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My first crafty project for the baby! Mike has done most of the DIY work to paint and get the room ready. The list of crafty projects I’ve had in mind got pretty big once I thought about it so I’m excited I finally felt motivated enough to get something done.
I followed this tutorial by Jessi at Practically Functional. The first time I saw this post I thought it looked like something I could handle.
Joann’s was having an extra 25% off sale this past weekend so I knew it was this time to buy some fabric.
I decided to use one yard of cotton flannel and minky. I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with Joann’s baby print selection but I liked the more modern polka dots in the print I got. The colors are somewhat similar to our room but that wasn’t a big concern. I do love the color of the minky.
This is the first time I touched my sewing machine in at least 6 months so this project did not go as quickly as it should have for me. My tip if you do try it is to pin your two pieces of fabric really, really well. Don’t just pin the sides but in the middle too so there is no way the fabric will slide. I made that mistake and ended up ripping out three sides once the last one clearly wasn’t going to line up. That increased my time on this project by about three times as much. It did make me feel more confident in using my sewing machine again since I felt like I had forgotten how to use it.
After I figured out how to make the blanked the correct way it came together fairly easily. I was nervous my top stitching wouldn’t look good but it turned out to be (mostly) straight. I’m happy with the results and I have a snuggly blanket for my little boy for when he gets here that I made myself 🙂
I tried it out on the back of the rocker in the baby’s room to see how it looked. I’m not sure I would attempt this for a gift to give anyone but I would probably make a bigger version in the future. This size should last us for a while.