Friday, June 18, 2010

Create Your Own Baby Blankets

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. : )


Amby said...

Awwwwww :-)

Matushka Anna said...

I love making baby blankets! I'm doing one in filet crochet right now using my own pattern. So much fun.

Vickie said...

That is so cool, Anna. I need to crochet again.

Carrie said...

Super cute!!

happeningswithLana said...

GREAT job Vicki! I love making baby gifts. This year I made bibs. I always do burp rags.

Vickie said...

Thanks Carrie and Lana! Burp cloths are fun, too, and I made some easy ones using cloth diapers. I will be posting those soon.