Well, since we’re on a baby shower gift making kick, I decided to take a page out of Heather’s book and add an adorable Minky baby blanket into the mix.
I’ve got left over fabric from the burp cloths as well as a stash of ribbon. I figured I’d add a bunch of Minky and get a good size cuddle cuddle blanket.
I started by cutting 30 inch squares out of the Minky and coordinating fabric. I decided to embellish with ribbon tabs all along the edge of the blanket. So I cut 20 six inch pieces of ribbon.
I pinned the ribbon in a loops to the inside of the blanket. The spacing was a bit fun to figure out – I ended up with my ribbon on about 4 7/8″ centers. I started with the ribbon in the center of each side and then added the two loops on either side. This way, I didn’t have to mess with remembering the side seam allowance.
Once I was satisfied with the ribbon placement, I stitched all the loops into place with a 1/4″ seam. I then used a tons of pins, as recommended by Heather, to fit the squishy soft Minky to the front, right sides together. At this point, I trimmed the Minky a bit to make sure I’d have even seams all the way around. I double pinned at the opening I left for turning and stitched a 1/2″ seam around the blanket, backstitching at the opening to reinforce it.
I clipped the corners of the blanket so they would lay flat when I turned it.
Turn and press, making sure not to melt your ribbon. I finished this off with a 1/4″ top stitch around the inside of the blanket to lock everything in place.
Done! I really like the tabs, I think they will be perfect for little chubby hands to grab on.
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