Friday, December 21, 2012
baby blanket : custom order
I made this baby blanket for my aunt to give as a Christmas gift. She came into the quilt shop when I was working and I helped her pick out the fabrics. The red fabric is minky, which is a soft, plush fabric that is actually polyester, but feels amazing. The black & white fabric is 100% cotton and has small paw prints on it. She purchased a yard of each, so this blanket measures approximately 34" x 40".
I always pre-wash my cotton fabrics when making baby blankets. I wash & dry, then repeat. The first time I made a blanket, I did not do this and the cotton shrank and distorted the shape of the blanket. The minky does not shrink (since it is polyester), so I do not pre-wash it. Also, the minky would "shed" everywhere if it was washed with raw edges.
After the cotton has been pre-washed, I square up the edges. I then lay the cotton fabric on top of the minky fabric ("right" sides together) and cut around both fabrics. From there, I sew the sides together with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 6 inch gap to turn the fabric out. Before I turn the fabric out, I clip the corners to remove the bulk. Then I turn the fabric out, push the corners out, and pin the opening shut. Then I top stitch around the blanket 1/4" from the edge, making sure to catch the opening. It's just that simple. The only other thing I do is I set my stitch length quite short when I am sewing the fabrics together on the "inside". When I am top stitching, I set my stitch length a bit longer - I just think it looks nicer to have a longer top stitch. These really are the easiest blankets to make and anyone can make one! I hope you'll try!