There have been a lot of babies making appearances around here lately and that means lots of baby showers! I love baby showers. Really! Its so much fun watching the Mom’s / Mom’s to be open their gifts and giggle and squeal over each tiny, precious thing 🙂 What I like even more is the chance to create something special and unique for each adorable little one 🙂
Of course, there are times when I’m swamped and totally forget about the baby shower until the day of! Opps! I might-a-sort-a-maybe did that yesterday 😉 A friend of mine is due in about a month with her third, and we threw her a surprise shower last night! At about 4 o’clock yesterday I was whipping up this adorable baby blanket and it took me less than 30 minutes!
Need a last minute baby gift? Can you sew a *mostly* straight line (I swear I will never master a truly straight seam!)? Got about 30 minutes? Then you can totally make this too!! This is an easy, basic beginners tutorial!
What you need – A sewing machine, thread, scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, iron, cute fabric and coordinating fleece.
Step 1 – Iron both fabrics, then cut a 24.5″ by 36.5″ rectangle out of each fabric.
Step 2 – Put the right sides of your fabric together and smooth out any wrinkles. Feel free to pin to keep the fabric in place. I choose to skip that part.
Step 3 – Starting in the middle of one of the long sides, start sewing using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Sew all the way around, stopping 4-5 inches from where you started (very important!!).
Step 4 – Trip off any extra fabric and clip the corners. Then, using the space you left, turn your fabric right sides out. Push out your corners and iron flat.
Step 5 – Pin the opening closed. The start sewing your top stitch just above the opening. Sew all the way around using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to stitch an inch or 2 past where you started to ensure durability.
Step 6 – Finish off by tucking your threads and giving the whole thing s quick once over with the iron.
TA DA!! You’ve made an adorable baby blanket!!
Told ya it was easy!
And isn’t that hedgehog fabric beyond adorable?? I can’t stop making things with it! I’ll have a couple zippies available in this print in Thursdays instagram sale! And *possibly* added to the shop soon!
If you’re brand new to sewing or just a beginner and need clarification on anything, feel free to send me an email and I’ll be happy to help!