I always find myself wanting to start projects this time of year. The cold winter months seem to drag unless I keep myself busy! It is also a great time of year to get organized and start the year on the right foot. I love to be prepared for birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, etc. At the beginning of the year I always try to collect and make my “gift stash” for the rest of the year. My favorite baby gift is this darling designer style blanket. I made several of these when I had my baby and let me tell ya… they are the best!
This is such a simple blanket to cut and sew. It is cheaper than a double sided minky blanket with binding. Plus it’s perfect for Winter and Summer babies!
The supplies you will need:
1 1/4 yard woven cotton print fabric
1 1.4 yard minky fabric
thread to match
and sewing supplies
Start off by washing and drying your fabric according to it’s directions (check the bolt or online guides when purchasing). Once they are dry, iron the cotton fabric.
I like to make my blankets a little bigger. My favorite size is 40 x 40 inches, it seems just perfect to wrap up and snuggle a little baby. Most minky fabric comes 60 inches wide, so if you wanted to get more for your money, you could make 2 blankets with the width by making them 30 x 36 inches. Decide the dimensions you want your blanket.
The BEST way to cut 100% cotton woven fabric is to tear it. Start out by tearing the edge off of 2 touching sides. This will give you a perfectly straight line to work with. Then measure your dimensions (adding 1 inch for seam allowance) and tear the fabric at the correct length. To tear: clip the fabric about an inch in from the edge and pull on either side of the cut. I tore my fabric to be 41 x 41 inches.
Once your woven fabric is torn you will have a perfectly square or rectangle piece to work with. Press the torn edges of the cotton fabric. Next lay out the minky fabric with the fuzzy side UP. Then lay the cotton fabric with the print side DOWN. This will make the right sides face each other (My fabric below is opposite what you should do ;)). Line one of the cotton fabric edges with the selvage of the minky fabric.
Once it is sewn you will flip the blanket through the little opening you left. Push out all 4 corners.
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