I finished the Cutie Booties and the Easy Peasy Sock Hat for my friend’s gift. The last piece I wanted to add to the collection was a blanket. I have seen lots of cute custom blankets around lately and figured there has to be a tutorial around that could help me make a simple baby blanket. I did a search and found this perfect tutorial at Prudent Baby – DIY Snuggly Baby Blanket.
It is such a simple and effective pattern. I wanted a light weight blanket for Summer or belly time. I used a bit more than called for- a yard and a half of flannel and cotton. To be honest, I didn’t even cut it- I just started to sew (after washing the fabric of course). Not because I didn’t think the pattern was right, but because I understood it wrong. For those who know me, reading comprehension isn’t always my strong suit.
With right sides together, I sewed all the way around with a basic stitch, leaving a 3 inch section un-sewn to be able to flip it outside right later. Then cut the excess trim after the first round of sewing. Don’t forget to cut the corners out as well to make it lay flat when you turn it outside right.
Once it was trimmed up, I turned it right side facing out.
I even used a pin to make sure my corners were perfect. This is a trick my Mom often talks about.
Then I ran the blanket, right side up, back through the machine using a scalloped stitch in a contrasting color.
I have never used a fancy stitch on my machine and thought this would be the perfect project. Turns out, I was right!
All together, I think this will be the perfect gift for my friend and her little baby girl on the way!