After sewing for my own kids the past few years, I think I’ve mastered making the most common baby accessories – bibs, burp cloths, blankets, crib sheets…But last week, I tried something completely new that was SO easy I can now add it to my list. It literally took me an afternoon after school (actually during my little one’s nap time). Now that’s my kind of sewing! Drawn out projects tend to stress me out and I can’t sleep at night knowing I have something unfinished waiting for me. So this tutorial is great for those who want to make something quick and easy for a friend’s new baby or yours!
Babies love texture! When they’re around 3-4 months, they begin to hold things. This blanket is so versatile. You can add as many ribbons, teething tags, or textures as you want. Make it your own! You can also add crinkle fabric (try using a clean, cereal bag) between your fabrics. To finish it off, add rings to attach to their stroller or car seat so it will always be nearby. Let’s start by learning how to make one for yourself!
Step 1: Gather your Supplies
The great thing about this project is it doesn’t take much fabric! So if you already sew, chances are, you already have everything you need. But if not, it wouldn’t cost very much to go out and buy what you need.
Fabric: At least 1/2 yard of minky and cotton fabric. A Fat Quarter would be the perfect size!
Ribbon: 5″ strips of different types of ribbon in various widths. You can use gross-grain, satin, pattern & solid ribbon. Remember, babies love bright colors and different textures! I used 3 pieces of ribbon on each side of the blanket, but you can use as many as you want.
Helpful Hint: The larger the width of the ribbon, the easier it is to sew.
Basic sewing supplies: Sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins, etc. **Rotary cutter and ruler is convenient, but completely optional.
Step 2: Cut and Pin
Cut your front fabric and minky backing in a 16″ X 16″ square, and cut your ribbon in 5″ strips.
With your front fabric right side up, pin the strips of ribbon along the four sides of the blanket as shown in the picture. Be sure you fold the ribbon wrong sides together. Space the ribbons out however you like and pin to the edge of the fabric.
Step 3: Sew down Ribbon
Using a straight stitch, sew down your strips of ribbon on all four sides of the blanket.
Step 4: Sew blanket
With your front fabric right side up, place your minky fabric right side down and pin all four sides.
Helpful Hint: Minky stretches a lot when sewing, so use as many pins as you can. It will help!
Sew a straight stitch along all four sides leaving an opening of about 2-3 inches. It is best to not leave your opening next to a corner.
Step 5: Turn inside out and Iron
You’re almost done! Turn the blanket inside out and poke out corners using a small tool (pencil eraser tips work great!). Iron the front side only. Do not iron minky!
Step 6: Top-stitch blanket
This step is my favorite. Adding a top stitch gives a finishing touch to your blanket and also locks in the ribbon stitches. Sew a straight stitch 1/4″ from the edge along all four sides of the blanket, closing your opening.
Press again with your iron and you’re done!
Now baby can have his or her own lovey! I think my one-year-old would love to hold and carry this around. Take a look at the boy version I posted to my Instagram here. Enjoy!
Have a blessed day,