed again. A hot steam iron really helps.
My machine does a lot of fun stitches, which I used on my blankets, but just a straight or zigzag stitch would be fine. I made some flannel blankets, too.
I found this cute alphabet print at Hancock. I love cute little animal faces.
I layered it with batting and backed it with muslin.
I machine quilted around each square.
I think there were 64 squares, but it really didn't take all that long.
It turned out to be really soft and cute.
I loved making these blankets. It is a great way to do a special baby gift. Especially for your baby's baby. : )