Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Simple Rosette Blanket

My sister and my awesome soldier brother-in-law will be welcoming their first baby in the next month! The last time Alison was home, friends and family celebrated with a baby shower and I was a little stumped at first as to what to shower my sister with.

Natalie and Michaela Byrd wanted to get her a puppy, but that was out of the question.

We were perusing the aisles at JoAnn Fabric one day when I spotted the deliciously soft nursery fabrics and knew I wanted to try my hand at making a baby blanket. Baby Girl's crib bedding has some lilac-y purple and soft green in it, so I chose two soft fabrics with that nice lilac color.

Two yards seemed like an awful lot of fabric for one tiny baby girl, so I believe I went with a yard of each fabric, perhaps a yard and a half. Washing beforehand is a must, but I hate the way the fabric tends to shred on the ends, even when washed on a delicate cycle.

First, I laid my fabrics out on my cutting mat, trimmed off the shredded edges, and then evened them all up so that they'd make the same size rectanglish shape when stuck together.

I used excess fabric to make some soft rosettes, following Amanda's easy tutorial over at Imperfectly Beautiful. The only thing I changed was that I hand stitched the rosettes as I worked, using about 478 stitches in each one to ensure that they wouldn't unravel and choke Baby Girl. Baby blankets tend to need washing, and I wasn't sure hot glue would last through the spin cycle.

The rosette part was time consuming, but I got to catch up on some DVR'd shows while I worked. You can't go wrong with that.

Once my rosettes were complete, I laid them out on the right side of the fabric rectangle that coordinated best, and hand stitched them in place. Then I laid my two fabric rectangles together with wrong sides facing out, pinned them in place, and machine stitched the rectangles together. I left a small opening to turn the entire thing inside out, used a capped pen to poke the corners out, and hand stitched the opening together using a very ghetto method that I am sure sewing teachers everywhere would cringe at.

Final product?
All wrapped up in the gift basket:

Easy peasy! If you have a coupon, fabric can be relatively inexpensive and if you can sew straight lines, you'll find this a very simple project. Using more yardage would enable you to make a lovie for a toddler or preschooler.

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Happy Crafting!
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20 comments:

  1. Such a lovely and thoughtful gift Amanda. Thank you for sharing. xx

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  2. The blanket is gorgeous! They are going to love it! I bet you will be her favorite aunt!

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  3. So very nice of you - the roses are a great touch!

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  4. So very nice of you - the roses are a great touch!

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  5. How sweet! Love the little rosettes. So cute! Love the "ghetto" remark. So funny! Next time if you don't want to hand sew, iron it and top stitch all the way around the outer edge including the unsewn part. I just hate to hand sew, but that's just me.

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  6. So soft and cuddly! Years ago I read that basting the cut edges of new fabric together helps avoid as much of the ravellies. That or putting them in a lingerie bag or pillow case to pre-wash.

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  7. LOVE it! So adorable! I'm sure your niece will love snuggling in it :-D

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  8. Amanda, that is just simply beautiful..Im sure your sis and new baby girl will love it..looks so soft!

    Barb

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  9. What a thoughtful gift for your sister. Your new niece is sure to love this. Adding the rosettes really makes this special.

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  10. I love the rosettes, they make the already cute blanket just so much sweeter!

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  11. That's darling, Amanda! I'll bet your sister was so happy to open it!

    I wish I could have gotten something made of fabric in time to enter the fabric challenge. I have fabric. I have a sewing machine. But WHEN do I actually put those two things together? When??

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  12. Such a sweet blankie!! You neice will love it- always enjoy handmade gifts- they are full of love!

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  13. Cute blanket. Love the rosettes!

    To cure the ravelly edges before you wash if your machine does a zig zag run the edges through first. The zig zag stops the ravels. If you can't do a zig zag turn over about 1/2 inch and straight stitch it down. Oooor use pinking shears if you have them.

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  14. This is such a great gift. I really like the rosettes.

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  15. What a sweet baby gift! I love the added touch of the flowers. I am sure you made one baby girl happy (and her mother too).

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