One thing Raya has always cried for was her blanket, or even a burp cloth. Ever since the very beginning, she really wants the security of having it. So early on, I made her this security blanket, which I still love. It turned out so pretty! But, it’s not her favorite, despite how cute *I* happen to think it is.
But you DIY-mamas know my aggravation at having my daughter haul around something store-bought, right? :)
Determined, yesterday I decided to give it another shot. She definitely prefers flannel, so I picked up a cute sock monkey print in the hopes that her go-to comfort is something handmade by me this time.
I don’t think it’s going to work. But, I will give it a few days, because you never know. I’ll still show you how I made a simple little blanket, which can be made any size, and might just be your kiddo’s favorite, even if it’s not mine!
First of all, I chose two flannels. A) Because she really seems to like flannel, and B) because flannel has a natural cling to it so I don’t need to worry so much about quilting.
I cut my squares to 18″ to be security-sized. You can do anything, though – a nice gift size for a new baby is a yard of 45″ wide fabric.
First of all – re-wash your fabrics. Especially if you’re using cottons. Once you’re done, trim up your fabrics, and lay them out how you want your blanket. The fuzzy side of the white backing was face-down, and the print side of the print was face up. Line up the edges. It’s okay if your backing is up to 1/2 inch or so bigger, but you don’t want the top bigger than the bottom. Trim if necessary.
Now we’re going to do a really simple binding. You can use a separate binding fabric – that would be the “proper” quilters’ method, but I feel this works just as well and goes so much more quickly. I had this small size finished (and photographed) in 30 minutes!
First of all, fold your edge up by 1/2 an inch.
Now fold it up again. Then pin it. That’s it – we’ll be doing this all the way around. Easy, right?
When you get to the corner, this is tougher to explain than it is to do. Work with only one side bound. If you’ve bound each side already, just be sure there’s enough room to evenly work on your corner.
Fold the bound edge (on the right side in the photo) by 45 degrees, so that it makes a triangular shape like this:
Now fold the bottom up half an inch, like we did the binding for the egdes:
And fold up up one more turn, to create your corner. It may take you a couple tries to get it right, but that’s ok. Once you like how it looks, pin it in place.
When you’ve got it pinned all the way around:
It’s time to stitch the binding. Sew as close to the edge as you can while staying in the binding. If you have any spots where you accidentally get only blanket, you’ll need to go over them again. Take your time. We’re actually nearly done!
When you get to the corner, leave your needle down (in the fabric) and pivot 45 degrees.
Stitch down the corner.
When you get to the end, stop. Run your stitching in reverse back up to where you started your corner. If you’re not quite comfortable stitching in reverse, you can also leave your needle in, turn your blanket all the way around, and stitch straight until you’re back at the intersection of your binding. Stop with your needle down.
Now pivot your fabric another 45 degrees, and move on to stitching your next side, until you’ve stitched the biding down all the way around.
Admire your handiwork, because that’s all there is to it, mama!
In my case – this was all the easy part… Raya didn’t exactly embrace it. We’ll try it for a few days, but I sense round three sometime in the near future. *sigh* It’s funny – they want what they want, don’t they? :)
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