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Friday, September 17, 2010

Easy Cozy Baby Blanket

My daughter was invited to a friend's baby shower and wanted to give a handmade gift for the new baby. Considering that she is a college student with two part time jobs, she really didn't have the time to crochet a baby blanket in time for the shower. And also considering that she is a college student, she didn't have much money to spend on materials to make a nice gift. So she did what I mentioned yesterday that I've been doing lately...she used what she had and made something nice for her friend's baby.

A few summers ago while we were on vacation, Elizabeth had purchased some very cozy fabric that is almost like a cross between chenille and terry cloth with a nice little wave pattern to it. She cut it up into squares and made a blanket that she kept for herself. She also made a little pillow for her little sister Gracie which is a favorite bedtime cuddle companion. But she had some squares left which had been sitting in my sewing room since then. Here's what she did with them...

Easy Cozy Baby BlanketShe laid them out in a design that she liked and stitched them all together to make the top.

Easy Cozy Baby BlanketThen she brought the top down to our new Joann Fabric store and found this flannel that matched the colors perfectly. The fabric was on sale so it cost her less than $4.00 for the piece she needed.

Easy Cozy Baby BlanketShe stitched the two pieces around the edges with right sides together, leaving an opening for turning.

Easy Cozy Baby BlanketThen she turned it and top stitched around the edges again.

She'll run it through the wash before giving it away to remove all the little fuzzies and to cozy up the flannel. Don't you think that's a nice gift for a baby shower?

Happy Stitching!

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