|Posted by Angela Diaz on July 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
I was invited to my favorite cousin's baby shower a few weeks ago. She lives in New Jersey (about a two-hour drive from here). Her registry was on the invitation, but I wanted to make something myself. It would be so much more special making something for her first-born. I decided to go with a large, no-sew fleece blanket. Here's why:
When I was pregnant with my first son, the pastor's wife from the church I was attending at the time gave me a large, tied fleece blanket for my son. It was made by one of the women at the church that I didn't even know. On one side it was blue with teddybears wearing red sweaters all over it. On the other side, it was plain red. I loved that blanket. It was large enough that my son didn't grow out of it in a few months like most baby blankets. It was super thick since it was two layers of fleece tied together. It was his day-care blanket, it was his pre-k nap time blanket, it was the blanket we took to picnics to sit on because it was so comfy and thick and you couldn't feel grass poking through the blanket. My son is now 10 years old and we STILL have that blanket and still use it frequently.
Sooo....I headed over to the store and purchased 1 1/2 yards of two different patterns of no-sew fleece. One was a plain lime green color, the other was a pattern with little frogs on it. My cousin in expecting a boy so I thought little froggies would be cute. I You Tube'd some videos on how to make these and they are so simple to do. It did take a little time and I had to clear out a little floor space in my room. But basically here's what I did:
1. Lay the fabric that you would consider the back piece of the blanket on the floor with the right side facing the floor (some fleece patterns don't have a right or wrong side). In my case, the lime-green piece of fabric I had was the same on both sides so I just laid it out flat on the floor.
2. Lay the front blanket fabric piece on top with the good side facing you and the wrong side of the fabric touching the back piece. (Both wrong sides of the fabric are facing each other).
3. Smooth out both pieces of fabric. Make sure they are completely open and spread out. Now trim the entire blanket's edges so that all edges are even with both pieces of fabric.
4. Cut a 4" x 4" square in each corner.
5. Cut strips about 1" to 1.25" wide and 4" high all around the blanket.
6. Go around the entire blanket tying a double-knot with the two strips together. Tie them tight, but not so tight that they eat up the blanket. The first time I did this I tied the knots so tight, that the blanket basically shrunk to a very small size. I had to un-do the knots (that was so hard and time-consuming to do). I re-tied them so that they were secure, but not pulling on the body of the blanket.
The blanket came out beautifully, was appreciated by my cousin, and only cost $11.00 to make. I would have spent much more had I tried to purchase some things on the registry for sure. I didn't even spend money on wrapping paper. I made her one of my re-usable cloth bags and put the blanket inside. Basically the bag was for her, the blanket was for the baby.