Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tutorial Tuesday: Snuggly Baby Blanket

I decided to make a square baby blanket, inspired by the fact that I seem to have quite a few friends with babies on the way… very soon! Having had two summer babies, I found that very simple square cotton jersey blankets were essential! Great for wrapping up little ones and also great for laying out on the floor like a play mat.
Usually these type of blankets are made from interlock (a double sided and slightly thicker cotton jersey) but I decided to use two layers of Girl Charlee Cotton Jersey for a contrast (Orange Chevron and Fox Family on Aqua) which worked just as well, if not better!
This was really quick and easy to make and looks so good when finished, a perfect gift for baby showers or first birthday gifts!  Here's what I did...
I made my blanket into a square measuring 94cm along each side but you can make it any size you like! I also made a paper pattern but there isn’t any reason why you can’t cut it straight from the fabric. To make a nice curve at each corner, you can draw around a plate or bowl if, like me, you don't have a French curve!

Now cut out your 2 squares, wrong sides together. Make sure you have checked the direction of your patterns (if using patterned fabric) as I particularly wanted the chevrons horizontal behind the foxes.

It was at this point that I decided to add a little fox family to the chevron side (I love a bit of applique!) I simply ironed a small left over piece of the fox fabric on to Bondaweb and cut them out. I left a small blue outline around each fox so I could then hand sew around them.

Now it’s time to make a trim! I decided to make mine look a little bit like bias binding. My trim is using the chevrons and this is so easy to cut into long strips if you follow the direction of the pattern (2 inches wide).

Iron each strip in half lengthways, wrong sides together.

Open them out so you have a nice crease running down the centre.

Then take the outer edge and fold it in towards the centre fold and press. Do this for both sides.

Once you have your trim, you can pin it along the outer edge of one side of your blanket (right sides together). I needed to make four joins but just folded it in as I was going along.

 
Sew along the crease all the way around. When you fold the trim back over, you can’t see the stitching.

Now carefully ease your second layer of fabric (wrong sides together) underneath the other side of the trim. I found that a little bit of snipping into the curves helped! Pin all the way around. You need to try and make sure that the trim is as equal in width on both sides as possible.

 
Once you are happy that it is in, sew quite close to the edge of the trim. You will be able to see the stitching on the other side. My stitching wobbled a bit on the chevron side but I am still really pleased with it!

I personally think that this will make a great baby shower gift and you also have the option of making it more personalised with some fun applique!
Other fabrics which work well together - 
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Happy Sewing!
~ Jen & The Girl Charlee Team

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