I saw this adorable customized infant blanket made by two Tinas* on everyday candy years ago, as well as I thought, “I can do that!”
Well, I was half right. though it counts as simple sewing, it took me a team to get it done. I very first tried to make one for my niece as well as needed my MIL’s mad stitching as well as quilting skillz to surface in time.
Planning the blanket was fun. I liked choosing soft material as well as colors. however between my moderate worry of the stitching device as well as my lazy measuring style, I needed back-up. My MIL assisted me source the materials, cut out the pieces (thank you!), as well as got me started with a few method stitches. Sadly, she left me with a number of pieces of my job pinned to every other however still unattached.
The kicker is that you requirement to understand the baby’s name (or initial) in purchase to begin the sewing. See my final thoughts below.
Five years later, when Sawyer was born, I had the materials at the prepared for a new blanket. So, I just waited for my MIL to come back to town, as well as VOILA,Â a half hour later — a beautiful handcrafted blanket!
The upshot is that if you’re a wiz with the stitching machine, you ought to make this classy blanket yourself. as well as if not, perhaps your mom can come assist you when you’re on pregnancy leave as well as she’s searching for jobs around the house. After she’s filled your freezer as well as cleaned the bath tub a second time.
1 lawn of lovable flannel patterned material (can be made into swaddle blanket if you provide up!)
1 lawn of soft, fuzzy infant minkie material
1 foot of soft wide-wale corderoy in complementary color (for the circle)
1 foot of soft-ish black denim or felt (for the initial)
Stitch-witchery or other iron-on adhesive
Enough high quality thread for stitching it up
Patience, tenacity, a working stitching machine
Materials alone were about $50, as much as purchasing a good one. however I got sufficient for two blankets.
1. print a design template letter. utilize Word to make a very big lowercase letter in a serif font style up until you’re happy. print as well as cut the template. cut out the letter on the black material exactly.
2. cut out pieces. I traced a dinner plate to get my circle round as well as of a great size. I cut my letter based on the design template plus a second shadow letter in a different color (optional). I cut squares as huge as I might evenly get them. Hey, I told you measuring wasn’t my strength.
3. connect the letter as well as circle. utilize iron-on adhesive to attache the letter(s) to the circle. Run it with the stitching device to make it additional secure.
4. sew the circle to the flannel. connect the circle around the edges to the flannel material. You’re practically done.
5. sew the front to the back of the blanket together. set out the two squares of material so the right-side-outs are dealing with each other. Pin it so it doesn’t wiggle. stitch around the perimeter 3 1/2 sides. Squish the whole blanket together as well as force it with the hole so you can see the blanket right-side-out. Tuck in the ragged edges as well as stitch the rest together.
6. (OPTIONAL) quilt it together even more. If you understand what that means, do it. If not, no big.
Though I really like my completed product, I discovered that waiting on infants to be born in purchase to do the preliminary frustrating. because the letter is the very first step. In keeping with Whitney as well as my theory that monogrammed gifts are problematic, I suggest either providing this blanket “special lovey status” (meaning it never needs to be shared) or choosing the last preliminary instead of the very first (Warning: be sure you understand the baby’s last name! This is not always obvious).
Dalia relaxes in central Park on my blanket. Suksess.
* As far as I can tell, The two Tinas are no longer making these blankets either. Do you expect they got frustrated waiting on infants to be born before they might get started?