These days I feel like everyone I know has a new baby, is pregnant or is trying to get pregnant. Please note that Eric and I do not fall into any of these categories. We are quite happy to be the fun aunt and uncle for now! So what does this baby boom mean for me? I am in gift making over drive and have been working on these adorable double sided flannel blankets.
This tutorial comes in two parts. Part one is all about sewing the blanket. Part two will cover finishing the blanket off with a lovely crochet edge.
To complete part one of this project you will need:
- 1 1/4 yards of flannel (I choose a super cute woodlands print)
- 1 1/4 yards of corresponding flannel (I choose a hot pink chevron)
- An iron and ironing board
- A sewing machine and basic sewing supplies including scissors, matching thread and a seam ripper (I always make lots of mistakes)
2. Lay your fabric out on the floor, right sides together
3. Cut around the edges of your fabrics, to trim and square the two pieces . When you are done, you will have two pieces of fabric that are the exact same size. Pin around the edges of the blanket leaving one six inch gap in the middle of one side of the blanket. To mark the 6 inch gap I used two red straight pins. You will use this six inch hole to pull the blanket right side out.
4. Now it’s time to start sewing your blanket! Start sewing the square at one red pin and end at the other. I used a a 1/8 inch seam allowance on my blanket.
This means you are sewing a square but leaving a six inch hole at the top of the blanket. As mentioned above, you need this hole so don’t close it up!
Pull the blanket right side out through the 6 inch hole. WHen you complete this step, the right sides of the fabric should be facing out.
Iron the blanket and flatten out your seams. I told you sewing is really about ironing.
Although I don’t have a photo, I was inspired by a project over at the Purlbee I finished off my blanket with this beautiful crochet edge. Check out the Purlbee tutorial on finishing off the Crochet edge. The blanket they made is seriously gorgeous!