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A few years ago I started noticing a trend in my life – people were having babies. Every few months I would get a birth announcement in the mail, a group text from an acquaintance or open Facebook to find a well-staged photo of a line of large, medium and small shoes usually attached to a cheesy tagline – “and then there were three…”
Facebook became a baby lookbook I could not escape. A newsfeed that was once foodies, exotic trips and funny dog videos seemed to overnight become a Pinterest board of nursery ideas and sonogram photos. The whiplash was a little scary, but after attending a few baby showers, I realized that this phenomenon was not a blip and it was not going away.
So what’s a girl to do? Embrace it. And that’s the story of how I got knocked up. Hahaha I’m kidding, I’m kidding. My husband and I are still mostly terrified of children and won’t be having our own for...a while. No, that’s the story of how I learned to make a baby blanket in 30 minutes.
30 minutes, you say?!? Oh yes. It’s very simple, very easy, and very inexpensive. The best part about this blanket is that people assume it took you hours of time and planning. People also assume that it was personalized just for them. *maniacal grin*
Little do they know that you have a pile of baby blankets on reserve. (after learning how simple this technique is, you really will) So when others are handing over their gifts of rubber nipples and bizarre bugger-sucking contraptions, you will get to proudly unveil a soft homemade blankie wrapped up with a bow. Those baby showers just got a lot less unbearable, oui?
To make one of these super sweet swaddles you don’t need much, not even very good sewing skills. Don’t believe me? After these 6 simple steps you will. Promise.
- Sewing Machine
- Thread (as much as possible, try to match this thread with the cotton fabric. The less the thread matches, the more noticeable it will be)
- 1 yd. Minky (I have been getting my minky from a wonderful online shop called Hawthorne Threads. They have beautiful colors and great quality.)
- 1 yd. Cotton (Picking out this cotton fabric is the super fun part! The amount of quirky cute fabric out there is staggering, so don’t hold back! Be bold! Below are a few of my favorite online fabric shops. For a more detailed list of great online fabric shops, check out this blog post!)
6 Simple Steps
- Make a small snip with your scissors and tear the cotton fabric on each side. This ensures that the corners of the fabric are perfectly square. Many times when you get fabric off the bolt, it is not cut on the grain and will look “wonky” – like a rhombus. By tearing the fabric, you get it back on the grain. (See Quilt Terms if you are unsure what the fabric grain is.)
- Lay minky on the floor right side up and place the cotton on top, right side down. Trim the excess minky with your scissors.
- Pin around the edges, every few inches, leaving a 6” gap on one side.
- Sew a ½” seam around the edge EXCEPT for the 6” gap. Backstitch either side of the gap so it doesn’t rip during Step 5.
- Stick your arm into the hole you created in Step 4, and flip the blanket inside out. At this stage it looks a bit like a pillow case. Poke the corners out with your fingers. Pin the edges down.
- Start where the hole is, and sew a ¼” seam around the edges to finish your blanket. Backstitch where the seams connect to secure the thread.
And that’s it! You’ve just completed your baby blanket! The first one probably took you longer than 30 minutes, but once you have made it once, the second will go sooo much faster. And then the third...and the fourth...ahhhh! So many babies! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, fabric recommendations, weird baby shower stories, minky blanket success stories, funny dog videos, anything! I just love hearing from you!! xo