Baby Blanket Tutorial
My name is Riann and I’m Vicki’s daughter. I have been making a lot of baby blankets lately, some of which you can see on my blog, birdiestitches.blogspot.com. Today, I just wanted a fun, simple project to give to a friend at her baby shower. I created this blanket with pom pom trim that can be found on the Lollipops and Notions Etsy site.
I started by cutting two 36″ x 36″ squares of fabric. I chose a pink flannel with flowers and a blue polka dot fabric. I folded both fabrics in half twice, so that I only had to cut an 18″ x 18″ square (I started folding it in half once, then in half the other direction. Then I trimmed the two raw sides down to the 18″ x 18″ size.)
Next, I placed a dinner plate on the corner of the two raw sides and traced a curved line around the corner. Then I trimmed the fabric, creating a rounded edge blanket, instead of a square. I also only had to trace and cut one corner because it is folded to be an 18″ x 18″ square. All the corners line up, so you only have to do one corner (This sounds confusing, but it works, I promise!)
Now for the fun part! I put the fabric right sides together, and then pinned the pompom trim in the middle. Make sure that the pompoms face the middle of the blanket and is in between the two fabrics. I pinned everything together because I didn’t want the trim to slide when I was sewing. I sewed everything together using a 1/2″ seam. Make sure to leave an opening, 3″-4″ wide, so that you can turn the blanket right side out. When you do, it will look like this!
I sewed a line of stitching 1/8″ from the edge and 5/8″ from the edge, just to anchor everything down better and give it a more finished edge. This also sews up the opening that you used to turn the blanket right side out. I ironed and pinned this opening before sewing, to make sure it laid flat. And this is what the finished edge looks like.
I just love the fun pompom trim. I think it really adds to the standard baby blanket that I usually give friends and family. It is available in a few colors in the Lollipops and Notions Etsy site. And just in case you need more inspiration, I have included a picture of this adorable kids poncho with pompom trim. This pattern is also available from Lollipops and Notions!