Quick and Easy Baby Blanket
Has it really been over a week since I posted? I’ll blame it on summer, technical computer issues, and a daughter with a bad case of strep throat. The tonsils are coming out at the end of July, and as much as I am nervous about the surgery, I can’t wait for those monstrous things to be out of her throat. Two weeks ago my friend had a baby, and I realized I had given her some gifts, but nothing homemade. My first homemade gift was a peach, raspberry, and blueberry cobbler delivered along with some vanilla ice cream to two hungry new parents. Most newborns are tightly wrapped in swaddle and hat, but since the heat here is borderline oppressive, their little baby girl was clad only in a diaper. Why am I mentioning this? Because those newborn little bodies are covered in the softest down, and I got to hold that precious, beautiful little body in my arms and it brought back memories of my own kids when they were that small and new. I am also super excited because I get to take care of this little baby for a few days a week starting this fall. Hopefully it will soften the blow of sending my youngest little baby off to Kindergarten. I am really looking forward to watching her. Homemade gift number two is a baby blanket, just another excuse to stop by and hold the baby again! I noticed the parents did green in the nursery, and they are both biologists, so I am hoping the combination of animals and green will work for them. If you need a quick and easy handmade gift, this blanket is the way to go. Here’s how I made it:
You will need two pieces of fabric (a yard of each fabric)- I have always chosen one solid colored fabric and one patterned fabric when I make this blanket. I usually make the blanket in flannel, but Joann’s Fabric didn’t have any great patterns in flannel, so I went with a patterned cotton fabric, and silky fabric for the solid green. I always wash the fabric in Free and Clear detergent before beginning. You will need to cut both pieces of fabric to measure 33 inches by 42 inches.
Step 1: Pin fabric with right sides together. Leave a gap in the middle of one side that is about 12 inches long. You will be turning the blanket inside out through this hole.
Step 2: Using 1/2 inch seam, sew around all edges, starting at one side of the gap, and ending at the other. If your fabric is slippery, additionally pin the fabric diagonally from one corner to the other (it will be in the shape of an X through the center of the fabric). That will help the fabric stay in place.
Step 3: Clip each corner of the blanket, and feed one corner of the blanket through the 12 inch gap (see Step 2). Your blanket should now be right side out.
Step 4: Fold in the edges of the blanket at the gap, making sure the edges of the gap are even with the neighboring sewed edges. Press the folded edges of the gap and pin. Using an 1/8 inch seam allowance (or basically sew as close to the edge of the blanket as your machine allows), sew along the edges of the blanket, all the way around. You’re done!