How to Make a Tied Baby Blanket

Want to make a quick and easy baby blanket in about an hour? Well this project is for you! I just love Ellen Crimi-Trent’s adorable Beetle Boy fabric and just had to make a blanket for my 18 month old using the cheater cloth print here.

So it’s super easy! Here’s what you need:
-1.5 yards of a really cute fabric print fabric
-1.5 yards of a really soft fabric like minky, flannel, or any other soft fabric you can find
-About a yard or so of yarn to coordinate with your fabrics
-A needle with an eye big enough to fit your yarn through
-Scissors, pins, sewing machine, and all of those basic sewing supplies

Now you’re ready! First, lay out your soft fabric and print fabric right sides together. Trim down your soft fabric if it is larger so that all sides match up. BBLaidOUtBBSidesFacing
Now take a cup or anything rounded and use a pen or marker to mark your curved corners (looks nice and reduce bulk at corners). Trim off excess fabric at corners, using your marking as a guide.
Pin two layers together all along the outside edges.
Sew all the way around the edges using a half inch seam allowance. Use a walking foot if you have one to avoid puckers/gathers as you sew. Leave about a 4″ opening for turning.
Trim excess fabric all the way around but do not trim around the opening. The extra fabric will make it easier to topstitch after turning.
Turn the blanket so that the right sides are facing out and smooth out edges and corners.
Starting at the opening, tuck in the flaps and topstitch all the way around, backstitching at the end.
Get out your yarn and needle, and thread on your yarn. Starting in the middle, begin making ties through both layers of fabric every 6″ to 8″ evenly throughout the quilt. Put the needle down through the top and bring it back up through the bottom, leaving about an inch to 2 inches of yarn to tie off with a double knot.
Wash the blanket and prepare to snuggle! My baby wasn’t around for the photo, so my other baby had to fill in…these blankets make great pet blankets too!BBFinished
I hope you like this project–it’s fun and easy to do! Feel free to send photos of your own tied blanket projects–we’d love to share them on the blog. Until then, Happy Sewing!

June 2011 Collections!

UPDATE! Congrats to Julie Westbroek for being our randomly selected winner of the free fat quarters! Julie commented, “Scribble monsters is my favorite…you can never have too many silly looking monsters.”

Thanks to everyone who commented!

Here’s a mix of fun and gorgeous collections to look forward to for June 2011! Vote on your favorite collection in the comments below for your chance to win free fat quarters!

First up is the cute and playful Choo Choo You by Richard Neuman.
ChooChooYou1ChooChooYouThe lovely Love collection is by Cedar West.

Gone Haunting by Sue Zipkin…stylish Halloween fun!

Scribble Monsters by Leere’ Aldrich…adorable little creepy critters!

We look forward to hearing what you all think! One winner will be selected at random and announced this Friday at 4pm. Happy Sewing!

Snap Happy!

That talented Lettis has been making all kinds of wonderful sewing creations! Check out this cool pattern she discovered called Snap Happy by Stitchin’ Sisters.
Fun! These cute little bags make use of a carpenter’s measuring tape for the “snappy” enclosure. Isn’t that cool? Fabrics used in the bags are from Le Jardin de Papillons by Chris Chun, Jasmine by Pamela Mostek, and Hydrangeas by Sue Zipkin.

Thanks for sharing your lovely creativity with us, Lettis! Happy Sewing to all!