Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nesting Project #5: Blankets

You would think that after having a girl, I would have a million baby blankets, but when I went through them I realized they were almost all the little teeny receiving blankets that can swaddle a newborn for a week or two and then are too small.  I had a couple of great ones my mom made, but two is just not enough.  And, I didn't have any warm blankets.  So I supplemented what I had a little (I may end up needing another warm blanket for the car seat, but this is a good start). 

Here's a double-sided flannel blanket I made out of my stash.  I buy up flannel from the $1 table at Walmart when I see it and stash it for when someone has a baby.  But no one has had a girl in a while, so this has been hanging around for almost two years! 

Just an easy-peasy blanket: face right sides together, and stitch around, leaving a small opening to turn.  Clip the corners, turn right side out and press, then top stitch. 

These ones were even easier.  I happened to be at JoAnn when they had flannel at 50% off, which was dangerous.  I bought up a bunch of this because it was so pretty, and made two receiving blankets. 

This one just has to be cut to size (I like mine 44 in by 44 in, great for swaddling for months), and then the corners rounded (I use a small bowl), and then serged.  If you have access to a serger (thanks, Mom!), this takes about 5-10 minutes including cutting, tops. 

Now I have some soft, pretty blankets to wrap Baby Girl in when she decides to make an appearance!


Zachary and Allyson said...

You are so crafty! I love everything you have made for your baby! It is all so cute!
I am pretty sure you can never have too many blankets, especially when your baby is born during the colder months.
One idea for a carseat blanket is to take a baby blanket and make big button holes on the blanket so they match up with the straps holes on the car seat. Then slide the carseat straps through the holes on blanket. This way the blanket just stays in the carseat and you always have a blanket to cover the baby with but you can take it out to wash it when it gets dirty.(Sorry if it sounds confussing) Someone made one for us when Olivia was a baby and it was great!

Stephanie said...

My goodness you're getting a lot done. Do you stay up all night? You're making me want to have another baby just to have some fun projects! Hopefully she comes soon!

The Yoder's Four said...

I love making blankets!! In fact I'm sending you one when your baby gets here! :)

Flannel sales are very dangerous for me, too. ANY kind of fabric sale...

Echolaylee said...

I can't wait to see your cute little lady when she gets here! Good luck!