Isn’t it super cold out? A little bit of snow always makes me feel really warm and snuggly! This week I finally got around to finishing a little project that I’ve been working on for a few months (Okay, like 4 months), a cute little baby blanket for a little boy.
I actually made two of these blankets, for two little ones that were born around a week apart. One lucky baby got his blanket within a week or so… and the other one had to wait for us to move house twice, for Christmas, New Year, the snow, and whatever else has come along, before I finally got around to finishing it.
It’s a pretty simple blanket, made from some lovely quilting cotton (can’t go wrong with a quilting cotton, right?), and some lovely Shannon dimple plush – which is so super-soft and strokable!! Luckily, they come in a convenient bundle over at Cloth Head, so I didn’t even have to think too hard about the colour combo.
I edged it with some luminous orange piping that I found on eBay – I really love the way it pops against the black and picks up the orange in the spaceships, I’m not great at picking out boys’ prints, but I think this one looks great.
I made two blankets out of 1 metre each of the cotton and plush, plus a 5m roll of piping, which was more than enough for both. They’re only supposed to be small blankets for prams or car seats, or using as a mat when you’re out and about, and I think they turned out just about the right size!
Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the construction, but here are the steps:
- First, cut your fabric to size – fold your plush and cotton along the selvedges to check that you have a straight edge, and divide your fabric in half. I like to measure against a table edge, which I know is going to be a right angle, rather than relying on the print (the spaceships look like they are straight, but they weren’t straight against the selvedge).
Fold your pieces of cotton into quarters and round off the edge. I traced a roll of Sellotape to get a round edge. Don’t forget to account for your seam allowance! It’s not necessary to do this with the plush (it’ll be too tricky to get them the same), so you can just leave that as a flat piece.
Attach your piping to the right side of the cotton piece, with the rounded, ‘piped’ edge pointing towards the centre of the blanket. Make sure to clip around the corners so that it lies lovely and flat. It’s best to start and end on a flat part, not a corner!
With the right sides together again, place the plush fabric on top of your fabric and piping. The plush is a little stretchy, so I found that it was easiest to pin it down straight on the carpet – this keeps it flat and stops it from moving whilst your pinning. Start along the longest edge. Use your zipper foot to help you get in really close to the piping
Keep pinning your blanket as you go. I found doing one side at a time, laying it flat on the carpet and pinning it to the carpet all around, really helped to stop the plush from moving and stretching. Use the dimple on the plush to make sure you have lined it up accurately.
Sew around all the sides, leaving a little gap on the last side so that you can turn the blanket inside out. Trim any excess from the seam allowance (leaving it longer at the opening), and flip the blanket inside out. Tuck the last bits of seam allowance into the hole and sew along the piping.
And that’s it! You could also include a little ribbon or tag where you’ve sewn the blanket closed (I did this on one of mine), or even embroider or attach an initial patch if you want to make it even more special!
If you have a go, let me see what you create!